MBG Chicago has Mad Training Skills! Awesome Meals!! Strong workout!!

Our first Bulls game was awesome!!!!:)
Got to say Monkey Bar Gym Chicago is off the hook!!! Today was awesome!! everybody here is doing the skills training each class and loving it, then we did beat reps and they loved that even more!!:) Man i'm loving the way folks here are improving each day! Folks who werent close to handstands are crushing it now, getting way way stronger and feeling more and more pain free from the Eischens Yoga and Plant Based nutrition!
Monday night after a full day of shooting new DVD's Jess and i got to go to our first Bulls game:) It was a blast! Gary (new Lifeline CEO) came down and treated us and more to the game and dinner before hand....awesome seats too:) WOW is all i can say the united center is awesome, the game was a blast as i havent been to an NBA game in many years...but most of all the side events at the game were the best:) haha Benny the Bulls mascot should be paid a ton of money!!... he has crazy skills doing handsprings over the chair and lots more!! amazing comic timing! and people skills all would love:) just awesome!! Lots more fun stuff as well:)
Yesterday caught up a bit on some rest and trained lightly.
Today was back at it training again and man did i miss it:)
MBG 1 restoration - been crushing Eischens Yoga in class and loving it...just chillin' while doing it and taking my time and it makes all the difference in the world....walk out feeling light, relaxed and peacefull:)
MBG 2 training - did todays class workout...first KB workout in awhile and did not do too bad:) haha
first did about 30 minutes of skill training...pole work, handstands, cartwheels, etc.alternated these two til done....also did bjj today for about an hour
  1. KB alternate back presses: 5 x 5's with the 40k's...felt pretty easy:) haha
  2. instead of S2S's i did chin ups: 5 x 3 with 16k to my sternum and this was good too!
MBG 3 plant based eating:)
  1. 32 oz cold water:) 
  2. kale, mango, banana, dates, raw meal, pumpkin seeds smoothie
  3. Green drink 24 oz
  4. soaked kale, baby spinach, pecans, 2 vegan patties...then had a vegan wrap to finish the meal!!!:)
  5. vegan pancakes!!! hahaha, jess made em out of amaranth and they were amazing! some corn meal, some apple sauce, sea salt, then covered them in pecans and bananas and maple syrup....dope on a rope my friends they were awesome:) !!!
Good day and man it was good to get back to training again!!:)
QUESTION FOR TODAY:) What is the influential book you've ever read? What book has made the biggest difference in your life? You can list a few books here as well. Mine are The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Celestine Phrophecies (these two are awesome conscious stories of how to live in a healthier and more positive way for people and planet), China Study (the book that changed the way i eat 100%), The Warrior Within (Bruce Lee's wisdom is some dope stuff!!)
Change it up my friends, do something way outside the box tomorrow!!:) hahaha


  1. I really enjoy reading about the special forces. The Warrior Elite by Dick Couch, and Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney go into some of the extremes the trainees face. They are more interesting than inspirational and I'm going to have to read some of the ones you listed and some others list.
    Also, do you recommend adding kettlebells to jump training or would the power jumper alone be good?

  2. Hi Jon
    Top 5 for me would be:
    1. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
    2. Awaken The Giant Within - Tony Robbins
    3. You'll See It When You Believe It - Wayne Dyer
    4. Psycho-Cybernetics - Maxwell Maltz
    5. The Answer - John Assaraf
    (Obviously there's a similar theme here!)

    Oh, and a laugh to see myself and my brother in the vid from the latest MBG newsletter - good CNT MBG 3 memories!

  3. Hey Jon,
    Its soo may great books out there its hard to remember all of them. But props to Colin for reminding me, The Alchemist, dope book. Another one I've read recently that's real good, and can relate to pretty much anyone, regardless of what they into, The Element, by Sir Ken Robinson. Its about constantly working and allowing ourselves to find that place where we are both passionate about what we are doing it, we just love doing it for the sake of doing it, and naturally have an aptitude for it. His whole this is if more folks were actually concerned about this and loving life, rather than having a gigantic pay check and hating every moment, constantly searching for the next fix, than the world would be far better off. Pretty interesting, if any of ya'll get a chance, check him out... he also has some videos on TED.com, that talk about pretty much the same thing... in 15 minutes.
    ¡Bien salud a tod@s!

  4. Fat, Broke and Lonely No More - Victoria Moran
    In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan

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  6. Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins, Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food for sure, got me thinking and led me to The China Study, and just recently, Born to Run by Christopher MacDougall, an inspiring account of ultra-runners and real athletes - got me onto chia seeds and freeing my mind to allow myself to run longer distances than I thought I could and have fun with it- awesome. Also, Brendan Brazier's Thrive books, great recipe ideas and info.

  7. For me, the Bible is definitely at the top. Also, I have to include In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. Reading that makes me all the more glad that I eat REAL FOOD and not all the processed junk like most Americans do. Born to Run is also an inspiring read! Like Louise said, the Tarahumara are real athletes! The stories in the book are a another testimony of how one does not have to rely on animal protein to be super strong or super healthy.

    In terms of doing something outside the box today, I've brought my KBs with me to work and have been doing various movements with them throughout the day whenever I get the chance, just mixing it up with cleans, swings, squats, snatches, deadlifts, and rows. Also practicing handstands against the wall..just having fun with it all!

  8. all great points my friends! hope this helps you all with cn some other really cool books to read as it does me:) haha
    i like the play at work training stuff alot too as james is doing...great way to break up the day. try this one a set of 10 full power wheel rollouts off your knees (to chest) every half hour of the day:) man you'll love it!!:)


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