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 – Viking Presses with Tyres (Tires)

Here’s another great way to put heavy tyres to good use – a Viking Press or three. Good stuff.

Deal of the Week – Grrl’s Valentine’s Day Wishlist

Grrl's Valentine's Day WishlistLong-term readers may recall The Mighty Kat‘s superb Grrl’s Valentine’s Day Wishlist. With Valentine’s Day 2010 less than a week away, here’s a perfect opportunity to help the girl in your life enjoy her strength-training sessions that little bit more.
Absolutely free.

Coming Events

Twitterchat 52 – Becoming a Fitness Professional : Considering becoming a qualified trainer, coach or nutritionist? How do you go about it, what does it cost and how long does it take?
This week we’re discussing the paths to becoming a fitness professional, no matter where you live or which qualification you’re after. Helping us to navigate this fascinating world is David Sandel, better known as @AthleteCreator. Fantastic.
Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Becoming a Fitness Professional
When : Wed Feb 11, 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.


A couple of quick updates :
Last week I mentioned that I’d be posting the review of Tim Hull‘s superb Functional Correction Manual. Here it is :
Also, keen-eyed readers may have noticed that the ebook given away to all new subscribers is now Jedd Johnson‘s excellent ‘14 Things you NEED for your First Strongman Contest‘. For everyone who was already signed up, here’s your complimentary copy :

Exercise of the Week : The Backlift

Thomas Jefferson 'Stout' Jackson setting up for backlift

Thomas Jefferson ‘Stout‘ Jackson. All rights
reserved, HJ Lutcher Stark Center, University of Texas.

The Backlift isn’t seen terribly often these days, although it’s certainly a challenging test of strength. Good fun.
I first came across this lift when I saw an old photo (above) of Thomas Jefferson ‘Stout‘ Jackson performing in 1916. Warren Lincoln Travis was also well known for training the backlift.
What does it look like in action? Here’s Derek Poundstone performing the most common variation of this lift at Fortissimus 2009 :

Good stuff.