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 : Band Partner Sprints

I first saw these being demonstrated by Ross Enamait, and was instantly hooked. Fantastic things.
NB : this is the partner version, if you’re training solo simply loop the band around something that’s not going anywhere in a hurry (such as a rack or bench).


Twitterchat 90 : Online Coaching

If you’re a strength coach or personal trainer, do you offer any online services as part of your training? If you’re an athlete, have you ever used any; or would you like to find out a little more about them?
This week we’re continuing on from last week’s discussion on Setting Up a Strength Training Facility, this time looking at the online side of things. Everything from custom program design to teleseminars and video training. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than Body by D-Rock’s Derek Peruo (@bodybydrock). Fantastic.


Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Online Coaching
When : Wed Nov 3, 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 Setting Up a Strength Training Facility. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Ever considered setting up your own gym? Have one already?

Reading : We’re Working Out

This is a fantastic book.
If you’ve read any of Al Kavadlo‘s articles – either on Straight to the Bar or his own site – you’ll understand just how focused he is on health and fitness. In this book (full review) he shares his philosophy of training, eating well and generally looking after yourself.
A great read.

Exercise of the Week : Neck Training with Swiss Ball

I love neck work.
There are a number of ways to strengthen your neck and upper back (and if you enjoy your Rugby, grappling or motor racing you’ll understand why), including the fitness ball work shown below.
Over to Will :



Good fun.