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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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12 Days of Christmas Stacking Challenge, Christmas Past Blog Round-up, Quick Workout Alternatives

FLASHBACK!!!!!  Originally posted last year, but I found it (Thanks Facebook Memories) and then thought, let's get it out again! :) :)   Let me know if you try the challenge! :)

Did you eat too much turkey? Pie? Ham? Mashed potatoes?  Maybe your aunt made that infamously irresistable mac n cheese like mine did this year.... maybe you got a crispy corner piece of it like I did... Needless to say that plus some black coffee got the creativity going along with the need to get moving... So for the 2015 Christmas post on GiryaGirl.com here's the brand new, UNTESTED (normally I test stuff out on myself and others before posting) 12 Days of Christmas Stacking Challenge!

12 Days of Christmas Stacking Workout Challenge

Last Second Cyber Monday Gift Set Advice!

Noticed that some of you are putting together some very smart combinations of kettlebells, but not everyone may understand the same gift-giving logic.

If you're in the continental US, then now is the time to take advantage of Dragon Door's sale - it's ending tomorrow at noon central (11/29/16 1PM Eastern). As many of us already know, the cost of shipping a heavy kettlebell or a couple of reasonable sized ones can add up VERY quickly... and the shipping on the large, sturdy and totally worth it freestanding pull-up bar is nothing to ignore. It's heavy and it's oversized.

So! A little last minute, but if you need help putting together what literally could be the package deal gift for someone who's interested in getting serious about their strength, I've prepared a little guide for you.  Please note that the gift "kit" recommendations are my opinions, but that they're based on a lot of experience with the products, ideas, and modalities of RKC, RKC-II, PCC for the past several years training and coaching.

First off! The classic venerable "Which Dragon Door kettlebell do I buy?" chart :

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Podcast Week? I'm a Guest on the Hammer Shed Podcast & Look What You Can Do with the New Pull Up Bar!!

Hammer Shed Podcast Guest: Adrienne HarveyHurrah! I was a guest on the Hammer Shed Podcast recently, and it looks like the page updated today!  Click here to listen and check it out - it's interesting to be the guest instead of the host, and requires actually being mindful to not snap into "host mode" and start asking the questions... caught myself a couple times, but it seems to have ended up just fine :) There's a lot of great episodes over there in fact, with people you may already know! Bret Hamilton, who was hosting the Hammer Shed Podcast that day is also a PCC Instructor, along with his awesome wife, Megan Hamilton.  The both attended and passed the PCC several months ago in New York.  They both train groups and individuals at Constant Forward Progress gym near Portland, Oregon.  You should also know... that they're hosting an SCC workshop there in February 2017. Hope to see you there! :)

In other news, I managed to assemble (and record an assembly video... which needs to be edited) the new Dragon Door Bodyweight Master Free Standing Pull Up Bar!  I love it!!! :) Was super thrilled and livestreamed some fun goofiness, which will also be edited down and put up on YouTube ASAP.  In the mean time, YES, you CAN flag on it...

I love this thing!!! :) They added a FAQ file to the pull-up bar page today as well - check it out here!

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!)

In case my fancy graphic is difficult to read here it is in text:

Fun Calisthenics Grip Training Challenges!!

Honored to be on the PCC Blog again today! :) Grip Strength for Greater Triumphs is my 16th post over there, and it's still always exciting.  If you are visiting because of that post, then thank you very much for clicking though.  There's a video below that demonstrates a drill that I hinted about in the blog post.  It's a fun way to add a little bit extra grip and coordination challenge into a pull-up training session or a circuit.

The idea below is best if you're already able to do 5-6 solid pull-ups as the "hard part" is more jumping up and negotiating the unusual grip, and switching around.  You'll also notice that the side NOT holding on to the towel will pull harder.  If you're working toward a one arm chin up, you can also add this drill into your training (using a chin up grip) and then over time grab the towel lower and lower with one hand. It gets much more difficult VERY quickly... we could even say exponentially more difficult if you have a longer towel!

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