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 :

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 : Diagonal Side Sit (Turbo Style)

Interesting movement. Over to Perry for the full explanation :

Nice one.

Gymchat 184 (Video) – TBA

Cheers to everyone who’s already expressed an interest in being interviewed for one of the video Gymchats, it’s enormously appreciated. Thank you all.
We’re still finalising the details for this week’s discussion, I’ll post those shortly (on the blog, Twitter, Google+ etc – you’ll certainly hear about it). In the meantime, if you’d like to suggest a future topic, or schedule an interview for one of the upcoming discussions, get in touch. Look forward to hearing from you.

Tip of the Week: Build Your Own Tire Sled

Each week we publish a number of tips and techniques via twitter, Google+, the forums, the blog; and now the newsletter. Wherever you are, there’s always a way to improve what you’re doing.

A tyre (or tire if you prefer) sled is a beautiful thing.

If you’re considering adding a little sled work to your routines, but haven’t tried it before, this is a great way to see if you like it. What’s more, it’s an incredibly quick (and easy, and cheap) DIY project. Well worth diving in to.
Matt explains the overall process in his article DIY : How to Build Your Own Tire Sled, but the video below – showing the sled in action – will give you the general idea.

Good fun.

Checking Out : Face Mash! Kelly McCann’s Essential Self-Defense Moves for Winning Real Street Fights

This looks superb.
Although there are certainly quite a few sales going on around Labor Day (in the US, at least), it’s a free ebook that caught my eye. In particular, Kelly McCann‘s Face Mash.

If you’re at all familiar with Kelly McCann, well, you know what you’re getting in to. And if not, here’s a snippet from Black Belt to help you get up to speed :

Kelly McCann is a former U.S. Marine special-missions officer responsible for counterterrorism and counter-narcotics. He now serves as the president of Crucible, an elite empty-hand and weapons-training facility that provides security support services and trains military, government and law-enforcement operators to do whatever it takes to survive.

Nice one.

Quick update on the StrongerGrip Modular Grip System (MGS) we mentioned last week – absolutely fantastic.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video. Warning : you will want one.


Exercise of the Week : ‘Hang’ Cleans?

Looking for something a bit different? Try a few of these.

Good stuff.

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.

Kettlebell Exercise Demonstrations & Tutorials

Pavel Tsatsouline with Flamebell

We’ve looked at a lot of kettlebell exercises and variations over the years – in the form of tips, tutorials and demonstrations.
Where do you find them all? Right here – a complete list of Kettlebell Exercise Demonstrations & Tutorials.

Free Downloads from the Strength Kit

Returning to Heavy Training After a Break

I recently added a number of resources to the Straight to the Bar Strength Kit, and as a Strength & Fitness Newsletter subscriber you’re more than welcome to download as many of them as you like. Several great eBooks, podcasts and videos – all absolutely free.
Just head over here, save them to your hard-drive, and dive in.
Good stuff.

NB : This is an ever-changing list. If you’d like to put your own work in front of a fantastic strength-focussed audience, let me know.