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 :

  • Fitness Goals for 2011Fitness Goals for 2011
    Various athletes
    Mine are primarily strength related – how about yours? Got any meets/competitions/contests/gatherings lined up? And how do you determine your goals – are they things you’ve never tried, or improvements (such as lifting a heavier weight, or completing the course in less time) to the things you already do?
  • Training LogsTraining Logs
    Various athletes
    There are many, many ways to train. Here are just a few.

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 : Olympic Lifting Techniques – Positions and Speeds

From Glenn Pendlay‘s Olympic Lifting Techniques DVD – a discussion on the importance of both position and speed. Good stuff.


Twitterchat 96 – Last Minute Fitness Gifts

With the holiday season in full swing (around here at least) it’s time once again to take a look at just what’s out there. What exactly do you buy for the fitness person in your life? If they’re setting up a home gym (ready for the new year), what are the kinds of things they’ll need? How about gifts for someone you care about that you’d love to see become fit, but that currently isn’t?
This week we’re discussing the many forms of Last Minute Fitness Gifts available. Things you can buy now, and – in most cases – get delivered and set up in time for Christmas Day itself. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than SEE‘s Adam Stoffa (@SEEAdamTrain). Fantastic.


Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Last Minute Fitness Gifts
When : Wed Dec 15, 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 Hormones and Diet. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What’s your current diet like – Primal? Vegetarian? Anything goes?

Checking Out : Industrial Strength Grip

This looks fantastic.
Tomorrow (Tue Dec 14, 2010) the incredible (and Unbreakable) Adam Glass will be releasing Industrial Strength Grip; a superb package for anyone new to the wonderful world of grip. To get a taste of what’s on offer, here’s a brief video demonstrating a simple grip-training routine using equipment you probably already have.
(a dumbbell, a towel and a couple of plates).
Good stuff.

Exercise of the Week : Jaw Lifting

I got a couple of emails during the week on this superb strength feat.
For the uninitiated, here’s a brief demonstration from StrongerGrip’s Ryan Pitts. Good stuff.

And if you’re looking for more info on exactly what this feat entails, the equipment needed and the training required, swing by the superb Jaw Lifting : What, Why and How. Love it.


Incidentally, if you’d like to get in touch regarding this or any other aspect of strength, you can send me an email here. Look forward to hearing from you.