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 :
- Review : Glycomaize from Optimum Nutrition
Derek ‘D-Rock‘ Peruo
A very starchy look at some very fancy corn.
- Looking At : Dec 2, 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 : Improving Shoulder Mobility
Gymchat 195 – TBA
We’re still finalising the details for this week’s discussion. I’ll post them on the blog (and Twitter, Google+ etc) shortly; here are the various ways to watch/join in.
However you take part, enjoy.
NB : If you’d like to suggest a future topic, or schedule an interview for one of the upcoming discussions, you can contact us here. Look forward to hearing from you.
Who : TBA
Topic : TBA
When : Wednesday Dec 5, 9pm EST
How : Google+ Hangout. If you’ve never been to one, here’s how to take part.
NB : If you’re keen to fire in a question or three, be sure to get there early. In addition to Kirk and the Interviewee, only the first 8 people to join us on the Hangout (and here’s how) will be able to join in the conversation. Everyone else will be able to watch, but not ask questions.
See you there.
If you’d like to suggest a future topic, or schedule an interview for one of the upcoming discussions, you can contact us here. Look forward to hearing from you.
Last Week : We had a double dose of Gymchat goodness last week, featuring discussions with both Kyle Bohannon and Conor Doherty. Thanks to everyone who was able to watch live, always the best way to keep up with what’s going on.
If you missed the broadcasts, the full videos are available over on Kirk’s Youtube Channel. That’s also the best place to subscribe to the videos directly, and to see previous discussions.
Tip of the Week: Dumbells for the Home Gym – How Heavy Should They Be?
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.
This tip comes to us from the Gymchat on ‘Training at Home‘, and is part of Jackie ‘Hot at Home‘ Burgmann‘s description of her own setup. The weight of the dumbbells she owns.
From Gymchat 144 – ‘Training at Home‘ :
I usually find my 10rep max weight, then keep a set of dbs that are one step higher at home. Once I’ve progressed to those with 10reps, I buy another set up, it sits idle for a few months ’til I need it, but eventually I need it. Now that my legs are super strong, I do have some heavy stuff here for legs that I’ll never need for arms. But getting a set of adjustables that go super high is probably the best way to ensure you always have a place to progress to.
Checking Out : Primal Blueprint Books
I love these books.
Whether they’re for yourself or intended as gifts, these are certainly a great way to transform someone’s diet. The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals and the one that started it all – The Primal Blueprint itself. Fantastic thing.
The books themselves – as the titles suggest – focus on the Primal approach to nutrition, which Mark explains in great detail in The Primal Blueprint. For those who are new to it, here’s a brief snippet from our review :
The Primal Blueprint opens up with a wonderful introduction that is essentially a “primer“. Sisson illustrates the main differences between “Conventional Wisdom” and his 10 Laws of Primal Life. Much of what passes as conventional thought is truly based on flawed science, protecting special interests, or both. A great example is that many of us think of grain as the “staff of life“. On the other hand, Sisson quotes Jared Diamond, UCLA evolutionary biologist, as calling propagation of grain the “worst mistake in the history of the human race“.
If you’re ready to take a close look at the things you eat, grab these books. Superb.
Quick update on the The RKC Book of Strength and Conditioning we mentioned recently – an incredible collection.
As you’ll see, this book manages to distil an awful lot of RKC wisdom into a single package. A snippet from the Dragon Door site will give you the overall idea :
Since 2001 and the world’s first Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) Instructor Certification workshop, thousands of individuals–martial artists, first responders, military, and fitness and strength professionals, have learned how to use kettlebells quickly and safely. And then introduce the remarkable benefits of the kettelbell to a global community of kettlebell enthusiasts.
Many of these RKCs have created a wide variety of effective workout programs for their clients, customers, teams, and units. So, who better to answer the question “How do I use kettlebells to get the best possible results for ME and MY goals?” than these same RKCs?
We asked the RKC Instructors to submit their most prized workouts, so you can not only see, but also use proven programs that have been successfully used by these qualified experts. The result became The RKC Book of Strength and Conditioning, replete with time-tested, results-producing kettlebell workouts that can satisfy the needs of newbie and pro alike, for years to come.
Some workouts are used to develop strength. Some are used for conditioning. All have produced results either for the instructors themselves, their clients, or both. Enjoy the pain!
Once again, it sounds fantastic. And if you check it out, drop me a line – I’d love to hear what you think. Cheers.
Exercise of the Week : Bulgarian Bag Rope Swings
These are great – with a Bulgarian Bag, kettlebell or anything with a bit of weight. Good fun.
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
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
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.
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.
Want to Help Out?
As you might expect, at Straight to the Bar we’re always looking for new ways to share the love of strength-training with the world. Via the main site, the weekly Gymchats, this newsletter and a whole lot more.
We’ve got a new project coming up (a couple actually), and we’re looking for someone to help out with the graphics side of things. In return we offer not only our eternal admiration, but the sincere appreciation of the entire strength-training community. And, of course, the myriad connections and opportunities that go along with that.
If you’re a designer (think illustrations more than physical products) and have more than a passing fondness for the world of strength training, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.