On the Forums
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, head over to the forums :
- The Human Flag
Al takes a look at a another great exercise – the Human Flag. Good fun.
- 635lb Deadlift at 196lb Bodyweight
Mike ‘The Machine‘ Bruce
The deadlift PRs keep on coming. Nice one Mike.
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Video – Traveling Push Up
Another great push-up variety – the Traveling Push Up.
Deal of the Week : Powerclubs
I love club training.
During the week I got a couple of emails from people asking where to get clubs in the UK; the short answer, London Kettlebells. Perfect.
Incidentally, no matter where you are in the world, there’s a good chance that you’re not too far from a supplier of these wonderful tools. Here are several others that I’ve used over the years, as well as those that come highly recommended by trainers I’ve worked with.
Twitterchat 58 – Making Your Own : Combat Training Equipment : Building your own gym equipment is a fantastic way to kickstart the home gym, no matter what your training goals are. What’s more, it’s an inexpensive way to get a taste of the many options available.
This week we’re diving into the world of DIY Combat Training Equipment – everything from medicine balls and sandbags to clubs, rings and push-up boards. There are hundreds of superb home-made tools just waiting to be constructed.
Helping us to navigate this fascinating area is Keith Johnson – better known as (@Ogedei). Fantastic.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Making Your Own : Combat Training Equipment
When : Wed Mar 24, 9pm EST (1am UTC)
How : include #sbgym in your tweets (here’s how)
To see when it’s on in your timezone, head over to the twitterchat calendar.
See you there.
Got an event that you’d like to add? Let me know.
Reading : The Bending eBook
This is a fantastic book.
Although it came out more than 3 years ago now, I still refer to this book regularly (the review will help explain why). And what’s more, the latest version contains a host of updates which will certainly help take your bending up a notch.
Filled with detailed information on the materials and techniques you’ll need, this is an incredible resource. If you’re just getting serious about short steel bending, you need this book.
Exercise of the Week : Renegade Row
The Renegade Row is a fantastic exercise.
Named after Coach John ‘The Renegade‘ Davies, it’s a controlled lift with each arm (independently) from a near-push-up position. As with many exercises, the simplest way to learn it is to see a bit of video, and try it out for yourself.
Here’s the kettlebell version of the humble Renegade Row. Good fun.
NB : the weights being lifted can be in the form of kettlebells, dumbbells or anything else that’s close to hand. Experiment.