12-Minute Battle Rope Circuit

12-Minute Battle Rope Circuit

When the weather forces me indoors for my Saturday workout, I want to get it over with faster.  I need a bare minimum of one day a week to workout outside.  The fresh air has an incredibly positive effect on my mindset and helps me decompress.  I used to train outdoors several days a week when I was rowing, outrigging or mountain bike riding, but my work schedule changed years ago and that was the end of that.  But I managed to keep a chunk of time open on Saturdays for myself....  it's my mental health day as much as my physical health day. But even in sunny L.A., we get a few rain storms.  We need more of course because of the drought, so I'm not complaining.  So I had to come up with an alternative on this particular Saturday that would give a full body workout in minimal time. I went to the latest Equinox gym to open so I could check out the new gear.  Since Rope Slams are often part of my Saturday outdoor workout (I keep a rope in my trunk), I headed straight for their brand new one which is conveniently located next to a rack of kettlebells.   It was the perfect set up for this workout.   This is a simple 12-minute circuit where every other exercise is some kind of rope slam. Perform :50 seconds of work with :10 seconds of rest between exercises for 12 minutes. That’s a lot of rope time.  If that’s too much rope work, you can make all the intervals shorter (i.e. :30 seconds) or,...
Double Your Kettlebells & Double Your Fun!  (short video)

Double Your Kettlebells & Double Your Fun! (short video)

How to Use Two Kettlebells instead of one for Double the FUN! No one will tell you how important it is to keep up your strength training more than me.  But I know many people, especially when they get a little older or have had injuries, are hesitant to up their weights.  So try this.  Instead of using one heavy kettlebell, try two medium weights (or even light to practice).  Here is a great kettlebell workout for strength building you can do with two, instead of one. Want more kettlebell tutorials or suggestions?  Click here for how to do a Turkish Get Up, the top brass of kettlebell exercises or here for some easier to learn whole-body-exercises. Ready to buy your own kettlebells?  Here's a great deal on an entire set of all the kettlebells you'll ever need (pictured below).  They feel nicer than the steel ones I’m using in the video, especially when "cleaning" and "racking" the weight.  And, easier to grip by the horns when your hands are sweating!  Plus, they’re prettier...

The Super Hundred Rep Circuit

I guess I have a thing about the number 100 haha!  It may have started years ago when I started doing Pilates (and the exercise called "the hundred").  Someday I'll ask a shrink about my mild obsession. For this circuit, you can pick any 4 exercises you like (make sure the are not too similar or over using the same muscles unless you have a specific reason to).  Perform each exercise for 25 reps taking minimal breaks in between unless you are loosing good form, in which case you should listen to your body and keep your technique top of mind. When I do it, I complete the circuit 4 times so I get 100 reps of each exercise.  See how many times you can complete your circuit with the ultimate goal being 4 times!  Let me know how you...