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DESCRIPTION - Check out the first female interview podcast from Legendary Strength with Adrienne Harvey. During the 2nd Super Human Training Workshop I had a pleasure of meeting Adrienne and in this episode you can expect to hear more on these subjects: - Ways to tackle the Beast Challenge or Iron Maiden - Is the Human Flag beneficial for Stronger Presses? - Everything you need to know about Progressive Calisthenics Certification - How to make big changes through small steps - The Long Term outlook - And much, much more! Check out all podcasts: Progressive Calisthenics Certification -


  • 1.Legendary Strength Podcast Adrienne Harvey Get this podcast on iTunes at: Logan: Hey, welcome everyone. Its Logan Christopher with the Legendary Strength podcast. Im excited today because this is my first female interview in the Legendary Strength podcast. I have a very strong woman with us. Thanks for joining us, Adrienne. Adrienne: Thanks so much and looking forward to being the first woman youve ever interviewed. Hopefully not going to be the last. Logan: I think Ive interviewed a woman before but not on the podcast so this will be good. So for people who arent familiar with you, can you tell us a little bit of your background? Adrienne: Okay, well Im a PCC Team Leader, and that is Dragon Doors new Progressive Calisthenics Certification workshop and program. It is incredibly cool. Its all bodyweight. Im also an RKC Level 2 and CK-SMF and Primal Move Natural instructor. So I do a lot of trainer both for myself and also for my clients and prospective instructors that's based in proper movements, in some ways even mindful movements, and interestingly enough we end up lifting pretty heavy and surprising ourselves with our own strength. Logan: Yeah, I had the pleasure of meeting you onwhat was it?our second Superhuman Training workshop down in Florida. I had a good time back then. I want to dive into some more details. How did Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved

2. you get started doing all this? Most people dont come out of the womb strong and fit so what got you started on this path? Adrienne: Its interesting. Its been kind of on and off for a few years and when I was in collegenot a lot of people know this, this is pretty funnyI had a summer internship working at a commercial bakery plant. I was in the office but they always had plenty of treats for us and for the first time in my life at that point, I put on a few extra pounds, nothing super major but I was like okay, this is something Im going to have to do about this. All this sitting around in the office was not working for me either so I joined Golds Gym of all places. They had a college student summer special for its very basic, what everybody starts out with, the machines and whatnot, eventually moving on to some free weights. By that time, I had to go back to school but the experience kind of always stuck with me because it was fun. Its a little bit too structured but I felt was a lot better even just doing a little bit there. After college, I started my own business and again, my gosh, Im sitting around a lot. This isnt so great and I started studying tai chi and qi gong with a friend locally and also just rejoined the university gym that was in the area. It was great up to a point. Weve noticed that with these traditional kinds of gym workouts I would do well and then it would just kind of stagnate. I could never really progress past a certain point with it. So I started looking around for some different things here and there and different diets and different just approaches, not really finding anything but still just kind of sticking with it. Then a few years after that, again, the same cycle. Wow, Im being too sedentary. I need to do something. Thankfully, I ended up finding kettlebells online and decided to change my career and become at that time, I said well, Ill become a personal train. I needed to hire one. I wasn't finding anybody I was terribly impressed with locally so Im like hey, why dont I become one? Thats kind of how it started. Kettlebells completely changed my approach to fitness and through that and through those kind of principles, I started doing bodyweight training as well. It just basically took off from there and I just couldnt get enough of it. Logan: Yeah, I know how that is. Adrienne: I forget how did youyouve been at this for a long time. Logan: Yeah, I got started sort of serious about training because I was doing bodybuilding at the gym. I played football in high school, was never very good. I was not athletic or strong or anything. It was shortly after high school I got serious in it because I got into bodyweight training and I started seeing results with that. Maybe about a year or so later, I started using kettlebells and then the old-time strongmen stuff and everything. I went to the RKC. So yeah, Ive been doing this probably pretty seriously for about ten years now. Adrienne: Cool. Its funny. You said something, you werent very athletic in high school and I certainly wasnt. Sometimes I have people ask me, what sports did you play in college or high