Strength & Fitness Newsletter

Posted : May 24, 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011

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.

NB : I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment beneath the article itself, and share your views with the fantastic strength-training community. Cheers.


Video : The Chicken Press

Want another dumbbell exercise for your arsenal? Consider the Chicken Press.


Twitterchat 119 – Biofeedback

This makes a great deal of sense.
When Unbreakable‘ Adam Glass‘ DVDs came out – the ones covering the Gym Movement Protocol – there was a lot of talk about Biofeedback in a strength-training context. What, how, why and when.


This week we’re diving even deeper into this fascinating area. Helping us explore it is none other than Extreme Human Performance‘s Mike T Nelson (@miketnelson). Fantastic.


Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Biofeedback
When : Wed May 25, 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 Nutrition for Beginners. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, here’s a brief summary. Was a great one.

Looking Forward To : The Ultimate Kettlebells Workbook

Can’t learn enough about kettlebell training? Me neither.
It’s safe to say that I’ve got a couple of kettlebell training books & DVDs on the fitness shelves. Soon to be added to the list (and gradually making its way up the books-to-read stack) is Dave Randolph‘s The Ultimate Kettlebells Workbook: The Revolutionary Program to Tone, Sculpt and Strengthen Your Whole Body. Although I haven’t yet read much about this one (it doesn’t come out for another few weeks), his previous work Spartan Warrior Workout is a great read.
Hopes are high.

Quick update on the Beast Sled : A few weeks ago we noted the Beast Sled; beautiful thing.
If you haven’t ordered yours yet, swing by the The Beast Sled site and check them out. I’d love to hear what you think.

Exercise of the Week : Suitcase Deadlift

As you probably know, I love a spot of deadlifting. Great fun.
The Suitcase Deadlift is just one of the many variants available, and is simply a one-armed deadlift performed beside the body (rather than between the legs). Explaining & demonstrating this lift is none other than Unbreakable‘ Adam Glass :

NB : in the article 29 Things to do with a Barbell in the Corner, Jason demonstrates another way to perform this lift, with weight on one end of the bar only. Nice one.


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.

Free eBooks from Straight to the Bar

10 Essential Conditioning ToolsAs a Strength & Fitness Newsletter subscriber you get several great eBooks, absolutely free. Just head over here, save them to your hard-drive, and dive in.
Good stuff.
NB : This is an ever-changing list of books. If you’d like to put your own work in front of a fantastic strength-focussed audience, let me know.

Time for Some New Gear? Here’s What to Get, and How to Use It

Straight to the Bar GuidesThanks to everyone who’s sent in feedback (via email, Facebook and Twitter) about the Straight to the Bar Guides – it’s greatly appreciated.
For everyone who hasn’t seen them yet, the Guides will help you decide what to get (and where), and how to train with it. There’s some great information in there.