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Minute of Strength #323 – Long Cycle Kettlebell Swing

In this Minute of Strength anthony performs a Long Cycle Kettlebell Swing. He will show you how to use the legs and core rather then the arm to swing. This is the 2nd video of a 4 part series. Checkout Punch Kettlebells below.

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Minute of Strength #322 – The Dead Swing

In this Minute of Strength Anthony show us the proper way to do a Dead Swing with a Punch kettlebell. This is the first of a 4 part Minute of strength workout training series for a 5X50X5 workout.

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Minute of Strength # 321 – AOS Equipment

In this Minute of Strength you will see suspension equipment along with The Kettlebell Buddy and The Original Ropes Gone Wild


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Staying Healthy at Every Age

How Cauliflower, Broccoli and LESS sit ups will give you a flatter stomach!
By Matt Luxton

Indole 3 Carbinol

The big problem with fat loss is that we all deposit fat in different areas and it’s very hard to spot reduce using exercises. The typical one is abdominal fat that hides everyone’s six pack (yes we all have a six pack!). Now, one of the major reasons we store fat in certain places is where our oestrogen cells are within our bodies. Generally, women tend to have them on the hips, outside of the upper thigh and the back of the upper arm. Men, tend to have them in the chest and abdominal area.

So we know that the exercise specific spot reducing does not work. You simply need to burn total calories, by using all the large muscle groups and elevate your heart rate to a level that requires recovery at a metabolic level, after you finish exercise. I will just say that with correct timings of work and rest you can use specific exercises to reduce fat in certain areas.

You can dramatically improve the fat loss process by adding certain vegetables to your diet. Research has shown these vegetables have a chemical known as Indole 3 Carbinol within them (1). When this enters the acidic conditions within the stomach, it creates an environment which is highly efficient at metabolizing oestrogen. We know that the increased testosterone release post resistance exercise is in part responsible for the elevated metabolism post training. So by adding foods that metabolize oestrogen, you have kind of got a buy one get one free situation.

Sit Ups and Pelvic Tilt

Time and Time again the sit up for abs horror story jumps up in front of me! Here’s something you may find interesting. We all strive for the flatter stomach so we set off on our journey to rip up the abdominal area by increasing the number of sit ups we are doing. You know what you are probably making that little bulge bigger. How? Well, every time you do a sit up (traditional sit up) you activate your hip flexors. These are the muscles that pull the upper thigh closer to the body. Now there’s nothing wrong with training these muscles to do exactly that, but when it comes to training the abdominal muscles for that flatter stomach there’s far more effective exercises.

The pull of tighter, over active(facilitated) hip flexors (as a result of too many sit ups) results in a pull forward of the pelvis, almost like you are emptying the contents of your torso onto the floor as if you were emptying the bucket of water you washed your car with. This in turn means that now your Gluteals (Bum) become underactive (inhibited). This is a big problem for fat loss because these are a big muscle group that require lots of energy to perform many whole body exercises. If they aren’t’ working then you are reducing the quality and ‘bang for your buck’ that you get from your training.

Now you’ve done all those sit ups, your pelvic alignment has been affected by the over and underactive muscles you have created and your tummy looks bigger! Why? Well you have just pulled everything forward and effectively you have pushed all your internal organs into a position that essentially means they are rammed up against your abdominal wall. This will also mean that you may not digest your food as well.
So what to do?

• Eat more cabbage, broccoli, spinach, curly kale, brussel sprouts and cauliflower. Dont cook for more than 9 minutes or you can lose up 20-50% of the nutrients that you need.(2)
• Focus on plank positions for both anterior (front) and posterior (back) core musculature. Balanced core is massively important for your flat stomach look. Remember there’s two sides to that Core!
• I have found that by Working on activating the glutes pre workout to get them fired up before you ask them to work! Using Clams, side lying hip abduction and supermans seems to do the trick very nicely!
1. Fahey JW, Zalcmann AT, Talalay P. The chemical diversity and distribution of glucosinolates and isothiocyanates among plants. Phytochemistry. 2001;56(1):5-51.
2. McNaughton SA, Marks GC. Development of a food composition database for the estimation of dietary intakes of glucosinolates, the biologically active constituents of cruciferous vegetables. Br J Nutr. 2003;90(3):687-697




