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Rings of Power by Mike GIllette

Rings of Power by Mike Gillette Cool new book from Mike Gillette about Ring Training for all fitness levels. Being on this shoot with Mike was like working with a real live action hero! (And I got to put a cinderblock on him too!) Mike knows his stuff and shares everything you need to know for his versatile go-anywhere ring training.  Full progressions of every exercise, workout plans, and all the know-how to take the training as far as you wish. Good stuff, and yes, that's me on the left side of the cover  :)


The FUTURE of Personal Training... Podcast with Rolando Garcia III, Author of Intrinsic Excellence

I've been friends with Rolando Garcia III for a while now, and we seem to have a fun tradition of meeting up for lunch and having great discussions whenever I visit NYC. While we decided to spare you the restaurant noises, we didn't want to deprive you of a podcast.  Considering that Rolando's book launched just a few days ago, it seemed more than appropriate to get this podcast out to you now.  It's linked below for online listening via iTunes, Stitcher, and now fancy slideshow version on Youtube! (Which do you enjoy most? Please tell me in the comments section at the bottom of this post) Testing some other new systems mean you actually get some SHOW NOTES this time! :) Hurrah!  Let me know if that's something you enjoy or not (it's a lot of work, so if you don't care, please tell me!)

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The World is Watching You

Maybe you're a fitness instructor, maybe you participate in recreational sports, or maybe you're simply taking an active role in your own health and fitness.  This makes you fairly unique these days, and most likely that will make you stand out within a given peer group.  Interestingly, many times the people who are just starting to make healthy changes to their lives are under the most scrutiny, and can be the most vulnerable.   Especially if they happen upon a few insecure folks who are uncomfortable with these changes.   Not sure what exactly triggered it, but the other night on Twitter, I felt the need to say this:

Personally, I can think of several times where I didn't take action (but should have) because my confidence was dampened by an off hand "helpful" comment from a friend who theoretically meant well, but who ultimately discouraged me.  Don't let that happen to you, and don't let that happen to those around you who may be just starting on their path to a healthier lifestyle.

Some Observations About the Recent Interview with Tom Davin, CEO of 5.11 Tactical, Primal Move, and Flexible Steel

Really enjoyed interviewing Tom Davin of 5.11 Tactical for Dragon Door a few weeks ago at the San Diego RKC.  One of the things that I noticed right away was Tom's incredible enthusiasm for both what he does professionally and personally within his own life.  This is a pattern I keep seeing in people who are experiencing success in their life and/or business—a genuine enthusiasm, curiosity, and a need to share.   Even if you aren't in a tactical or fitness field, we can all stand to learn more about leadership.  

Orlando HKC Experience - Helping Out, Testing, and More! (Part 2)

We came back from lunch and promptly started back in on the Get Up.   I really love the get up - at first, waaaay back when (a couple years ago or more) I was first learning it, I thought it was actually very overwhelming.  It seemed awkward and unnecessarily confusing, and somehow (now I have no idea how I was doing this) I'd always end up facing the opposite direction.   Fortunately, with the coaching skills of Tim Shuman, RKCII I was able to quickly get a clue in the get up department.   It's really not something you can teach yourself from videos - videos and DVDs are great when you're just using them to reinforce live coaching, or to build on your skills etc.

Franz Snideman, Senior RKC, Interview - kettlebells, leadership, motivation and more


I am here today with Franz Snideman, Senior RKC, who was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions.  Franz, how did you first discover kettlebells?


I first discovered kettlebells through my identical twin brother, named Keats Snideman.  He’s an RKC from Arizona.  I have always been into progressive new stuff in fitness, and in 2002, my brother said, “You’ve got to try these things called kettlebells.  They’re amazing.”  I bought a couple.  I was horrible at them.  I had no idea how to use them, and then in the fall of 2002, my clients and I found Pavel and we said, “This is the guy that we need to go learn from,” so we hired him.  We drove up to Santa Monica for a two hour private session with him at the Santa Monica beach.  It  literally changed the entire course of my career.  Pavel told me about his RKC certification, which was then probably only in its second year.  I think it started in ’01, maybe the end of 2000, so it was fairly new.  I took it in April of ’03 and the rest is history. 


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