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 :
- Rob’s Training Log
Size and strength. Perfect.
- Floral Apron Adventures
The serious training continues.
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Video – Kettlebell Basics with Steve Cotter
Kettlebell training is superb. If you’re just getting started, take a look at this. Good stuff.
Deal of the Week – Metolius Eco Ball
Twitterchat 53 – Circuit Training : Looking to shed a little excess bodyfat? Train in small groups, indoors or outdoors? Perhaps you simply want to take full advantage of the equipment you’ve already got. Circuit training may be just what you’re after.
This week we’re discussing the ins and outs of circuit training – what it is, some common and uncommon ways to use it and the ways to incorporate it into your routines. Helping us to navigate this fascinating world is Jackie, better known as @girlwithnoname. Fantastic.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Circuit Training
When : Wed Feb 17, 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.
Reading : The Grip Masters Manual
I love this book.
Jeff’s recent can-crushing exploits reminded me that this is just one of the many fantastic feats and training ideas John Brookfield shares with the world. If you’re looking for world class grip strength, make sure you’ve got a copy of this.
Exercise of the Week : The Serratus Crunch
I first came across this one several years ago, in Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding – The Serratus Crunch. Good fun.
The Serratus Anterior (sometimes known as the Serratus Magnus, or ‘boxers‘ muscle) is perhaps best thought of as the ‘3 fingers‘ on your side, below each arm. Its job is to hold the scapula (shoulderblade) against the thoracic wall (rib cage). The Serratus Crunch comes in two main forms, each of which is described here.
What does it look like in action? Here’s a quick demo of the hanging version from Oracle Fitness :