Strength & Fitness Newsletter

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’re keen to do more writing in 2014 and would like to submit your own piece for Straight to the Bar, here’s how.


Video : Serious Grip Strength



Good stuff.

Gymchat 242 – The Role of Genetics in Aesthetics & Performance (Bill Piche)

When it comes to physical aesthetics and performance, how much is down to ‘having good genes‘ and how much is simply a matter of working hard?


This week we’re looking closely at the role of each, and to what extent each can change or be changed. Helping us tackle this one is Powerlifter Bill Piche, joined by Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We’d love to hear your questions and comments. If there’s a particular subject you’d like Bill and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Q&A (during the discussion itself).
And if you’d like to point your friends/colleagues to the discussion, just use the ‘share‘ button at the top of that page. The more the merrier.

Details –

Who : Powerlifter Bill Piche, joined by Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett
Topic : The Role of Genetics in Aesthetics & Performance
When : Wednesday Apr 2, 8:00pm EDT (the Event page shows what time that is in your local timezone).
How : Watch the live stream, and ask questions, directly on the Event page. We’ll also post the full video shortly after the Gymchat.


See you there.

Previously : In Gymchat 241 we discussed Advanced Fat Loss – Losing the Last 10lb (with Online Fitness Coach Vic Magary and Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett). Great conversation.
If you missed the live stream (or just want to go over a particular point again), you can watch the entire video here.

Tip of the Week: Neck Bridge Progressions

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 is in the form of a video which we first saw back in 2008; I was reminded of this technique after a brief discussion of neck training over on Google+. It’s a very interesting series of neck bridge variations.


Over to Martin Rooney :


Good stuff.

Checking Out : Basic Anabolic Hypertrophy Training

Perfect.
We mentioned this one a couple of months ago, and you’ll be pleased to know that Josh is currently using it for his own hypertrophy goals – full details shortly.
In the meantime, a quick look at what BAHT is and how to get it :


Josh Hewett’s shared some fantastic information over the years – in the form of videos, articles and, well, just doing it. Good stuff.
Basic Anabolic Hypertrophy Trainingis a detailed guide to putting a little more muscle on your frame; regardless of your starting point. A summary of what works, why, and how to use it. If you’re serious about getting bigger, this is an excellent place to start.
Best of all, it’s absolutely free. Basic Anabolic Hypertrophy Training.


Quick update on the Hip Thruster we mentioned recently – fantastic thing.
Rather than trying to explain how it works, here it is in action :

Good stuff Bret, looks great.

Exercise of the Week : Sissy Squats

Over on T-Nation Ellington Darden takes a look at a great – though rarely seen these days – exercise for the quads. The Sissy Squat.


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.

New Guide : The Straight to the Bar Guide to Fat Loss

We’ve received some fantastic feedback following Vic Magary‘s Gymchats on Fat Loss, cheers. Greatly appreciated.
If fat loss is one of your own fitness goals, and you haven’t yet watched the discussions, you’ll find them all here. I’ve also added several other fat loss resources we’ve noted over the years – all of them highly recommended. Dive in.


A Daily Dose

Straight to the Bar Daily

Love this stuff? Same here. If you’re looking for a daily dose of strength-training goodness, grab the Straight to the Bar Daily.
Absolutely free.

Giving

If you’ve been training for a while, gradually cleaning up your diet, no doubt you’ve experienced the amazing power of transformation. It’s a tremendous feeling.
If you’re ready to give someone else a hand to transform their own lives – through education, sharing equipment, financial help – take a look at the full list of organisations on the Giving page. Cheers.