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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  :)


Competitive Circuit Workout for Monkey Bars, Bodyweight Exercise, and Sprints

I've enjoyed variations of this little combo for a couple of years, it's always a lot of fun and can even feel a little bit like a game.  Most recently a friend and I did the workout for 10 rounds followed by a more focused strength workout.  If you have a group, you can even perform this as an interesting relay race.  No matter how many rounds you choose, be sure to record the amount of time so that you can see how you improve the next time you give it another try.

Monkey Bars, Calisthenics, Sprint Circuit Workout

The Value of a Fresh Start

As usual, there's a lot of tough talk on the internet and Facebook about how New Years resolutions are useless. And I get it, I understand that for many people, resolutions fail year after year after year. Especially big, "unrealistic" resolutions... HOWEVER...

Here's to being more in 2016
No, I'm not sharing the missing adjective, that's between me and me.

Sometimes these resolutions fail because the stakes aren't high enough, the commitment isn't solid enough, or maybe the time isn't right. But the past doesn't matter, what you can do now and change now does matter. If drawing a line in the sand when the calendar flips over to a new year helps, then do it.

There's a reason all these 21-day, 30-day, 45-day, 60-day, 90-day challenges exist--people want a chance to start over. And while the implementation of these things is often faulty or flawed, there's no real reason to throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. 

Monkey Bar Monday and Outdoor Flow State Fun with Slacklining

Happy ‪#‎MonkeyBarMonday‬ everyone! For some of you who have seen the preview on Instagram, here's the whole thing... including the "spiders" obstacle.

Monkey Bar Monday Playground Edition

While I am not in the least bit afraid of spiders (and at one point had about seven pet tarantulas) I am not about to just shove my hand through a spiderweb with the spider sitting in it looking right at me. HAHAHA!

Also after a hectic (but productive) week, I spent a fair amount of time slacklining. It's been a while since I have, mainly due to time and mostly due to nasty weather as rain and muddy ground is not conducive to a good time for Slacklining.

A Challenging But Oddly Stress-Relieving Workout

The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning by Zach Even-EshThis fun challenge I wrote up for a friend and I became a neat strength endurance challenge of the "accidental cardio" variety (in places).  I've been gearing up for Zach Even-Esh's Underground Strength Coach workshop in Orlando, and essentially using that as an excuse to come up with more "General preparedness" workouts inspired by his book the Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning.  Not to go too far into this next subject, but as a lot of these sort of workshops are usually attended by a bunch of guys, I make it my personal responsibility to be super prepared as to not be needing any special treatment.   I take great pride in that sort of thing and NEVER want to be the reason that a workshop is slowed down. Gotta be able "to hang" as "they" say. Right?

Hawaii, Motivation, Priorities, American Ninja Warrior... [with videos]

Hawaii Adventure, or how I ended up doing pull ups right next to the Pacific Ocean...

Those of you on Instagram already know some of what's in this post, but I wanted to kind of fill in the details here and there.  In recent years I've gotten into a travel habit, so much so that if I have to stick around in one place too long I get a little annoyed.  Granted the constant need of my neighborhood to use leaf blowers and other noisy lawn equipment EVERY morning as soon as legally possible (7AM by city ordinance, which means they crank up full volume at about 7:01AM... I know because I looked) may contribute to this fact. There are many plus sides to Florida, particularly my specific location, but it also drives me nuts sometimes and I like to get outta here. In fact, I'll pretty much fly out at the drop of a hat. We'll chalk it up to strange (misplaced?) priorities, but I won't pretend to be normal, no one is that easily fooled.

In the usual fashion, everything likes to happen at once, so right after I booked a crazy whirl-wind trip to Hawaii (mostly to retain Delta Medallion status for 2015), I got a message from someone in casting for American Ninja Warrior?!?! I arranged a call with him the night before my flight out (had to get up at 4AM the next day...) to hear the details. It was fun to even think about.  I used to watch the Japanese version of the show on occasion and of course had seen the recent video of Kacy just absolutely obliterating the obstacle course! In fact, it seems that Kacy and her resulting popularity and serious inspiration had encouraged ANW to reach out and encourage more women to audition.


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