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A Workout Heavily Inspired by Zach Even-Esh's The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning

The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and ConditioningAt the last minute, I ended up having a coffee break with a friend today and toted along Zach Even-Esh's brand new Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning.  She's also an aficionado of incredibly challenging workouts and in addition to being a member of our kettlebell small group, is almost always up for a "Hey, I have this crazy workout to test, want to try it?" situation.  Like the time this past Memorial Day when we did a version of the Murph Hero WOD for fun in the park.

Getting a review copy of the book was a real treat as Zach not only shares tons of cool exercises, approaches to programming, and example workouts, he also shares his own personal story.  This is absolutely fascinating stuff, and in some weird way, makes understanding his "no rules" "underground" approach that much easier.

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I'm a big fan of questioning the mainstream (a glance at the music I've collected for the past 25+ years will also attest to that). Also, many times I've been let down by "what you're supposed to do" in terms of "women's fitness".

The Scorcher: a Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout

For whatever reason it seemed like we all had a bit of extra energy to burn off this week, so I planned a real fun one.  Part challenge, part skills, part mobility, with a little extra dose of extreme cardio (it is if the kettlebell swings are heavy enough).  I am super proud to report that my little band of kettlebell buddies are so advanced at this point that everyone who showed up on Tuesday did their heavy swings with the 32kg. And we ONLY do legit swings on my watch, so the amount of sheer power generated by this small training group is very off the charts.

Advanced Partner Workout - It's Also Scaleable!

Admittedly, this advanced partner workout borders on just a little bit silly, but it is also a whole heck of a lot of fun.  It works well for people who are fairly close in athletic abilities, but it is super easy to adapt it for very advanced or intermediate partner possibilities. 

Also, there's a somewhat excessive amount of cool fitness toys in this one, and that's mainly due to a "just because we can" situation -- all in a blissful airconditioned space with multiple pull up stations etc.  (Granted if you had seen us after this workout you might have thought we had been outside in the 90 degree heat with 100% humidity...)

Abracadabra - a Slightly Core-Focused Kettlebell and Friends Challenge!

Small group had FUN with this one tonight - it involved many of our favorite "toys": kettlebells in a variety of weights (12kg, 14kg, 16kg, 24kg), a Battling Rope, and the infamous "evil wheel" (aka the $12 of pain, ab wheel).

Core Torture, the Insidious Kettlebell Swing Practice Workout

After reading a good bit of Bud Jeffries new book, I Will Be Iron (currently out on ebook format, soon to be out in paperback), I was more than just a little bit inspired.   One of the things I like about his book is the real world focus on simple but effective workouts with just a few crucial tools.   He also pairs drills very well - I'm even futher convinced that I need to get a tire for the small group to flip - that or we may have to work out something and meet up with our friends at The Jungle for a special workout event...

Let's Train in Chicago!

SCC Strength Calisthenics CertificationLet's train together in Chicago! The Dragon Door SCC (Strength Calisthenics Certification) is coming to Chicago June 3rd, 2017. Register early to save $50. Hope to see you there. This powerful one-day workshop is great for trainers looking to upgrade their calisthenics toolkit, or for serious exercise enthusiasts who want to fine-tune their own training.
 

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  :)

 

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