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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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Giving the SSST a Try and Some Interesting Ideas

kettlebell beast 106lbs and puppy 10lbsOne of the things I most enjoy doing is conducting written interviews for Dragon Door.  This has put me in touch with such a variety of inspiring people, and has even made lasting friendships too.   Being able to share their stories is an honor that is not taken lightly.  The other great thing about the interviews is they often give me ideas about challenges I'd like to try.  Sometimes, as in the case of this past week, a good 2/3 of the Thursday small group challenge was from an interviewee (will share that workout AFTER his interview is live) mainly because it sounded like such a great idea and I wanted to see how it would do with my training partners and friends.

You can find all the interviews by clicking right here, by the way... and I will be talking about specific interviews more often from here on out, because these people are SO inspiring and awesome.  There's bound to be someone's story in there that will resonate and/or inspire you.

Similarly, yesterday I was VERY much inspired by an extremely interesting interviewee to finally try the SSST (which when you say it over the phone to your training partner is apparently really confusing sounding... HOW many Ss??).  Those who know me well, know that the RKC kettlebell snatch test is still a mental challenge for me, and something that I actually sort of dread in a recert situation.  Seriously, even now.  Its much better since they updated the weight classes and added the 14kg kettlebell (which is in my group of "most favorite kettlebells") - For women, before there was this massive jump from doing the test with either the 12kg or 16kg which as my friend and I discussed last night there are worlds, nay UNIVERSES of difference hiding in those 4 kilos... heck there's universes of difference hiding between the 12kg and 14kg if you're doing 5 minutes of snatching!  

New Book From Paul Wade, Memorial Day Murph Workout and

First off, super excited that Dragon Door has released (only in eBook form for now, but the paperback will be coming soon!) a brand new book from Paul Wade of Convict Conditioning fame: C-Mass: How to Maximize Muscle Growth Using Bodyweight-Only Training.  On the cover you'll probably recognize our pals, Al and Danny Kavadlo, as you'll also see them throughout the next info-packed 130 pages.   The book features a lot of fun photos too -- from bodyweight strength greats of the past, to photos from PCC workshop

Merry Christmas, Goal Thoughts, and Something Awesome is FREE!

First off -- MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!   Hopefully you're having fun with your favorite people today.  Also, for "Festivus" celebrators... hopefully you are not trying to heal up any "feats of strength" related injuries.  Mom and Dad sent me a hilarious video this morning of their occasionally rambunctious dog tearing the stuffing out of his favorite new toys. 

So... after reviewing the fantastic info-filled notes at the beginning of the Convict Conditioning Log Book (the PDF Ebook version is free as a gift from Dragon Door until Jan 1st, 2014!!) I've decided to embark on the "Lockdown" plan - slightly modifed to fit some specific workshop-based goals of course (some of which will be easily programmed in the place of "sports"). Several days in now and I am very happy with this decision. If you're a fan of Convict Conditioning or the whole Progressive Calisthenics thing, then consider checking it out. It's also great for people who don't necessarily like specifically prescribed rigid programming (though if you wanted you could use it for that too) I've created a sort of "personal challenge" for the next 2 months -- and since a lot of my goals are skill based and/or abstract these days (and NO, many times, my goals are not S.M.A.R.T. aka specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound, it doesn't mean they're "unsmart" either).   Which brings me to a favorite subject... breaking the rules!!!!!

Interview with Mike Medrano, Pro MMA Fighter and RKC Instructor

I really enjoyed talking with Mike Medrano, a recently certified RKC Instructor who is a pro MMA fighter, and also just an all around very cool guy.  His lifelong interest in lifting and athletics have helped form his unique year round approach to training.  Check out his interview here on  In other news, click over to Instagram and see if you can play the little game going on.   I'll be curious to see how

A Browser Toolbar for You!

Just for fun, but it might be handy for you too -- I made a fully customized toolbar for web browsers that will let you find info that's important to you on   There's even a few special general tools built in too (for YOUR Gmail, Twitter, and Amazon Universal Wishlist) for fun and easy internet browsing.    The toolbar features a quick link to the main page of plus a search for the entire site powered by Google, a one-button quick link to all the workouts and recipes.  Also included a link to the newsletter, Dragon Door, and the PCC Blog.   Never miss an update :)  Click here to install the GiryaGirl Toolbar<


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In paperback or eBook!!! Pavel and Andy Bolton's awesome plan to skyrocket your deadlift progress... there's so many valuable tips in here, that you need to check out the list yourself! 

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