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 : Front Lever Progressions

Love your chin-ups? How about the Front Lever.
Good fun.


Gymchat 195 – Fitness Over 40 (with Kevin Redman)

Kevin Redman

Kevin Redman

How does strength-training change when you’re a little older? What do you start doing, stop doing or just do in a slightly different way?
This week we’re going to be discussing the many forms of ‘Fitness Over 40‘; everything from serious gym sessions to simply staying active. Helping us tackle this one is Corporate Trainer Kevin Redman, Personal Trainer Kirk Fontaine and you. Should be a great one.
NB : If you’re joining us on the Hangout (and sharing opinions, asking questions etc) be sure to get there a little early – only 8 spots are available. Cheers.


Who : Corporate Trainer Kevin Redman, Personal Trainer Kirk Fontaine and you.
Topic : Fitness Over 40
When : Wednesday Jan 9, 9pm EST
How : Google+ Hangout. If you’ve never been to one, here’s how to take part.
URL : https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ca7hjv1svnr2g47c5kfdqm1qlvg?cfem=1
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 send us a message privately here, or swing by our Community site on Google+. Look forward to hearing from you.

Tip of the Week: Constructing the Inner Shell

Each week we publish a number of tips and techniques via Twitter, Google+, 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 Derek‘s superb article How to Build Your Own Sandbag; and looks at a simple way to build the sandbag’s inner shell.


Over to Derek :

Inner Shells

Inner Shells.

Inner linings can be made out of contractor bags. Contractor bags are thicker than garbage bags and are used on construction sites for waste disposal. They come in various sizes, from 30 to 55 gallons, so find a size that works for your project. I used four 42-gallon contractor bags. I doubled-bagged the sacks and filled each with roughly 15lb of sand. Then I rolled each into neat little parcel and used packing tape to keep everything from exploding all over my rug.


One Inside the Other

One Inside the Other.

Leave room for the sand (or stones or shot) to move around inside your inner linings. About 3/4 full is good. The final product should shift and move as you use it. This is what makes sandbag training unique.



Good stuff.

Checking Out : The Precision Nutrition Fat Loss Crash Course

Remember this?
We first noted this one last year, and it’s equally powerful now. If one of your dietary goals is to shed a bit of excess fat, but you’re not quite sure what to do/where to start, have a look at the Precision Nutrition Fat Loss Crash Course. Absolutely free.


This 5-day course goes through the basics of fat loss – no matter what your starting point is. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds or a few hundred – without severely compromising your strength in the process – the Precision Nutrition Fat Loss Crash Course is the perfect place to start.
There are two versions (one for men, one for women), and you’ll find the details here :

Fantastic information.


Quick update on the Renaissance Fitness Supplement Kits we mentioned recently – superb idea.
As we noted, we’ll be reviewing these just as soon as they’re available. And if you missed the announcement, here’s a brief video to explain the basic idea :

For more information, head on over to the official site – http://renaissancefitness.wordpress.com.

Exercise of the Week : The Stand Press




The Stand Press – like a Floor Press on a bench. Very interesting idea.


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.
Enjoy.

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.

Want to Help Out?

Shout!

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.