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 :
- Gem From The Vault : Training Partners
Kira Robert Clarke (Fight Geek)
What’s your training partner like? If you haven’t got one, what sorts of things should you look for? Kira explores.
- Looking At : Jun 10, 2012
Scott Andrew Bird
We’ve been discussing some very interesting techniques, products and services recently. Here are the highlights.
Over to you. I’d love to hear what you think : leave your comments on the above articles, and share them with your friends/colleagues/clients and so on.
NB : If you’d like to submit your own piece for Straight to the Bar, here’s how.
Video : Pike-Ups (with suspension trainer)
If you’ve just got yourself a suspension trainer and would like to know what to do with it, this is a great place to start. The Pike-Up.
NB : for a much more detailed look at putting this wonderful equipment to work, check out Derek’s Suspension Training 101 ebook. Absolutely free.
Gymchat 173 – Fitness in 2030
The world will be a very different place in 2030.
No matter what your vision of the future – something from a sci-fi novel or a technologically advanced version of what we have now – there will undoubtedly be a lot of changes involved. Particularly when it comes to health & fitness.
If you’re currently a Personal Trainer (or use one), what sorts of changes would you expect to see over the next 18 years? Will the average age of your clients increase; as people live longer, healthier lives? Will you gradually move away from one-on-one coaching to working with groups and clients online?
And most importantly (particularly as various physical repairs and enhancements get closer and closer) :
Will people still want to train if they don’t have to?
There’s a lot to think about, whether you’re on the trainer or client side of the fence. Whatever you think is likely to happen – and what you’d like to see – we’d love to hear about it. Join us for Fitness in 2030. Fantastic.
Who Everyone who intends to be training in 18 years’ time
Topic : Fitness in 2030
When : Wed Jun 13, 9pm EDT (here’s how to find out when that is in your timezone)
How : Post a comment, question or reply
Where : https://plus.google.com/u/0/113406428532094481598/posts/c3Xw9qx6paS
For everyone who’s joining us for their first Gymchat, welcome. Just dive right in, and ask any training-related questions you like.
See you there.
Quick update on last week’s gymchat : Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the discussion : Combat Athletics : Getting Ready for the Fight. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, here’s the transcript. Was a great one.
The Hunt for Broken Links
Straight to the Bar has been around for more than 8 years now, and there are a lot of articles/videos/photos/reviews to say the least. Nearly 6,000 in fact (there’s a full list here).
Unfortunately, this number also means there’s inevitably a video that’s no longer available, or a link to a site which has just moved. Whatever it is, I’m always looking to fix it as quickly as possible.
To help me find the problems : if you spot something that isn’t quite working right – a video that’s been removed, or a link that no longer works – let me know. Leave a comment, or send me a message on Google+, Twitter or Facebook (all of the details here). As a bonus, you’ll receive a selection of strength-training goodness shortly afterward. Not to mention my eternal gratitude.
Tip of the Week: Optimal Rowing Technique
If you’ve ever used a rowing machine, you’ll know the feeling well. Sometimes everything just clicks, and sometimes it doesn’t.
Like anything though, a little bit of technique goes a long way. From the post Concept2 Rowing Technique, CrossFit Oldtown takes a look at the right way to tackle an indoor rowing machine :
NB : although they’re using a Concept2 in this video, the same approach applies to almost any rowing machine. Give it a shot.
Checking Out : RunTarget
Nice and simple.
I’m currently checking out a number of apps for the iPhone and iPad, and the first of those is RunTarget. Looks great.
RunTarget is a basic application that keeps track of where you are, and how fast you are running at any point in time. I’ll give it a thorough exploration over the next week or so, but my first impression is certainly positive.
If you enjoy the occasional run as part of your training, it’s well worth checking out. RunTarget.
Exercise of the Week : Bulgarian Split Squat
As with the rowing we mentioned earlier, when it comes to the Split Squat, a little technique goes a long way. To explain exactly how it’s done, here’s James :
Incidentally, if you’d like to get in touch regarding this or any other aspect of strength, you can contact me here. Look forward to hearing from you.
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