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My (Still) Bestselling Calisthenics Book

I have 4.5 stars on Kobo, see?

I still can’t believe my Calisthenics eBook has been a bestseller for over three years.  It’s still #3 in Health and Fitness at Smashwords, although it has fallen from an all-time high of I think #19 all they way down to #37 at B&N.  Reviews average 4 out of 5 stars.

And how much money does a writer make from a bestselling eBook on Calisthenics?  About $30/month, a few hundred bucks a year.

So how about helping a brother out?  Go get yourself some!


Only 3.5 stars on Scribd. What can I say — haters gonna hate.



Shouts to Bryan, a Video and Some Stats

My Marketing Director (wait, isn’t that me?) just furnished me with these ridiculous statistics for 2015:

  • In 2015 I wrote 101,754 words, averaging 400 words per working day.
  • I spend 23,735 minutes — that’s over 395 hours or 16.5 days! — training in Cabal Fang Martial arts.
  • My average workout time was 78 minutes, and I practiced on average 5.84 days per week.

People ask me why I work and train so hard and how I stay motivated.  Many assume I’m trying to sell a million books and get rich.

The answer is that it’s easy to write and train when you love martial arts and you love people.  It’s easy when you want to change the world, when you want to change the path of Western martial arts, and when you’re trying to help people realize their dreams.

Maybe that’s why my Public Relations Manager (wait — that’s me!) says I should send a shout-out to Bryan in Toronto.  Yesterday Bryan ordered a set of PTDICE as well as a the complete Secret Pyramid Series of booklets.  He said he’s been following my blog for some time, and added that he liked my book The Calisthenics Codex which he gave a 5-star review on KOBO.  He said,

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Get fit without the gimmicks. Functional fitness at its best. At home, on the road, or better yet – no tools or gimmicks required to do these workouts. Mitchell gives some of the science but keeps it real and practical. His breakdown for ability levels and suggestions on how to mix and match are excellent. His style is approachable and the photos make it foolproof.

Thanks Bryan!  Maybe you don’t believe it, so I’m going to say it again — people like you are why I write stuff.  Next time I’m in Toronto, I’m buying you dinner.  You made my week!

From the Editor in Chief of the Martial Arts Desk (hey, that’s me too!):

Check out this video.  I’m not sure yet how I feel about this whole trend toward movement coaches in MMA, but this exchange between Joe Rogan and Brendan Schaub is hilarious (warning — profane content).


A Shot at Fitness Fame for Rookies and Heroes Alike

hofNot everybody can be a Hall-of-Famer, which is a shame, because once you’re in the “________” Hall of Fame (fill blank with your choice) that must be a pretty good motivator to keep going and set an example for the people following in your wake.

So I created the Calisthenics Codex Hall of Fame.  I made it pretty easy to get in, but not too easy, a brass ring for rookies and beginners, a little motivation to get on, or stay on, a workout plan.  For die-hard fitness freaks, it’s a chance for you to brag a little.

All you have to do is get a copy of my book The Calisthenics Codex, complete any workout in the book, and point me to a photo or video of you doing one of the workouts (complete instructions here).  Doesn’t matter if it’s the easiest (“Circle Time”), the hardest (“Death March”), or one of the others in between.

Pre-orders for The Calisthenics Codex are open.  Go get it now at half price.  Release day is May 30th, after which the price goes up.

Click here to pre-order at Barnes & Noble

Click here to pre-order on iTunes/iBooks