Your 20s

Boost bones with calcium. This decade marks your last shot at building bone mass. (Later on, eating well and exercising will help you maintain what you’ve got.) Yet according to government research, more than half of women in their 20s get less than the 1,000mg of calcium they need daily to do that.
Most healthy eaters easily bank about 500mg, says Elizabeth Somer, R.D., author of “Eat Your Way to Happiness.” Make up the difference with a daily 500mg calcium supplement — either a pill or chocolate chew, whichever you like best! (Try not to take it too close to meals packed with high-calcium foods, since the body can only absorb about 500mg at a time.)
Star Sources: 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt (452mg), 1 cup calcium-fortified soy milk (368mg) or orange juice (267mg—347mg), 1 cup fat-free milk (306mg), 1 ounce cheddar cheese (205mg). Foods for healthy bones
Prep for pregnancy with folate. Up to 70 percent of neural tube birth defects (like spina bifida) could be prevented if moms-to-be consumed enough of this B vitamin.
Don’t wait until you see those two pink lines: Folate (and folic acid, the synthetic form found in supplements and fortified foods) begins boosting babies’ development in the days and weeks just after conception, when most women don’t even know they’ve conceived.
The 400mcg you need daily (600mcg if you’re pregnant) can come from food, but since it’s better absorbed through a supplement, hedge your bets by taking a multivitamin, too. (Check the label to make sure it packs that 400mcg.)
Star Sources: 3/4 cup cereal with 100 percent DV for folic acid (400mcg), 4 spears asparagus (85mcg), 1 cup raw spinach (60mcg), 1 ounce peanuts (40mcg), 1 slice whole-wheat bread (25mcg). America’s healthiest superfoods for women

Your 30s

Fight fatigue with iron. You’re juggling work, relationships, and kids — no wonder you’re tired! But that fatigue may also stem from low iron stores, common among women in their 20s and 30s who don’t eat much meat and, as a result, don’t hit the 18mg recommended daily allowance. (Have heavy periods? You’re at even higher risk.)
Though your body soaks up the most iron from animal protein, you’ll absorb more from plant foods by pairing them with those rich in vitamin C, like red peppers or strawberries.
Consider swapping out your aluminum pots, too: A study in Food Chemistry found that leafy greens cooked in iron-clad pots packed more than twice the amount of iron as uncooked greens or greens prepared in other cookware.
Star Sources: 3/4 cup fortified cereal (18mg), 1/2 cup white beans (4mg), 1/2 cup cooked spinach (3mg), 3 ounces beef (3mg), 3 ounces chicken (1mg).
Help your heart with omega-3s. Eating these fats regularly can slash your risk for heart disease by lowering triglycerides. If you’re pregnant, omega-3 fatty acids may improve your baby’s brain and eye development and help stave off postpartum depression.
Meet your daily requirement of 0.5g to 1g a day by eating at least two servings a week of low-mercury fish, like the ones listed among our Star Sources. (Though walnuts and flaxseed contain heart-healthy omega-3s, too, seafood sources are better for brain health, says Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D., Health’s Senior Food and Nutrition Editor and author of “Feed the Belly.”)
Star Sources: 3 ounces salmon (1g—2g), 3 ounces flounder (0.5g), 3 ounces halibut (0.5g—1 g), 3 ounces shrimp (0.30g), 3 ounces canned light tuna (0.20g—0.25g). 10 best foods for your heart

