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 :
- Josh Hanagarne’s Training Log
Z-Health, Kettlebells and Bending. A great mix.
- Rob’s Training Log
More training goodness. Hard and heavy.
Ready to add your own opinion, workout log or training article? Just head over to the Forums, Training Logs, or swing by the Article Submissions page. They’re fantastic ways to share your ideas.
NB : if you enjoy the articles, show the authors your appreciation by voting (using the Like, Digg and Retweet icons). Cheers.
Video : Underground Strength & Fitness
The Fight Geek is currently putting together a short course for Adult Education on training ‘underground style‘; here’s the Keynote presentation which accompanies part 1.
Training With : TRX Suspension Trainer
As I’m about to spend a bit of time on-the-road (doing a little family history research), I’m currently assembling a training-when-travelling kit. A kettlebell, a band or two and of course the TRX.
If you’ve never tried suspension training, here’s an overview. No matter where you are, just hook it up and go.
Twitterchat 66 – Resistance Bands : Bands are superb things, for adjusting the strength curve of various exercises or use by themselves. Love them.
This week we’re taking a look at the many, many ways to include Resistance Bands in your training – what to use, how to attach them and of course, hundreds of ways to put them to work. In the home gym, a commercial facility or on-the-road.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Resistance Bands
When : Wed May 19, 9pm EST (1am UTC)
How : include #sbgym in your tweets.
To see when it’s on in your timezone, head over to the twitterchat calendar.
See you there.
Quick update on last week’s twitterchat : Following the discussion on Kettlebell Training for Athletes there’s been a stack of information flowing on which kettlebells to use, and why.
Without wishing to start any arguments, I personally feel most comfortable using the Dragon Door ‘bells. If you’re looking to pick up a new kettlebell or two, you’ll find details of the Dragon Door products and many others listed here.
How about you – which kettlebells do you use personally, and why?
NB : If you’d like to be a guest on a future twitterchat, let me know. It’s great to hear how other people are training.
Inspiration : Images of Strength
You may have noticed that there are quite a few new photos in the ‘Images of Strength‘ collection in the Straight to the Bar sidebar. Photos of various athletes and strongmen; training, competing and performing. Good stuff.
Now it’s your turn. I’m looking for several new images to add to this area, showing the fantastic strength-training community in all aspects of training and competition. And – if you’re a professional Strongman/Strongwoman – performing.
If you’d like to strut your stuff in front of an incredible audience, just add your photos to the SttB Flickr Group. I’ll copy them directly to the Images of Strength collection.
Cheers for that. The best of these images (and by ‘best‘, I mean the ones I like the most) will appear randomly in the Images of Strength collection. It’s a great way to get in front of a fantastic strength-training community.
Reading : Active Recovery Training
I’ve added another ebook to the list given to newsletter subscribers – Ty’s Active Recovery Training.
As a thank-you to everyone who’s already here, a complimentary copy. Enjoy.
Exercise of the Week : Rafter Pull-ups
Looking for a dose of grip work with your pull-ups? Have a go at these – much, much harder than they look. Love ’em.
NB : I love chinning work, and there is an almost endless list of ways to vary this simple exercise. If you’re after a bit of variety, try the climbers‘, band-resisted and gorilla varieties (combination of chin-up and hanging knee raise). Good fun.