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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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A POWER Pull-Up Tip From a Record Setting 7-Year-Old!

This blew me away. I wasn't even planning on writing a blog post today at all, but when Mike Gillette shared a video on Facebook just now of 7-year-old Marina Shvets setting a pull-ups record for Ukraine on Ukraine's got talent I just couldn't keep this unintended performance tip to myself.  Thank goodness they seem to shoot this show with what seems like 50 different cameras, because across a few brief flashes, I could tell what she was doing.

Here's the video of her knocking out 26 pull ups without dropping down from the bar:

Here's what I learned from watching her... (I also made a video to show what I mean, so you can scroll down to that if you wish haha.  My video is VERY boring compared to her feat... but hopefully you will learn something from it!)

Normally when I do dead hang pull ups, I have my thumb over the bar as a matter of habit and preference...

Happy Monkey Bar Monday -- with Monkey Bar Alternative! [VIDEO]

Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend! I've been meaning to make more #MonkeyBarMonday videos, and when I drove by the park between errands realized that some people seem to have today off, so there were actually quite a few kids and families on the monkey bars. It was more than enough of an excuse to avoid any 5-year-olds and their "Mommy, why's that lady on our monkey bars? And what's wrong with her hair?" situations. So, remembering a super fun (and pretty challenging) monkey bar alternative drill from Jon Bruney's Neuro-Mass: The Ultimate System for Spectacular Strength (pull-up bar walk pages 172-173 where you'll find some fun photo examples from Matt Maher and myself)

A Challenging But Oddly Stress-Relieving Workout

The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning by Zach Even-EshThis fun challenge I wrote up for a friend and I became a neat strength endurance challenge of the "accidental cardio" variety (in places).  I've been gearing up for Zach Even-Esh's Underground Strength Coach workshop in Orlando, and essentially using that as an excuse to come up with more "General preparedness" workouts inspired by his book the Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning.  Not to go too far into this next subject, but as a lot of these sort of workshops are usually attended by a bunch of guys, I make it my personal responsibility to be super prepared as to not be needing any special treatment.   I take great pride in that sort of thing and NEVER want to be the reason that a workshop is slowed down. Gotta be able "to hang" as "they" say. Right?

Happy Monkey Bar Monday! A Video and More Exciting News...

After having put in a whole heck of a lot of hours these past few weeks on various projects (for others mostly... you may have noticed the blog posts here have been a little few and far between... sorry about that) it was time to GET OUTSIDE before it gets annoyingly hot here in Florida.  Well... it was kind of really bright out there today, but I didn't let that stop me, especially since they were going to be testing the fire alarms in the building, and I'm not keen on loud, shrieking alarm noises at random intervals!  After finding a decent, non-time-restricted parking space in a nearby fun mini downtown area, I put in a few hours at one coffeeshop, before walking over to lunch, then into a couple of stores... then realizing that I was only a couple blocks away from a really nice, quiet little park that has some great monkey bars, fireman's pole, etc.  Then all the caffeine and braincells came together for one brief moment of insight... and the hashtag

#MonkeyBarMonday

was born.  Seeing that there were no children to jeer at the "weirdo lady" on the monkey bars talking to her phone, I got brave and decided to do the intro while hanging from the bars and holding on to the phone.  It's very silly, and neither I nor the phone were harmed in the making of this goofy video:

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