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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Kettlebell Workout 4

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly" workout 4

Warmup: Synergy Dynamics

The Good: 5 Min set consisting of 2 Min Double Jerks, 2 Min Long Cycle and 1 Min Double Snatch

The Bad: Another set of "The Good".

The Ugly: 4 Rounds, 32 sec, 32 sec btwn rds Iguana Pushups Double Alternating Cleans Phoenix Crunchers Heavy Lazy Swings

Our *NEW* Synergy Kettlebell Training Gym

Last week we moved into our brand new gym suite and are absolutely loving it. There's so much more room to fat blast and get stronger with dem kettlebells.

Check out a few pics from our Synergy Kettlebell Training studio. I'm still working on motivational wall decorations, window signage, mat flooring, and a couple cool murals. For now it's a dream come true for me. I praise God for providing and for all my clients who help make this possible every day.  Thank YOU!  :)

How To Screw With People At The Gym... FUNNY ALERT!!!

As many of you know I like to seriously take life as little as I can. Any time I see an opening to laugh and be lighthearted I do- especially when I can laugh at myself. Life is something that can definitely be laughed at and I try to do it as often as I can. Here's a really funny video that combines my love of not taking life seriously and my love of fitness. My favorite part was the dude beating his chest to psych himself up without even lifting anything and then the singing after the credits. Enjoy!

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Are You Fit for MMA?

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a fast growing sport. Gyms are popping up
everywhere, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is getting huge and everyone knows how to put on a "rear naked choke". Some people know of mixed martial arts as cage fighting,
some think it’s human cock fighting, to me it’s my main hobby. If you
ever get the chance to watch any MMA event, you’ll see most fighters
are the in top shape.

MMA is not one dimensional like boxing is, therefore it requires a
dynamic typeset of strength and conditioning. Between the striking and
grappling it demands explosive strength, high levels of muscle
endurance, core strength and flexibility. I have the pleasure
(sarcasm) of trying to address all of these requirements to survive in
the cage because I don’t have a strength and conditioning coach
outside of my MMA gym.

The toughest thing personally was to balance my strength and
conditioning with my technique and sparring. My strength and
conditioning is made up of barbell complexes, bodyweight and light
dumbbell circuits, plyometrics, interval training, and kettlebell
training. Personally I don’t believe in working out like a body
builder, doing bicep curls or having bicep days (this is a mistake I
did). Anytime I am in the gym, I usually try to hit a full body
exercises using exercises that use “real” movement. Any type of
movement that will mimic something I would do in real life or in the
cage. The key phrase is functional training. My typical week involves
6 days of training and at least 4 double sessions. Strength and
conditioning in the morning and fighting technique at night.

Strength, Conditioning, and Technique are not the only important
things to making me a better fighter. I had to make a dramatic change
to my diet. Cleaning up your diet is important if you’re doing any
physical activity because what you eat will affect your performance.
With cleaner eating it’s easier to regulate your weight. When the time
comes to cut weight, I can drop pounds like it’s nothing with the
right kind of eating.

So you have to be strong, but able to go all the rounds and at the
same time have perfect technique. Better technique allows you to work
less just like in kettlebell swinging. In addition, you need to eat
right because you’re wasting your time in the gym if you are eating
terrible.

About The Author:
Jimmy writes for MMA Training Stuff and an amateur mixed martial artist.

Follow him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JimmyVo

Liberate Yourself From The Four Walls Part 3- Child's Play

In this segment of "Liberate Yourself From The 4 Walls" my son Brayden has some Liberation Practice. To him, it's just play time.

We usually do a lot of things together and being active is definitely one of them where we really bond. He comes with me to almost every training session and Kettlebell Kamp. This, fitness, is all he's ever known. I'm hoping as he grows up he keeps to what he knows and doesn't reject any of it.  I do my absolute best to make it fun for him and have it be a more playful atmosphere instead of a grueling workout.  If he stops having fun then we either stop what we're doing or change paces so he's still being active, but simply doing something else more attention grabbing. Enjoy the latest segment of our Liberation Campaign as we see it from a more simplistic approach outside the traditional box. Bruce Lee really hit the nail on the head when he said: "Classical methods like these, which I consider a form of paralysis, only solidify and constrain what was once fluid. Their practitioners are merely blindly rehearsing routines and stunts that will lead nowhere.And this can and most definitely should be applied in all things fitness.

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My goal in this series and Liberation Campaign is to liberate myself- and as many people as I can to come with me- from the four walled, stink, sweaty, meat market, closed in, machine based confines of the modern gyms. Be encouraged- do the same! Just because it's modern doesn't make it better. It simply means they are getting better and better at putting things inside the four walls that attract the public to toss more money at them. What did people do before these gyms? Actually they did a lot.

In case you missed the first 2 parts here you go:

Part 1
Part 2

Liberate Yourself From The 4 Walls Part 2

Yesterday I introduced my Liberate Yourself From The 4 Walls campaign by breaking down ever so gently that we don't need these big box gyms. As mentioned, it is my goal is to liberate myself- and as many people as I can to come with me- from the four walled, stink, sweaty, meat market, closed in, machine based confines of the modern gyms. Be encouraged- do the same! Just because it's modern doesn't make it better. It simply means they are getting better and better at putting things inside the four walls that attract the public to toss more money at them. What did people do before these gyms? Actually they did a lot.

Today I demonstrate for you a couple things you can do with nature and in nature to acheive strength and conditioning. I left the running element out for obvious reasons. I doubt you'd want to watch a video of me running through woods dodging the tree stumps and weird noises from every other bush. So I spared you those moments and demo my stone and log lifts. Notice that I am not perfect, have butter fingers at times, and do drop the stone in a couple clips. This is ok as long as it doesn't drop on your big toe. The pinky toe you can do without, but watch out for the big boy. That one we still need.

In my next post, Liberate Yourself From The 4 Walls Part 3, I will be introducing some other things you can do in nature. My son Brayden guest stars in that video and helps me bring some good info for you by having a great time fitness frolicking in the woods. Stay tuned for that.

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In case you missed the first part here you go:

Part 1