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Fitness/Health, Kettlebell


Did not log  the past few workouts, my apologies, will get my butt in gear though!  Last Thursday, we did ‘Deck of Cards’ with burpees, sit-ups, KB goblet squats, KB swings, and 16 flights of stairs for those blasted Jokers.  Want to give HUGE props to the athletes, they did awesome!  My hamstrings are still sore, love that ‘good hurt!’


10 KB swings

5 8-count bodybuilders (like a normal 6 count burpee, but kick your feet out wide and back after the push-up)

10 Rounds – performed as a complex for time


Also want to congratulate my friend and one of my sponsored athletes, Kyle Pietari for winning the Grasslands 50 Mile Ultramarathon this past weekend in TX!  Here is his race report –

The Grasslands Trail Run 50-Miler – 3/23/13 – Decatur, Texas

Thanks to the snow in Denver, my flight was delayed. I landed at the
Dallas/Fort Worth airport after 2:00am, and finally got into bed at
3:20, with my alarm set for 4:15. Zero sleep, except on the airplane.
But when the race started at 7:00, with a cool rain and lightning
flashing overhead, I felt great knowing I would be spending much of my
day running and enjoying the beautiful Texas landscape around me. The
course runs through the LBJ National Grasslands, and is all on trails.
It has a great mix of forest, scrubland, and rolling hills. (Small
hills by Colorado standards.) There are numerous free-ranging cattle
who, multiple times, blocked the trail and forced me to cut my legs up
scrambling through brambles to get around them. But these obstructions
only helped me feel closer to the nature around me. The trail surface
is mostly sand, and much of the course was like running on a sandy

After only 2.5 miles, I surged ahead of the lead pack of runners, and
was never passed. I maintained a moderately strenuous pace the entire
race, never letting myself relax. My time was 7:27, which included
time spent finding the trail when I got lost several times, adding an
extra 1.25 miles to the course. Whenever the ground surface yielded
good traction for a stretch, or if there was a downhill section, I
opened up my stride and ran in the 6:00-7:00 minutes per mile range.
But the sand and mud kept it difficult to consistently run miles
faster than 8:30. After the first eight miles, every mile was a
challenge. The final eight miles were excruciating. However, when I
finished in first place, my pain and exhaustion were overcome by
relief and pride.

Three weeks before the race, I overdid it by running in new shoes that
were not broken in and completing a 32-mile training run. I injured my
ankle and the tendons in my toes. Until a few days before the race, I
experienced pain even when I was lying down, and worried I would not
be able to complete the race. But the ART treatments I received from
Dr. Stripling did the trick. Both during and after the race, I felt
absolutely no pain from either injury. This was truly amazing, because
many of my other body parts hurt like crazy! Running 50 miles is
painful, and I cannot wait to get into Dr. Stripling’s office for some
post-race treatments!


About Dr. Jeff Stripling

Hey everyone, I am a Rolla, Missouri-based Active Release Technique (ART) chiropractor who specialises in musculoskeletal injuries, sports injuries, and active physical rehabilitation. Some things that are near and dear to my life are family and friends, my relationship with God, cycling, kettlebells, hiking/climbing, and QUALITY food and drink.


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