Almost four years ago to the day, we had the photo shoot for Jon Bruney's awesome book, Matt Maher was on that shoot and frankly defied gravity a few times too.
Theshoot was the first time I'd ever tried the now infamous pushup handles. Four years ago we only had the prototypes which if you look super close in the book you can see that they are handmade and a little rough hewn. Then, the first generation offered by was cast from solid aluminum and had this crazy tuning-fork like CLANG if you happened to smack 'em together or strike them on the ground even slightly. Depending on your preferences this could be a pro or a con! Thankfully the next version (and the ones that are currently being sold on ) were further improved, they're made from steel, the larger tubing "handle" part being heavy gauge but hollow so they aren't excessively heavy. (I like to toss them in my backpack for outdoor workouts) Since the new aren't cast, they don't have a mold mark--and that's a welcome change for high rep training!
Once again, a terrible leave of abscence... I hope that none of you have had the flu this season but I got hit by a real hum-dinger of one. I had just returned home from a fantastic adventure that I wanted to tell you all about, but quickly had to put that on hold as I only had the energy to do the most basic of work stuff (to you know, keep the lights on and the rent paid). The good news is, I was still able to complete a couple of really fun interviews for Dragon Door and have saved notes from all the stuff I didn't have a chance to write up for you yet (including some super fun workouts).
are FINALLY back in stock, honestly, I was pretty bummed out that they were not available for Christmas gift giving. But they are back now! Ever since I first tried the rough prototypes (one was even slightly not level) back in 2013 or so, I've used them in my training. And yes, if you go to the page you'll see someone very familar in the demo photos. :)
Here's an unboxing video of, along with putting a friend of mine on the spot. Thankfully he was a good sport and did a great job. Don't let him (or me) fool you, these things require a LOT of control, proprioception, strength etc. Start easy, even if that means getting comfortable with knee push-ups, putting one leg out at a time, and planks. Honestly, those are great drills anyway even after you can do more fancy stuffl. I've become fond of burpees for a short set or two, just for the shock factor! :) Definitely not for beginners... don't do it!!!
Anyway I'll will be making morefocused how-tos for you, but in the mean time...
Noticed that some of you are putting together some very smart combinations of, but not everyone may understand the same gift-giving logic.
If you're in the continental US, then now is the time to take advantage of's sale - it's ending tomorrow at noon central (11/29/16 1PM Eastern). As many of us already know, the cost of shipping a heavy or a couple of reasonable sized ones can add up VERY quickly... and the shipping on the large, sturdy and totally worth it freestanding pull-up bar is nothing to ignore. It's heavy and it's oversized.
So! A little last minute, but if you need help putting together what literally could be the package deal gift for someone who's interested in getting serious about their strength, I've prepared a little guide for you. Please note that the gift "kit" recommendations are my opinions, but that they're based on a lot of experience with the products, ideas, and modalities of, -II, for the past several years training and coaching.
First off! The classic venerable "Whichdo I buy?" chart :
Quick Kettlebell Workout, How to Assemble the Dragon Door Bodyweight Master Pull Up Bar, and More Exercise Ideas
Realized that I should probably space out the podcasts for you! There's two more episodes on the way soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to share a short workout (or what could be the meat and potatoes part of a session) I did last night.
I had limited time because of a bunch of computer related tasks and more importantly a friend was coming over to walk her puppies around my neighborhood (long story, but my neighborhood is way more fun).