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Advanced Partner Workout - It's Also Scaleable!

Admittedly, this advanced partner workout borders on just a little bit silly, but it is also a whole heck of a lot of fun.  It works well for people who are fairly close in athletic abilities, but it is super easy to adapt it for very advanced or intermediate partner possibilities. 

Also, there's a somewhat excessive amount of cool fitness toys in this one, and that's mainly due to a "just because we can" situation -- all in a blissful airconditioned space with multiple pull up stations etc.  (Granted if you had seen us after this workout you might have thought we had been outside in the 90 degree heat with 100% humidity...)

Baba Ganoush Simplified

Roasted eggplant dip simplified for "make ahead and enjoy later" ease! AKA what to do with that one eggplant the organic food coop included in your basket this week.

My Not-So-Secret Secret Workout Protocol...

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 the DVRT system and Ultimate Sandbags, 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.


 

Japanese Steakhouse Inspired Ginger Salad Dressing or Marinade

A good friend of mine once remarked that she didn't think she could ever get enough of those little ginger dressing salads that are sometimes served at Japanese or sushi restaurants. You know the ones with the magical dressing that transforms plain old iceberg lettuce and some half-hearted carrot shreds into a treat that you eat every bite of (I even do this with chop sticks... very quickly).

I've been making an "eeehhhhh that looks right" eyeballed version of it for years using a small blender cup and some very basic ingredients. So I gave her a big jar of it, and tried to make her promise that she wouldn't just tip up the jar and chug. She refused to make any promises, and I just didn't want to ask at that point.

A Sunday Funday Workout Outdoors with Kettlebells, Ultimate Sandbags, and a NEW? Ab exercise (with Video)

After doing a whole lot of computer-based work this past weekend, on it was time to catch up with a little Sunday Funday type workout.   It was going to be fairly advanced, but that's not a bad thing...

After a Primal Move warmup we got right into it by setting a timer for 5 minutes and grabbing the appropriate kettlebell for the RKC kettlebell snatch test-- 100 snatches in 5 minutes... check out the particulars for the updated RKC testing requirements.  It's fun to remember years ago being really nervous about the test, and thinking about how much steady progress I've made since then, even when I weighed into the smallest class, I would completely stress out about the test using the 12kg.  That's not to say that the test is not formidable in any way, because it is... a hand switch could go wrong, or nerves could get you, it's always best to be prepared, and not to underestimate it, but it no longer freaks me out like it used to.   It's also good to know that I can do it with the correct kettlebell for my weight class now (14kg) as essentially an--admittedly intense--"warm up".

Following that exercise in sweat (this is Florida after all) we got out the Ultimate Sandbags and worked through some basics with the somewhat light "Power" bags to get in the right frame of mind:

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