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 :

  • Yael GrauerPrimero BJJ
    Yael Grauer
    Which would you rather visit : a gym with a great atmosphere, or one with great coaches?
  • Serious Coaches and TrainersOnline Coaching Resources
    Serious Coaches and Trainers
    For the coaches & trainers who offer online coaching services : we’ve set up an area on the forums specifically for discussion on this very topic. What works, where to advertise, what to charge and so on. If you’re currently offering online coaching services (or are just keen to find out more), let me know and I’ll add you to the group.

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 and Retweet icons above & below each post). Cheers.


Video : One Hand Deadlifting with the Strongergrip Plateau Buster

The Strongergrip Plateau Buster (fantastic thing) in action. Nice work Adam.


Twitterchat 91 – Getting Started with Combat Training

If you’ve ever considered learning a martial art, taking up boxing or any other form of combat athletics; you may be wondering just where to begin. After all, there are one or two possibilities.
This week we’re taking a close look at Getting Started with Combat Training, no matter what form that takes. Everything from the prerequisite strength and skills to ‘which sport helps with which goals‘. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than Combat Trainer’s Rob Decillis (@CombatTrainer). Fantastic.


Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Online Coaching
When : Wed Nov 10, 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 Online Coaching. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you currently offer any fitness coaching services online, or have you ever used any?

Getting Ready For : Nail Bending – How to Melt Steel with Your Bare Hands

Jedd noted this one the other day, and I have to say, it sounds fantastic.
Nail Bending – How to Melt Steel with Your Bare Hands is 1 1/2 hours of solid instruction in how to bend steel correctly, and safely. And when it’s the insanely strong Jedd Johnson at the helm, you know it’s going to be good.
Really looking forward to it.

Exercise of the Week : Shovel Lift Variations

Love a spot of Mace work? Same here.
The other day we briefly looked at a common way to put your Mace to work, the Shovel Lift. Here are a few ways to vary this wonderful exercise.
Before we get into the variations, here’s the basic exercise. As you can see, it’s simply mimicking the shovelling action.

Other ways to perform the Shovel Lift :

  • Snow shovel intervals (suggested by Mark Konen in Pack Light, Train Hard)
  • Shovel Dead Lifts (barbell with weight on one side only, same shovelling action)
  • Perform similar movements using cables, bands, clubs and sledgehammers

And if you’re ready to get serious, check out the StrongerGrip Plate-Loadable Shovel. Beautiful.