Strength & Fitness Newsletter

On the Forums

I’m constantly amazed at just how much my training is influenced by the people on this site. Whether you’re looking for a new piece of equipment, an unusual exercise variation or just an idea of how others approach things, head over to the forums :

Ready to add your own workout log or training article? Just head over to the Articles & Logs page and log in, and click ‘Post to Your Blog‘. That’s all there is to it.

NB : if you like what you see, show the authors your appreciation by voting (using the icons for Digg, StumbleUpon etc above each article). Cheers.

Video – Making Light Clubs Feel Heavy Again

What happens after you’ve been training with clubs for a while, and the initial weights are no longer challenging? Kevin Wikse takes at look at several exercises that will have you re-using the ‘light‘ ones. Good stuff.

Deal of the Week – RMAX Clubbells

I got a couple of questions over the holidays (from family members – I won’t say which ones) regarding club training. What do you get, and how do you get started?
Really, there are many, many great options; and it’s actually quite hard to find a bad one. In my case, I started with a pair of RMAX Clubbells, and the Encyclopadia of Clubbell Training DVD.
Highly recommended.

Coming Events

Twitterchat 47 – Post-Injury Training : How do get back to serious training after an injury? What should you avoid, and when do you push yourself to the limit?
This week we’re chatting about post-injury training, together with someone who’s doing exactly that : the enigmatic @GoodyGirl77. Fantastic.
Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Post-Injury Training
When : Wed Jan 6, 9pm EST (1am UTC)
How : include #sbgym in your tweets (here’s how)
To see when it’s on in your timezone, head over to the twitterchat calendar.
See you there.
Got an event that you’d like to add? Let me know.

Exercise of the Week : Duck-Feet Clean-Grip Deadlift

Duck-Feet Clean-Grip DeadliftLooking to vary your deadlift training? Try the Duck-Feet Clean-Grip Deadlift.
From the article ‘10 Variations of The Best Bodybuilding Exercise‘ :

This one is a staple of Chinese Olympic lifters — the strongest lifters in the smaller weight classes and women’s lifting. It’s mostly because this is the way they do their cleans and snatches. The heels are together (or close to together) in the starting position, with the feet turned out 45 degrees.

This variation of the clean-grip deadlift is better than the original for building the quadriceps. The lower leg angle allows you to keep the bar closer to the body, because the knees aren’t in the way, which decreases the involvement of the lower back. However, it does put less emphasis on the glutes.