It’s been an incredible month—and it isn’t even over yet! First of all, I led 2 Primal Move Instructor Certification Workshops—One in Vienna, Virginia at the amazing “Tyson’s Playground” athletic training facility, and the other in Cartersville, GA at Beth and Russell Andrews’ wonderful Maximum Body Training. Also in Georgia, I was able to help Beth a little at the HKC workshop she led the day before. It’s always so much fun to work on the HKC basics, and every time I’m even near one of those workshops, there’s something new to learn, observe, explore, and troubleshoot.
If you haven’t already, please check out the new book from Jon Bruney, Neuro-Mass. If you’re looking to jazz up your training with a new and challenging approach, then this book is for you. Leading up to the photoshoot for the book, and ever since, I’ve been incorporating the unique concepts into my own training as well as the small group (who’ve become incredibly advanced—I hope they realize that), and with individual clients. Not only are some of the exercises in the book unique, challenging, and incredibly fun, I found that the programming format/template was a really nice change from our usual circuit type or interval training. Another great tool for the toolbox. It would be a great way to program an advanced “strength transformation” small group class for an x-number of weeks. Hmmm might have to do that actually.
Also, in Neuro-Mass there are a few unusual pieces of equipment, and Dragon Door is beginning to offer them! The first is the Neuro-Grips — which will really challenge your stability and control with push-ups. Below is a little demo video I did the other day, but I am also working on making another video with some of the progressions I’ve been using with clients who are not quite ready to do the full Neuro-Grip push ups yet. YET.
One of the questions I got from a user on YouTube was if these were like doing ring push ups. In a way they are, though I would say that gymnastic ring push ups will most likely be a lot easier for most people, you will be allowed to wobble MUCH more with rings, than with attempting to balance on the teeny-tiny, smaller than a quarter bases of the Neuro-Grips. They are UNFORGIVING. And in order to make sure you don’t break your face or your wrists should things get out of control, be prepared to put a knee down on the ground.
If you’re looking for something fun to read, make sure to check out the recent interviews I’ve been conducting for Dragon Door: Success Stories and Interviews. Also, fans of Marty Gallagher’s super strength and strategy writing will be delighted to know that he has begun a new blog, The Iron Bible. It’s a no-holds-barred-tell-it-like-it-is love letter to attaining absolute strength of mind and body. In other words, highly recommended and don’t let yourself get offended either! 🙂