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-Resisted Knee-Ins

Nice and simple – a little band work.
Good stuff.


Twitterchat 104 – Training with Grippers

We’ve talked a lot about grip training over the past couple of years (yes, this is the second anniversary of the twitterchats); everything from DIY Grip Tools to Pinch Grip Training. Love it.


This week we’re returning to the world of hand strength, taking a detailed look at Training with Grippers. What to get, what to do, recovery techniques and so on. All the good stuff.
Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than the enigmatic Matt (@njstrongman32). Fantastic.


Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Training with Grippers
When : Wed Feb 9, 9pm EDT (1am UTC)
How : Include #sbgym in your tweets.
If you’ve never been to one of these twitterchats before, here’s how to join in the fun. Simple, quick to set up and free.
And 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 Pinch Grip, Blobs and the U-GO Handles. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Plates, blobs, bars – what do you like to lift?
NB : The winner of the superb StrongerGrip Loadable Blob was @njstrongman32 – congratulations. And cheers Ryan, greatly appreciated.

Checking Out : Hyper Wear SteelBells

These look great.
If you’ve ever played with the SandBells (great for things like Grip Grabs), you know just how versatile they are. Use them in place of the occasional kettlebell or medicine ball workout.
SteelBells are essentially just the heavy-duty variety. As the name implies, they’re filled with steel shot; which makes them far more dense, and even more difficult to hold. The weight shifts about a lot more.
If you’re after a new way to challenge your grip – and get a little strength-conditioning in at the same time – give the SteelBells a run. Beautiful.

Exercise of the Week : Sledgehammer Throwing

When Anna Paij recently announced that she was planning to buy a sledgehammer, I must admit that the first exercise I thought of was the humble Sledgehammer Throw.
It’s a simple as it sounds (and a great deal of fun) – find an open space, and throw a sledgehammer as far as you can. Walk over to it, and repeat.
Here it is in action :

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.

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Good stuff.
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