Not always a big fan of crowds, so when my neighborhood gets overrun with partiers I usually end up hunkering down and getting a lot of work done. The cost of this is at some point I need to really jump around and burn off some extra energy. Since I’ve been developing recipes I wanted to work up a good appetite to try them too.
This past week I had the opportunity to teach a very cool lady (out of town) how to use thesystem and , and of course this got me even more excited about them in the process. I could tell she would have REALLY liked to have bought one or both of them from me that day, but NOPE MINE MINE MINE!!! Besides, they’re both set up for “learning” right now, being not-so-sloshily filled with (glorious smelling) Thai jasmine rice (it was on sale in 50lb bags…). Readers of this blog probably already figured out I don’t eat much (if any) grain, but I will admit to the occasional sushi rice and if it’s been a particularly crazy day (or a workshop) I will eat at least half of whatever Thai jasmine rice is brave enough to sit on a plate with meat and veggies. It’s mainly the smell though.
Been meaning to compile some of these for a while. A number of regular readers of this site send really good questions via email and they are usually things that others will want to know too. This is just barely scratching the surface, but here we go!
Q: Is it better to do push ups from handles or should I just do regular ones?
We've been having a ton of fun occasionally using a giant soccer field for our small group workouts. A little bit ago, I'd received afrom and was inspired to think about "P.E. games" and related activities that might be fun to add to our workouts... Then I found my old stack of 20 orange plastic cones, and the following workout variations came about. In the video I show the variation that we used recently which has elements of chance (a poker chip of a random color is under each cone, each color corresponds to the number of pushups we'll need to do), sprints (or active rest if necessary--you could walk or jog out to a cone), and a little bit of mental flexibility (whenever someone returns with a cone and chip, we have to stop what we are doing and knock out the required number of push ups). Obviously you want to keep this variation to groups of 3-5... a giant group would throw off the timing to the point that it could be frustrating! Video is below:
Upcoming Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC) Workshops, Carry Over and Putting the "FUN" in Functional
First of all, I'm really pleased to announce that I'll be helping Al andat two upcoming Workshops! One in April in Minneapolis, MN (there's still time for you to register... don't miss it!) and the other in one of my favorite cities in the world, NYC! While a sizeable discount still is in effect for the NYC one, there's a limited number of spots available (even though the workshop isn't until June!) so I'd suggest that if you're interested in going, you should try to sign up asap. Below are direct links to the workshop details/registration pages:
- Progressive Calisthenics Certification, MN (April)
- Progressive Calisthenics Certification NYC (June)
It's an absolute joy to help Al and Danny out at these, their enthusiasm is infectious and there's always some new little game-changers I pick up from them whenever we're in the same general area. At some point about 30 seconds into the first day of the workshop, the mind-meld happens and you'll see amusing things start to happen like Al explaining something, while Danny and I demonstrate it from 2 different angles, or from 2 different difficulties. Many times we don't rehearse that beforehand, a
incredibly cool weight vest for review, and I'm very happy to say that it has performed beyond my expectations.sent me this