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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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What do Personal Trainers, Strength Coaches, Federal Agents, and Breakdancers Have in Common?

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The answer of course is a love of Progressive Calisthenics!   This past weekend was the first ever PCC (Progressive Calisthenics Certification) Workshop, and I'm still honestly just reeling in joy with how well it went.   We all had high expectations - as instructors, as participants etc.   But I can safely say that everyone's expectations were exceeded.   I was honored to be an instructor (as a PCC Team Leader) along with Al Kavadlo, Danny Kavadlo, and Steven Low.  When a workshop is brand new like this, you never really know how it's going to go until you start it up.  It was very clear as soon as we got going that this one was going to blow the roof off.  Al and Danny set a tone of friendly leadership that was so natural that it was a sheer joy to support them.  I told Al at one of our instructor meeting dinners (we may have collectively eaten a small farm over the weekend, by the way.  There might be a lamb shortage in MN for a few weeks) that with the leadership tone he set, helping to instruct the highly motivated group felt nearly effortless.   Order was easily maintained because everyone really wanted the info.  Not to mention all the highly valuable comments, cues, and experiences which were contributed by the participants themselves.   I'm confident to say that EVERYONE, myself included has come away from this weekend a better instructor than just a few days ago.

Some Interesting Resources....

Most but not all of you may know about Dragon Door's new blogs - the RKC Blog and the Progressive Calisthenics Blog.   Both are still fairly new, but the articles are varied and often very relevant to most people who love these modes of training.   I've even found tips which have helped greatly with some of my clients.   Its also a great resource to send your advanced clients to as well.   Often an all-star cast of characters including authors show up to comm

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!


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Kettlebell, calisthenics, maces, battling ropes, sandbags, these workouts are for whatever you have--or don't have!

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NYC Workouts Notebook

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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Brand new resource with fully up to date kettlebell training information --everything from the beginner basics all the way to highly advanced techniques.  Program design, sample workouts, and all the theory you need to construct your own plan for your own training or for your personal training clients.  An absolute MUST HAVE for all current and aspiring RKC and HKC instructors. FINALLY an updated resource is HERE!

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