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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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Revisiting a Kettlebell and Bodyweight workout: Intermediate-Advanced level AND what's inside a Skulpt AIM!

Intermediate-advanced kettlebell and bodyweight workout Feb 2018

It happened again - I wrote a workout for an advanced/intermediate-advanced client then really really wanted to do a version of it myself.  Upped the weights here and there, but kept the rep ranges pretty much the same. Slight modification to work around the old school Pavel pull-up program I dusted off for the season (more about that in a few more weeks time when I will have news to report.)

Before beginning the actual workout, I did an abbreviated set of joint mobility exercises before beginning the assigned sets of pull-ups for the day (which were alternated with small chores) That particular day's assignment was 9,8,7,7,6 dead hang pull-ups, "tactical" grip of course (no thumbs) and on the Dragon Door pull-up bar with its gnarly thick bar. Humbling if you've got smaller hands.

Stuck Indoors? Here's a Bodyweight Only Coordination, Strength and Cardio Workout!

Indoor or Travel Bodyweight Only, No Equipment Needed Workout

As much as I hate to admit it, when the weather outside gets below freezing, I'm much less likely to work out outside.  Then, one of my clients emailed asking for an indoor alternative to her regular outdoor activities. This workout is one that I created for a small Upper West Side Manhattan gym where I led classes for a week pretty much for the heck of it. (I wanted to get out of town for a bit, and my friend up there needed an extra trainer... While I had no intentions of moving up there and taking the job, he accepted my offer of leading most of the group classes for a week so he could interview people).  Finally, I was able to spend a big chunk of time in NYC, have fun, visit friends, and most shockingly of all... break even. That's the story of the "NYC Workouts eBook" which is a collection of all the group sessions I led up there during that time.

Anyway, here's one of the bodyweight only workouts you can do indoors and which is essentially self-scaling. If this looks "easy" to you, make sure you're working hard enough! :)

Workout Wednesday: Workout Videos, Two Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workouts & Skill Training For Active Rest

Even with all the rain lately, I've managed to write (and do) quite a few really fun outdoor workouts

Handstand

While working out in a gym or indoors (the living room here is pretty much a gym at this point) is nice, especially in the summer, working outdoors is always a special treat, even in the 90-something degree NC summer. It cracks me up though, since moving here how everyone likes to remind me that "oh well it gets hot here too!"  Yeah well, kinda... but it's been nothing like the past two brutal summers in Florida with the unrelenting humidity (heat AND humidity even at 3AM) and even more unrelenting tourists. Needless to say I can handle the low 90s... not even a problem. There's some semblence of seasons here, I'm very very grateful.

I've always enjoyed trying and making up little non-stop sequences with kettlebells and calisthenics. A few years ago I used to teach and certify others in a program that very heavily focused on creating these types of sequences and part of that has always been in my training. Depending on the exercises chosen, this can be a real brain teaser too!

Austin Adventures with the SCC and HKC - Plus a Workout and Mobility Stuff!

Ever have one of those trips where you come back and you know you've changed in some way? This was definitely one of those!  And I mean that in a good way.  There was no shortage of adventure and excitement this past weekend in Austin, Texas.  In fact for one of the more action packed parts, I am only half-joking about exaggerating it a little and writing it up as a screenplay... I've already cast Danny Trejo as one of the villains.  Long story short, we are unstoppable.

Tao Health and Fitness, SCC, HKC Austin Instructors and Host

Back to the SCC and HKC... I led the SCC on Saturday, and Senior RKC Paul Britt led the HKC on Sunday.  The folks that showed up to each workshop (and some showed up for both) were extremely impressive not only with their physical abilities, but with their professionalism, experience, and understanding of the human condition.

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.

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