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 :
- Evolution of Sandbag Training
This is a fantastic series (part I, II) on both the ‘why‘ and ‘how‘ of sandbag training.
- Summer Freak Program – Arms
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 : Mason Doherty – Pull-up Variations
Love pull-ups – on a bar, tree branch, wall – whatever’s available. Mason Doherty demonstrates several variations of this great exercise.
Deal of the Week : %20 Discount on StrongerGrip Monster Sledge
I love hammer work.
Adam Glass first put me on to the StrongerGrip grip tools a couple of years ago now (cheers Adam), and it’s abundantly clear that they’re built by someone who actually trains with them. Not only are they exceedingly tough (virtually indestructible, really); they feel ‘right‘ when you’re training with them.
When Ryan created the larger, loadable line of sledgehammers – particularly the Monster Sledge – I can’t tell you how excited I was. Whether you use it for strength or conditioning work, if you enjoy a solid dose of hammer work, the Monster Sledge is ideal.
Up to 50lb of shot-loading sledgehammer goodness. Perfect.
NB : want to save some cash? How does a 20% discount sound?
When you’re grabbing your Monster Sledge, enter the coupon code ‘STTBMS‘ at checkout. The first 15 purchasers will receive a tasty %20 discount.
Twitterchat 69 – Managing Training Complexity
A couple of questions for all the coaches and trainers out there – what type of information do you provide to new clients, and in what form? How do you tackle the subtle variations between requirements?
This week we’re taking a look at the many approaches to Managing Training Complexity, from both the trainer’s and client’s point of view. Addressing the needs of everyone involved in the most efficient way possible.
Helping us navigate this fascinating area is none other than SEE‘s Adam Stoffa, a man who defines both inspiration and creativity. Fantastic.
NB : As I’ll be on-the-road (doing a little family history research) during the discussion, I’ve arranged a guest moderator for this one. Get ready for the enigmatic Fight Geek (@thefightgeek).
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Managing Training Complexity
When : Wed Jun 9, 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 Fitness & Health Gadgets there have been several new devices and services noted; particularly iPhone and iPad applications.
With so many fantastic apps appearing all the time, I’d love to know – which is your favourite?
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.
Getting Ready For : The Flexible Periodization Method
As I mentioned briefly above, I’ll be on-the-road for the next couple of weeks; and am taking several training-related books to keep me off the streets at night.
One of these is Karsten Jensen‘s new one – The Flexible Periodization Method – which looks fantastic. Full review in a fortnight or so.
Exercise of the Week : Sledgehammer Vertical Tyre Slam
Looking for a few ways to put your sledgehammer to work? Here’s a great one – the Vertical Tyre (or Tire) Slam. Good fun.