Your 40s

Feel full with fiber. Having trouble shedding extra pounds? Your metabolism is dipping along with your muscle mass, so your calorie needs now drop by about 100 a day. (Yup — bummer.)
Your new best friend: fiber, which can make you feel full while you’re eating less. Plus, fiber helps fend off constipation, which becomes more common with age; it can also help reduce cholesterol levels.
Most women get only half of the 25 grams they need daily.
Star Sources: 1/2 cup 100 percent bran cereal (9g), 1/2 cup black beans (8g), 1 small pear with skin (4g), 1/2 cup raspberries (4g), 1 ounce almonds (3g), 1/2 cup whole-wheat pasta (3g).
Lower BP with potassium. It’s common for blood pressure to start creeping up with age, but if you take action now, you may never need meds. Potassium doesn’t just help lower elevated BP levels — it also works like kryptonite against sodium’s BP-raising effects.
An extra perk: It may help lessen bone loss. Just make sure to hit 4,700mg a day to reap the rewards.
Star Sources: 1 medium sweet potato (694mg), 1 medium potato (610mg), 1 medium banana (422mg), 3 ounces pork tenderloin (382mg), 1 cup fat-free milk (382mg), 1/2 cup cooked lentils (365mg). Fill up on fiber
Age gracefully with antioxidants. There’s solid evidence that eating foods rich in antioxidants may help reduce the risk of cognitive decline — even dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a review from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. And these natural plant compounds may actively make your mind sharper by blocking reactions that can damage the cells found in brain tissue.
Our Star Sources have some of the highest antioxidant capacity among foods. Try to get 5 servings of these or other fruits and vegetables a day.
Star Sources: 1 cup blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries; 1/2 cup dried plums; 1 Granny Smith apple; 1 cup red grapes; 1 medium russet potato; 1 cup artichoke hearts; 1/2 cup broccoli rabe; 1/2 cup raw red cabbage. Fight aging: 6 secrets to staying young

Your 50s+

Fend off disease with vitamin D. Every cell in the body requires vitamin D to function, which may be why it’s been linked to such a broad range of health benefits, from lowering cancer risk to warding off depression.
Getting the minimum daily 400IU is especially important now: By your 50s, you may be making as little as 30 percent of what you did when you were a kid from the same sun exposure, Somer says. Slathering on SPF a must for your skin cancer risk means you’re getting even less D, since sunscreen blocks its production.
“I always recommend food first when it comes to nutrients,” says Keri Gans, R.D., spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “But in the case of D, it’s simply too hard to get enough in your diet.”
Star Sources: 3 ounces canned light tuna (154IU); 1 cup D-fortified milk or juice (100IU); 1 egg (25IU). (Most basic multivitamins contain 400IU — or take a D supplement of 1,000IU a day, an amount Gans and other experts recommend.) Why you need vitamin D now
Stay sharp with B12. A full third of adults over 50 don’t make enough stomach acid to break down and absorb the vitamin B12 in foods, says Carol Haggans, R.D., scientific and health communications consultant with the National Institutes of Health.
That’s a problem, because not only is this key vitamin needed to produce red blood cells, it’s also involved in brain function which is why you may feel weak and fuzzy-headed if you’re deficient.
Low B12 levels can also trigger high levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that’s linked to cardiovascular disease. Ask your doctor for a blood test to check your status if you suspect you’re deficient.
Note: At this age, you’ll absorb the B12 in supplements and fortified foods more easily than the natural kind, so take a multivitamin or have a bowl of fortified cereal (one with 100 percent DV for B12) to get the necessary 2.5mcg a day if you’re low in it.
Star Sources: 1 cup fortified cereal (6mcg), 3 ounces beef (2mcg), 1 cup yogurt (1.5mcg), 1 cup milk (1mcg).

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Vigilante Training


I really enjoy being an Art of Strength Kettlebell coach.  Every day I get to help people be their best, to achieve their personal physical goals through smart and hard training.  Recently a good friend of mine, Glenn Revell, asked me to help him with his strength and conditioning to not only make it on a competitive arena football team but to also prepare for the upcoming football season.  I felt completely honored he came to me with this big task and I wanted to make sure to train him in a way to maximize the time that we spent together.  Our schedule was to train Tuesdays and Thursdays and Glen would work out on his own 3 other days out of the week.
We wanted to work on his metabolic cost so that he has more energy through the game and season. Also we wanted to work on his neuromuscular characteristics to add power to his mechanical movements.
Arena football requires an anaerobic characteristic to metabolic training because of the high intensity through a short period of time.  But also an aerobic quality because the duration of the entire game and to aid with recovery.  As far as neuromuscular aspects we wanted to focus on 3 things; maximum strength, explosive strength and reactive strength.  Focusing on all 3 of those aspects will aid in optimal performance during competition.
The key exercise to help promote all these aspects discussed in Glenn’s training was the infamous kettlebell longcycle (clean and jerk) and shortcycle (jerk).  At first we started with moderate weight and turned up the volume to work on the technique.  Second we worked on the endurance aspect by manipulating the rest times between Glenn’s sets, really testing his will power at the same time.  Third, after we got those aspects down we used heavier kettlebells to work on his maximum strength and to really ramp up his training.
We used many different tools in Glenn’s training including barbells, dumbbells, bandit loops, Ropes Gone Wild, sandbags, etc…. the list goes on and on.  We focused on results and had a lot of fun.  We used the Kettlebell as the elite tool it is and it aided in giving us great results.  Strength, Endurance and Technique is a must and the kettlebell clean and jerk demands mastery of all.
I just want to say how proud I am of Glenn.  The training we did was no joke, a lot of guys would have caved in after a week but Glenn came stronger and more fierce every time. He will be on that field and the opposition will be looking for his weak spots and they will find NONE! That speaks tons on his work ethic. We look forward to big things from this guy.  Much Respect to you Glenn Revell. Looking forward to seeing you crushing catz on March 19th. 

