Strength & Fitness Newsletter

This Week on Straight to the Bar

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, you’ll enjoy these :

Ready to add your own opinion, workout log or training article? Just head over to the Forums, Training Logs, or swing by the Article Submissions page. They’re fantastic ways to share your ideas.

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Video : Chad Kovach – Grip Feats

Here’s a gathering of pinching, squeezing and gripping to show just how much can be achieved in a short time.
Nice work Chad.


Keen to Try : WristBall

Recently Ryan noted armwrestler Scott Latella‘s new site – StrongerWrist. Excellent.
Many great things on the site (as well as a number which will be arriving shortly), including the WristBall. Very keen to try one out.

Coming Events

Twitterchat 77 – DIY Training Equipment

Over the years this site’s looked at the idea of making your own gym gear from a number of angles. Everything from the ‘how to make a …‘ to the tools and techniques involved.
This week we’ll be discussing all of these aspects of DIY Training Equipment, for anything used in your workouts. Indoor, outdoor; whatever it is – if it can be home-made, we’ll discuss how. Fantastic.


Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : DIY Training Equipment
When : Wed Aug 4, 9pm EDT (1am UTC)
How : Include #sbgym in your tweets.
To see when it’s on in your timezone, head over to the twitterchat calendar.
See you there.
NB : If you’d like to be a guest on a future twitterchat, let me know. It’s great to hear how other people are training.

Quick update on last week’s twitterchat : Thanks once again to Daniel Ng (@daniel_hautjobb) and everyone else who took part in the discussion on Photographing Strength Athletes. Some superb ideas in there.
Thanks also to everyone who added photos to the SttB Flickr Group (and to those that are still adding them). Greatly appreciated; there are some superb shots in there. And if you haven’t added your images yet? They’re all welcome. Swing by.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you take video or still photos at strength competitions? How do you keep track of the athletes, events, weights and so on?

Checking Out : The Sling Shot

Mark Bell‘s Sling Shot is now available. Looks great.

Exercise of the Week : Barbell Hack Squats

These are superb. Although the Hack Squat often referred to makes use of a simple machine, I much prefer the barbell version.
The basic version is shown below; there are certainly plenty of variations. Different bars, off-centred weights, bands and so on. Great exercise.