Back in what feels like a different world in a different solar system in a "galaxy far far away" ... AKA early March 2020, I had the wonderful privilege to assist at the San Jose / Los Gatos RKC Workshop led by Master RKC, Dr. Chris Holder (link is to an interview I conducted for Dragon Door with him some years ago, but it's VERY interesting!) As mentioned in previous blog … [Read more...] about Exploring The Cal Poly Hip Flow Mobility Routine / Warm-Up
While isometric strength training has been around for ages, Dragon Door's Isochain device is certainly brand new. There's only a few hundred of them out in the wild at the moment (the first round of preorders ... people who believed in the project enough to sign on as early as LAST October ... shipped out semi-recently). And while yes, it looks like the stick and board that … [Read more...] about Weaving ISOCHAIN Isometric Strength Training Into A Kettlebell Workout
Q: The Kettlebell Bent Press is very difficult for me. When I do too many my back is injured the next day. I am wondering if the Bent Press is meant to do for reps....or is it something you do only a few times per side (like a Turkish Get Up) at the end of a workout. - Jason A: The Bent Press can be a great exercise if performed correctly, and there's a couple of different … [Read more...] about Ask GiryaGirl: Bent Press Issues
Great questions this week! Q: How often (as in sessions per week) would you suggest training with kettlebells? A: Kettlebell training can be effective with a variety of training frequencies, but what's best will depend on what your goals and your fitness level. Generally speaking, to improve overall fitness or strength, a serious session 2-3 times a week can work very well. … [Read more...] about Ask GiryaGirl: How Often Should I Train With Kettlebells? Workouts VS Practice?
As many of you know, I'm not one to publicly complain. But I'm frustrated to see that there's been a trend towards flashy (and fussy) kettlebell workouts online. In my opinion, the beauty of the kettlebell--and what first got me interested in them in the first place--was their utilitarian nature. I'm old enough to have experienced aerobics and the 90s step craze with the awful … [Read more...] about Do the WORK: A Simple But Challenging Kettlebell Workout
Something I've loved to do for ages - for myself and for clients is create a "birthday workout". Now... as we've all gotten older this has become more challenging. It's a good thing we've been using all this time to TRAIN and practice our technique. Odd number ages always present an interesting challenge too - but if we've trained together, you know I love a theme - especially … [Read more...] about The 47 Challenge (Friend’s Birthday Workout)
Just the facts you need to quickly prepare ready-to-eat (or ready to put in meal prep containers) spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot! Each step is completely explained as well as possible. Enjoy this quick favorite for everyday or meal prep. Spaghetti Squash in the Instant Pot! VERY basic instructions for spaghetti squash preparation using the Instant Pot 2-3lb … [Read more...] about Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash: Slacker Method!
First of all - Dragon Door has started a pre-order (yep, that's me on the page) for three of their most popular sizes: 12kg, 16kg, and 24kg View this post on Instagram Look how happy you will be if you pre-order two! Fun to be featured with this promotion :) I added a link to the pre-order in the … [Read more...] about Ask GiryaGirl.com How To Get Dragon Door Kettlebells in 2020? Here’s TWO Ways!
This is a riff on an old favorite I mentioned the other day on social media. Here's a link to the post that was originally shared back in 2011 (when this site was just a little over a year old and running on Drupal 6). With the RKC San Jose coming up next week, it was a great time to revisit this with a fellow advanced kettlebell maniac - as she hadn't yet experienced the … [Read more...] about An RKC-6 Review Plus Mini-Endurance Workout
There's a lot I can write about my original journey to the RKC that started in 2009, and there's a detailed day by day account of that first RKC Workshop on this site. That first experience was transformative on too many levels to fully explain here, but those of you who know me, know a majority of the story. Every now and then people try and challenge the existence of part of … [Read more...] about Pre-RKC Benchmark Workout…