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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  :)

Convict Conditioning

Bonus Podcast! 2016 Kickoff Experiement - "Questions From Google" Kettlebells, Bodies, Bums, and Challenges

Bonus Podcast!!!!! Kicking off 2016 with a little retrospective of questions, phrases, and search strings that people have typed into Google... and then ended up on my site.  Some are super important, some are silly (and yet still important at the same time).  I had fun with this one.

Going to be hitting the road again very soon, and decided that it was as good of an excuse as any to test out the secondary audio recorder I have... it's small and very roadworthy, but I was concerned about sound quality.  To my great and happy surprise, it recorded this podcast with ease, low noise and at a very nice quality.  It's earned a place in my bag for this trip, which is a great relief because the other recorder (which is great for pro audio and has XLR inputs and phantom power) is a bit clunky and conspicuous. 

I'll be guest teaching at Momentum Fitness in NYC, and two classes are already waiting list only, so get over there and sign up now while you still can! People don't usually register this far in advance apparently so... click here to sign up for a selection of bodyweight, kettlebell, sandbag and metcon classes taught by yours truly at Momentum Fitness in the Upper West Side. I'm really looking forward to this... at the same time I'll also be talking to some industry icons, friends, gym owners, authors, and thinkers... brace yourself for the onslaught of awesome content soon!!!

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It's Not Too Late to Have a Healthy Weekend!

Have a Healthy Weekend!

Judging from the sheer volume of used espresso grounds, eggshells and empty San Pellegrino bottles over here, it's easy to see that it's been a productive weekend. (Taking the trash and the recycling out right after I post this...)  But before I hop back into the fray, I wanted to share a couple things with you!  As a general "heads up" (cliche I know I'm sorry) I wanted to also ask you guys what you think about the little banner graphic headings I've been adding to the posts here recently, please let me know if you like them or not in the comments below this post.  I'll keep doing them if you like them, but if they're just getting in the way of your enjoyment, I need to know that too!

First of all, here's a kale recipe which also includes a funny video (and which will include even more photos as I make the prepared-ahead version again today).  Hmm I need to make sure I send the kale recipe to my folks. Dad has been crazy about kale since WAYYYY before it was ever "cool".  I can remember seeing him hover around a pot of boiling greens at my Great Grandmother's house as a thick chunk of salt pork bobbed in there among the long since bright green greens.  Fun fact - those were great greens too, but these days I tend towards less cooked and sometimes even raw (kale slaw variations are a real favorite) preparations.  This particular recipe also includes a new tips section for smaller households (new census data seems to suggest that many of us are living in ones, twos or threes) and convenience. (These tips are also useful if you're that ONE person in your household who has made the commitment to eating healthier... while everyone else refuses to change.)

Interview Focus!

Very excited to share this much-anticipated interview that went up on yesterday.  I'd actually started working on Dr. Steven Horwitz's interview some time ago, but found that the audio of our telephone interview was so dense with info that I would need extra time to best present it, organize it (I ask questions outside of a logical order sometimes, and these have to be swapped around so that the reader doesn't want to jump through the computer and hit me in the face), and then distill it down to the most critical elements. 

Ask GiryaGirl: Is Convict Conditioning OK for Women? Are there Prerequisites for the HKC? And A SERIOUS Interview!

Ask GiryaGirl Topics....

Could have SWORN that I'd answered the first question before, and maybe I have, but I also forget what day it is on a semi-regular basis given that sometimes enough interesting things happen in 1/4 of a day to account for a full day.  Not complaining about that one bit. Without any further delay, here we go!

Q: Is Convict Conditioning suitable for women?

Small Things to Practice for Your First Pull Ups, or for Stronger Pull Ups in General...

pull ups by 2015

A lot has been said on the internet lately about YES, women CAN do pull-ups... and well for most of you who read this site, that's hardly cause for a headline. As someone who's not a huge fan of gender-fying everything and who also realizes that there's all KINDS of people who struggle with pull ups, I'd like to present some ideas that are useful for nearly everyone. 


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