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 : Ultimate Towel Workout 2

Very creative. Nice one.


Twitterchat 93 – Auxiliary Olympic Lifts for Core Strength

As you may have noticed last week, a couple of Twitter problems prevented us from getting in to this one. Accordingly, we’ve rescheduled it for this week – same day, same time (Wed 24th). See you there.


If the idea of core training doesn’t exactly get you excited, make sure you join this discussion. Whether you’re working out at home or in a commercial facility, we’ve got a few ideas to share.
This week we’re taking a close look at Auxiliary Olympic Lifts for Core Strength, in any form, anywhere. Everything from the prerequisite strength and skills to testing and measurement. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is bodybuilder, serious lifter and fitness writer Kat ‘The Mighty Kat‘ Ricker (@themightykat). Fantastic.


Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Auxiliary Olympic Lifts for Core Strength
When : Wed Nov 24, 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.

Checking Out : Weightlifting Visions 2011

My love of strength-training and photography are perfectly combined in projects like this, Kat’s Weightlifting Visions 2011 calendar. If you love surrounding yourself (even when you’re not actually training) with images of lifting and equipment, this is ideal.
Kat ‘The Mighty Kat‘ Ricker’s Weightlifting Visions 2011.

Exercise of the Week : Reverse Hyper Work

I first saw the Reverse Hyper in the superb Westside Dead Lift Secrets video 6 years ago, and judging by the number of emails I got following last week’s newsletter, it’s still an extremely popular setup.
Here’s Louie Simmons taking a look (with a demonstration by Laura Phelps) at the strap version of the machine. Excellent.