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 :
- Diesel Steel Bending Basics
Jedd ‘Napalm‘ Johnson
If you’ve ever seen someone bend a nail, bolt, or that wrench that should’ve been thrown away ages ago; you’ll appreciate just how impressive it can be.
Fortunately, it’s much easier to get started than you may realise. Here’s how.
- Summer Freak Program – Deload Week
The serious training continues.
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.
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Video : TredSled Sprints
Sprints on a treadmill? Yep – it’s the TredSled.
Deal of the Week : %15 Discount on Ultimate Sandbag ‘Strength‘ Package
I love sandbag training.
If you’ve ever thought about giving it a run, here’s the perfect opportunity. Head over to buyultimatesandbag.com and grab one of the Ultimate Sandbag ‘Strength‘ packages (2 x 35lb filler bags, ‘Challenge Your Core‘ DVD, ‘Rapid Results‘ Wall Map, USB t-shirt and Trainer Community Membership), and enter the coupon code ‘bar‘ at checkout. The first 20 purchasers will receive a tasty %15 discount.
Seriously, if you’ve ever though about trying a little sandbag work, this is a fantastic way to get going.
NB : The discounted kits won’t exactly be hanging around. If you’re keen to save a dollar or three, get in early.
Twitterchat 68 – Fitness and Health Gadgets
I’m fascinated by fitness and health gadgets of all descriptions – they perfectly combine my strength-training and technology passions. Superb things.
This week we’re taking a look at the many kinds of Fitness and Health Gadgets available, and how to use them in your training – for tracking your workouts, measuring bodyfat, analysing your blood and so on. Everything for keeping you performing at your peak in the gym, on the mat and during the competition. Fantastic.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Fitness and Health Gadgets
When : Wed Jun 2, 9pm EDT (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 Protein there’s been a stack of information flowing on the various protein sources (including both foods and supplements), whey vs casein (and the various mixes), milk consumption and so on.
Everyone’s different, and your overall diet and training goals play enormous roles here. For everyone that asked though, my own approach is : ‘real‘ foods the vast majority of the time (I follow a slightly modified Paleo diet) and a protein shake immediately after workouts. That combination seems to work well, in my case at least.
How about you – what’s your own approach to protein consumption?
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.
Product Review : Ultimate Warrior Workouts – Fitness Secrets of the Martial Arts
A few weeks ago I mentioned Martin Rooney’s latest offering, Ultimate Warrior Workouts. And as Fight Geek points out, it’s absolutely superb.
Exercise of the Week : Sandbag Get Up
These are superb (and much harder than they look, incidentally – give ’em a shot) – the sandbag version of the Turkish Get-up. Love ’em.