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Neuro-Mass Photoshoot with Jon Bruney, Matt Maher and Dragon Door!

Recently returned home from an incredible experience in MN with Dragon Door.   Watching the seasoned photography crew from so many past Dragon Door books come together and work so seamlessly was a sight to be seen!   While I had a very short stint as a "model" as a kid in the 1980s (funny story, involves a giant pool of cold water, goggles, and a whole lot of clothes pins), then in the early 2000s my ear and nose appeared in a jewelry catalog, it hasn't been until age 36 that my "modeling career" started taking off by appearing most recently in Al Kavadlo's Pushing The Limits (it's in ebook form now, coming soon in paperback!).   Considering I'm at least 1 full foot too short for "runway" this is pretty exciting :)  Anyway - after meticulously preparing for the shoot (food was business as usual, but my workouts included exploring some of the unfamiliar and quite innovative movements which we'd be photographing for the book).  I don't fast or "diet down" like some folks do for photoshoots - this is especially important for the "performance-dependent" type of shoots I tend to do.  I'm also in permanent mostly-maintenance mode anyway.  If I were to try to do these kind of strenuous shoots in a calorie deficit, it just wouldn't work out well at all. 

Boston Weekend (Part 1) and Dragon Door 18kg and 22kg Kettlebell Unboxing Video

Those of you following along on Instagram had a few sneak previews of some of the big fun this past weekend in Western MA and Boston - the adventure began with helping Amber of GiryaScope (Boston) lead a 4 hour intro/fine tuning kettlebell workshop at CrossFit Swarm in Westfield.  The workshop sold out - and despite the freezing weather, showed up ready to learn and work.   I was really impressed with their overall athleticism, spirit, and enthusiasm.  Having not really worked with too many CrossFit people, I'd gotten an admittedly not so great impression from some of the goofiness which flies around online.   The real folks involved with this stuff, led by a good team of coaches are actually incredibly cool and strong people.   We did a lot, got in some laughs, and the level of what was obviously sinking in in just 4 hours was staggering.   I'm proud to have been a part of a few little game-changers.  

Ask GiryaGirl: Confusion with HKC, RKC, SFG, Photoshoots, Grab n Go Foods

This has been the week for very meaningful conversations. In addition to many messages, emails, and phone calls with friends and fellow instructors/trainers and aspiring instructors, I've conducted over 5 very intensive interviews this past week (and this week isn't nearly over yet). I can't wait for them to be ready to share. Some of the personal stories are inspiring to say the least.  But I don't want to give anything away just yet.     Many of the non-interview conversations brought up a number of questions that more people may want to hear answered, so I'll address them here too!

Catching Up a Little - Interviews, Reviews, Congratulations,and Some Fun!

First off - hope you're taking some time to honor our veterans today on Veteran's Day - a big shout out and thank you to all veterans!  

It was a busy time last week - but I wanted to kind of recap some of it here, if you missed a few items from Facebook etc.

Interview with Rachel Cosgrove on Dragon Door, and Getting Creative with Outdoor Workouts

Rachel Cosgrove recently received the coveted I.D.E.A. Personal Trainer of the year award (2012) and has helped so many people make healthy lifestyle changes.  We had the chance to talk a little on the final day of the San Diego RKC Workshop, where she passed and became an RKC.   She shared some of the recent great success that her team at Results Fitness has had after attending an HKC.   At Results Fitness, they use the FMS as well, so it will be really cool to see how their use of kettlebell training continues to evolve with their facility.   Check out the full interview with Rachel Cosgrove on

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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Here's an eBook of workouts I created for an exclusive NYC private gym (kettlebells, calisthenics, sandbag) along with options for customization and coaching!

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1. 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life by Matthew Sleeth, MD
2. Tools of Titans Tim Ferriss
3. The Way of The Iceman Wim Hof

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33 Strategies of War Robert Greene

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