school? My answer Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved 3. is sometimes taken the wrong way but its the truth. The only team I was on was the chess team in high school and even somewhat briefly even. I wasnt of it. Its kind of funny to have that as that assumption but its also good for people to know because a lot of people werent athletic or even confident in anyway physically in high school and college and sometimes I think that they feel shut out of mainstream fitness approaches. What I love about bodyweight and kettlebells is that its so accessible once you start to really delve into it, pretty much for anyone. Thats what I like a lot, especially about like Convict Conditioning and PCC. Its like look, you know what? I got myself into this thing. I can get myself out of it and I can improve myself. I can do this right here in my room. I just think thats amazing and powerful. Logan: Yeah. Well definitely dive into that some more. Just thinking back, yeah, I was the person that was picked last for sports and teams just at the different schools, during recess and whatnot, but it really is actually within your control to become an athletic person. Its not just strength but all these athletic abilities can actually be built up. Its not that someone is born with it or doesnt. Sure, some people happen to be but it really can be trained. Using kettlebells, using bodyweight as well as other methods is really going to make you become an athlete even if you have no desire to play a sport. I think its sort of a natural human quality that we should be athletic. We ought to be athletic but its going to take some training in order to get there. Adrienne: Absolutely, and whats cool is a lot of the approaches that you and I are now taking, the problems Id had in high school and whatnot was well, go do this thing. Okay, I cant quite do that yet. Whats the stuff before it? No one had any answers at that point. Now weve got all these incremental steps, all these stepping stones that can get anyone started. I found, just working on the basics, one of the first times I went to an Enter That Lutna workshop it was very cool but when we started doing crawling, my crawling pattern was completely long and I was like shocked and quite honestly a little embarrassed. I ended up working on it with some ideas from Lutna but also a whole bunch of really super basic from Primal Move and I fixed that pattern now. But most adults and even instructors and health instructors that Ive worked with, we all have these little problems in coordination or these problems in pattern that when we work through them from some of these tiny incremental steps, we just become that much more coordinated, strong, and injury- resistant on a certain level as well. Yes, it can totally be learned. Logan: Yeah, I still look forward to finding out things that Im not good at because oh, heres a weakness of mine and once I get this better I get that much better all around. Adrienne: Absolutely. I was working with someone recently and we found this one little habit and when we fixed that, it fixed his deadlift, his swing, posture. All these basic but still crucial things came from this one little, it was almost an awareness, a habit awareness. Wow, it was fun to watch. Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved 4. Logan: Did you successful the Iron Maiden challenge? Adrienne: Not yet. Ive come very close a couple of times. I got the press and I got the pistol. The pull-up is still in there, still looms, and I will admit that Ive actually backed off of that ever so slightly just to get more of a well-rounded strength for things like the PCC so Ive been working a lot on skill and being able to demonstrate those things towards the PCC. After this next workshop coming up this weekend, Ill get back more into that. Ive been maintaining what I have. I havent given up but I havent been doing super specialized training towards that weighted pull-up because for me, thats what its going to take. Logan: Right. For people listening that arent familiar with that, the Iron Maiden challenge is for women. It involves a 53-pound kettlebell that you have to military press with one arm, you have to do a pull-up with it hanging from you, and a one-legged squat with it. The same one for men is called the Beast Challenge and it involves a 106-pound kettlebell. Im actually right there with you because I can do the pistol and I can do the press but Im just a little bit aways from doing the pull-up for myself so maybe well talk about how to finally get through that this coming weekend. For people listening, I will actually be at the PCC Certification this coming weekend but this podcast will be poster on Monday after so that will have already happened and Ill be sharing some of the lessons and things learned from that as well. Adrienne: Awesome. Im glad to hear that youll be at the PCC this weekend. I thought Id seen that online. Youre going to love it. Logan: Im really looking forward to it. Tell us a little bit about it since the first one happened a couple of months ago, correct? Adrienne: Right. It was an amazing success. Its always a little interesting