This 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 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?
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
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:
The photo at the left here is my silly attempt at a heroic pose with a very serious piece of exercise equipment from Ryan Pitts of StrongerGrip.com He makes some incredible stuff of fantastic craftsmanship, which if you haven't checked it out, please do so. This exercise mace is down right formidable and while I've gotten better with it (with weight added in the globe) it always manages to keep me on my toes.
It was time for another challenge, so I wrote up a particularly interesting one, and participated in it as well. Self-scaling elements and variations included (these are always in my notebooks where these ideas get scrawled then tested on real human beings before getting shared here).
Won't deny it, I'm not a fan of running, even though I've been told that I'm pretty ok at it, and that I'm reasonably fast. I do like to sprint on occasion and just go all out for a short period of time, preferably up hill. At that point its more of an act of defiance than an athletic feat. Also, at any given time I like to know that I can go and keep going very fast for at least 1/4 mile at a time, far enough to get to or away from something (zombies? regrettable live music?) if necessary.
Like most "track day" challenges this is something only done occasionally, and may or may not fit into the larger "plan" other than as a benchmark or casual assessment.
Let's start with the workout and you can decide how much entertainment beyond that you'd like. This has been a fairly crazy week, as usual. For about a week I had misplaced the completed "little gray Moleskine notebook" that I'd been scribbing workouts to test and the results and adjustments of them. Since there's been some joking about certain people "snagging it and making some $ from it" I took full advantage of joking back at them knowing full well that I'd just misplaced it in a bag or backpack. Finally found the darn thing last night. Fortunately for you, I'd already put most of the best workouts up on this site in the workouts area anyway.
Ask GiryaGirl: Should I go for the RKC the HKC or the PCC? Master the Kettlebell or Enter the Kettlebell?
These questions pop up a lot in day to day life online, in person, and always in email. So, it seems more than fair to answer them here for you too!
Q: I'm a personal, group fitness instructor, strength coach, exercise enthusiast, etc. I want to learn more about and fitness in an intensive way, which workshop should I choose? What's the difference between the , , and ? And why would I choose one over the other? Should I take them all?