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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  :)

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Backyard Challenge! Using Everything in a Sequence

Crazy Backyard Challenge! Earlier today I was training someone with kettlebells and had also brought out a very cool pair of custom made paralettes from Ryan Pitts of Stronger Grip. They are excellent for l-sits as well as slightly raised push-ups (we even sometimes do push up walks up and down the two of them). Later I set up the slackline, then decided to get out the throwing knives and throwing stars, and then the Neuro-Grips, and, and... realized I had managed to drag out a whole bunch of stuff into the yard.  Before bringing everything back inside, I thought it might be fun to create a couple of non-stop sequences that used nearly everything in some way, and that kind of traveled from piece to piece.  So here we go!

I should also share the workout from earlier which was inspired by Zach Even-Esh's awesome book, The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning. My new client is already extremely athletic, and the ideas in his book are great for the current situation. Especially since they really work on not just strength, but power.  I love working on power, but that's a dicussion for another time. Short version: being able to generate power is super useful for all kinds of things in life.

The Sculpture Garden Workout: Large Stone Stacking, Kettlebell Swings, Mace 10&2s, and more!

Those of you following me on social media already know I've been having a lot of fun coming up with outdoor workouts recently--and that I've found a bunch of smooth stones to play with too.  After finding a good selection of them in various weights (though I am not sure how heavy the largest one is yet, but am fairly sure it weighs a little more than I do) 100+?, 100, 60, 40, etc. I decided to make up a game-like workout that included the challenge of lifting, carrying, then stacking the stones.

Sculpture Garden kettlebell, stone stacking, and mace workout

A Mind Bender Workout for Cardio, Strength, Power, and Grit

So, I have a weird habit of taking on (or creating) a smaller project to break up a larger project. It means I basically do "work" as a "break" and is part of the reason I get a lot of various things done in a small amount of time. Many years ago I discovered that I don't so much need or want a "break", it's more that I need a change of subject. A mental flavor changer...* One such project I have right now is for a friend who is very gifted with the tough love and real world motivation. This project has had a very welcome side effect of being very motivating.

Real workouts ain't purty. That's right, folks, workout photos aren't always pretty.

Now, I'm a self-starter, always have been, but we can all use some help. This has inspired me to get a little more organized. At the same time I'd been listening to James Altucher's The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth on Audible (here's a free trial and two free audiobooks)... so it all kind of converged over the holiday weekend. I like that book because it seems to support some of my odd behaviors and life choices. That's nice for a change.

Anyway, after eating not one but TWO slices of my friend's gluten free (but not free of anything else) delicious peanut butter pie on Christmas, along with a whole lot of leg of lamb and smoked turkey, I really felt like I needed to get out and put those calories to work the next day.  I also wanted to mess with my own head.

How to Workout with Kettlebells and Do Laundry at the Same Time

The following situation has the potential to cause the following: a fast, challenging workout and a clean load of laundry (I'd recommend putting at least one towel in there so you have a warm fluffy towel for a post workout shower). I really hate chores, but I like to workout... and both need to be done regularly... here's an example of how both can get done at the same time!

Short Kettlebell workout for laundry time

Busy Day Workout for All Of The Things!

My internet nerd friends get the reference there "all the things". Named that because well, there's mobility, calisthenics (pull-ups), kettlebells, and sandbag.  Once again, Monday was being Monday and full of all kinds of interesting business related challenges.  Still... I wasn't about to skip a workout because of that. After seeing a really fun Facebook Live video of some friends overseas finishing their workout with a shouldered heavy sandbag plus kettlebell walk I had to try it. I couldn't wait one more day!  They were going super heavy with theirs, but what I had on hand seemed just about right for my size and my waning energy level....

Here's what I did:

All of the Things Workout

(For reference, for the double swings and for the one leg deadlifts--with both kettlebells because the were sitting there, I used a pair of 16kg. For the carries, I used an Ultimate Sandbag "strength" bag that weighs about 50lbs, and a 32kg (70lb) kettlebell.  Adjust to your needs--and to what you have around!)

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