Training with kettlebells this off-season was very effective for me as an athlete. I remember laying on the floor of Punch Austin Kettlebell Gym saying out loud to Henry “this is harder than football”. The combining of strength, endurance & cardio simulated football more accurately than any other strength & conditioning program I’d taken part in. Lower body explosion, especially in the hips is key to football. Lower body explosion, especially in the hips is key to successful kettlebell movements as well. Every element of training with Kettlebells translated almost directly to the football field. Cardio, strength, endurance, and explosive power were all trained for and maximally achieved. Kettlebells, ropes, heavy bags, and every other tool in Punch Gym helped me achieve the results I not only wanted but needed. It’s easy to see why Kettlebells should be the new tool of choice for athletes.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
We’ve got a special recipe for you on St. Patrick’s Day, one that actually comes to us directly from Ireland.  Steven Woods, who traveled here for one of our certification weekends in late 2009, wrote in from his home in Ireland with what he considers a quintessential dish for those cold Irish nights. 

Irish Stew

1/2oz butter
4 carrots
salt and pepper
4 onions chopped
6 potatoes cut in large chunks
2lb stewing lamb cut in chunks
2 sprigs fresh thyme
for the stock:
1 lamb bone
1 carrot
1 onion
2 peppercorns
1 bouquet garni
For the stock place all the ingredients in a pot and fill with cold water.
Bring to boil and simmer for 2.5 hours
In a pan over high heat melt the butter and add the carrots until brown.  Remove and set aside.  Repeat with onions, potatoes and lamb.
Put all the vegetables and lamb back in the dish (placing the potatoes on top) pour in the stock and cook over low heat for 1.5 hours.  Serve with crusty bread and butter.


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Minute of Strength #320 – AOS XT Cossack Squat


In this Minute of Strength Anthony does a AOS XT Cossack Squat with the AOS XT Cross Trainer elevation training system

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Minute of Strength #319: 1 Click Workouts – AOS ON DEMAND


In this Minute of strength the Art of Strength DVD and downloadables collection is being displayed in the new AOS ON DEMAND format.


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Minute of Strength #318 – AOS ON DEMAND


In this Minute of Strength we bring you the all new AOS ON DEMAND


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Still #1 Best New Cardio Tool

Ropes Gone Wild - Just Voted Best New Cardio Tool by Men’s Health Magazine from art of strength on Vimeo.
We’re please, honored and humbled to announce that our Ropes Gone Wild has just been named the Best New Cardio Tool of 2009 by Men’s Health Magazine!  This just validates exactly what we’ve been saying since we introduced Ropes Gone Wild – it’s time you get off your treadmills, throw away your elliptical machines, stop running in place and do some real cardio!  There’s nothing like a Ropes Gone Wild workout to let you know just how in-shape, or out of shape, you really are.  Take a look at what Anthony has to say about the Men’s Health Magazine honor.
To keep things going with Ropes Gone Wild, your workout for the week consists of mixing Providence with some Rope Work.  Here, Staci joins Anthony in demonstrating how to integrate either Ropes Gone Wild or the Outlaw 120 Jump Rope as an active rest between rounds.
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Minute of Strenth #318 – Flow Drill Your Drag

In this Minute of strength #318 anthony Uses Ropes Gone Wild drags to create a flow drill

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