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.

NB : if you enjoy the articles, show the authors your appreciation by voting (using the Like, Digg and Retweet icons). Cheers.

Video : One-Handed Axle Power Clean

Looking for a challenge? Try the One-Handed Axle Power Clean. Love it.

Coming Events

Twitterchat 85 – Setting up a Muay Thai Home Gym

A while ago we explored the possibilities of setting up a home gym – the space, equipment, money and time necessary. Some fantastic – and extremely creative – ideas in there.
This week we’re looking at the establishment of a combat-focussed home gym, specifically for Muay Thai training; discussing the things which work, essential equipment, sparring requirements and so on. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than the enigmatic Fight Geek (@thefightgeek). Fantastic.

Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Setting up a Muay Thai Home Gym
When : Wed Sep 29, 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.

Quick update on last week’s twitterchat : Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the discussion on Professional Armwrestling. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you compete professionally, or just enjoy challenging friends and family?

Checking Out : Championship Weightlifting

Championship Weightlifting is the second book by the incredible Olympic athlete, official and writer; Tommy Kono.
Taking a detailed look at the mental aspects of training, Championship Weightlifting is very promising indeed. To say that I’m keen is a huge understatement.

Exercise of the Week : Glide Pad Training

Whether you’re using something like the ValSlides or furniture glide pads from your nearest hardware store, these exercises are superb. Here’s Ross Enamait with a brief demonstration of some Glide Pad Training. Good stuff.