coming into it. You treat it as a brand new cert and even though I know Danny and Al Kavadlo very well and I've never met Steven Low Ive read a lot of his things online and theyre actually cool and everythingnone of us really truly knew what to expect. So he showed at St. Paul and they had these incredible manuals which we had all been reading for weeks and weeks and weeks before it, 600 pages written by Paul Wade. I will admit that it is one of my most prized possessions. Its usually within reach. I can see it from where Im sitting right now. Everything is broken up and there are illustrations. Theres stuff, ways that you can pretty much transform somebody using just this manual. The only way you can get this manual is by coming to the workshop. Theyll never be selling it. Were not going to spend a lot of time in the manual during the workshop. Obviously, a lot of it is very experiential. Theres a lot of problem solving. Theres a lot of trying to do things and then troubleshooting others but when you go home after the workshop each night or when you go to your hotel or something, youre going to start delving into it. Be careful. Youll end up staying up till morning, till 3 AM in the morning. When I received an advanced copy of it, I just stayed up until 4 AM reading it. Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved 5. Thankfully, I was at home so it was no big deal. It is amazing. That right there, I think, is worth the price of admission but what we get at the actual workshop is just an incredible camaraderie and also Al and Dannys instruction style is amazing. They break it down. Sometimes you go to these workshops and the guy is talking really fast. You get half it and half of it doesnt make sense in your own body. You try to kind of make the shape that hes making and its not working and youre like man, whats going on here? That does not happen at the PCC. Everything is so plainly described. Youre like oh, I got it and I can use this. Youre going to come back from that with so many things. You can start using it immediately for yourself and for your clients. Its very cool. One of the other neat things was many of the people that attended the first PCCand Im sure that some people came to the secondyoull realized that hey, there's a community of people that are into this and while a majority of the people attending are fitness instructors, gym owners, fitness professionals, authors, etc., there are a few people that attend just because this is what they do. I do interviews for Dragon Door so I've gotten to talk to a lot of people whove attended. What was interesting was talking to one guy whos a doctor, an MD physician, general kind of internist, and he was like, You know what? Some people are cyclists. Some people run. This is my thing. Then he had just gotten so into the contrast from Convict Conditioning and they have so transformed his life and his strength and his health that he could stay pay the PPC for his own training. Here he was in a room full of other people that understood the passion for running these types of movement and for conquering these types of challenging and seeing that there is a community out there. You arent that one weird guy at the park whos doing handstands up against the wall. Logan: I love being that weird guy. Adrienne: Yeah, exactly. I know a lot of you weird guys, right? Youre on the fit trails doing muscle ups on the pull-up bars, eking a couple of good ones out, and then a couple of chicken wing ones, too. So here they were in a room full of people and just variety of folks. We had a couple of breakdancers there. They tried to teach me a breakdancing move during one of the breaks and I definitely need more practice but this kind of openness, non-competitiveness, it was like were all on this personal journey that we want to learn how to share better with others. That was kind of the general vibe of it so you are going to love it, in other words. Logan: Yeah, Ive obviously been doing this for quite a while. I have my own books and everything but Im always looking forward to just those little small things that can be of huge help like you were saying with your client when you fixed that one thing. I dont think Ill find anything that major but it can be just that small thing that will allow me to do a move that I havent done before. A kind of cool thing, I havent been doing a whole lot of bodyweight stuff lately. Ive been on a really sort of heavy weightlifting kick for the past couple of months now and I plan to still do that but Im starting to ease Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved 6. into a little bit more with the bodyweight stuff because I want to be able to do everything. It can be just the small things. I know Im going to have a lot of fun and definitely set some PRs this weekend. That always happens at workshops. If youre around other strong people and youre learning new stuff, youre getting new techniques and everything, it just comes naturally to set some new records. Adrienne: I certainly agree with you. So heres something I love, speaking of lifting heavy and we also mentioned the Iron Maiden and the Beast Challenge, Ive...