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 :
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Ever wondered why there are so few women in your gym? Yael has a few thoughts.
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Hard and heavy.
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Video : USAJG – Using Anything.
Here’s a quick look at just a few pieces of home-made training equipment. As you can see, you can certainly get a lot done regardless of what’s available.
DIY : Rack-Mounted Wrist Roller
One of the many great training tools discussed in the DIY Training Equipment twitterchat was @GoodyGirl77‘s rack-mounted wrist roller. Fantastic thing.
If you’re not quite sure what a rack-mounted wrist roller is all about, the video shows one in action (with an incredible 303lb, no less). And you’ll be pleased to know that they’re fairly easy to construct. Rory has detailed the process here, and this forum thread has an extra image or two.
Twitterchat 78 – Your First Strongman Competition
One of the many great topics brought up in the Incorporating Strongman Training discussion was ‘how to get started‘. Where to find the competitions, what the events are, and how to know if you’re ready to compete. Good stuff.
This week we’re taking a close look at these, and many other aspects of Your First Strongman Competition. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than The Strength Doctor, Tim Hull (@THull); who’s currently in serious training mode for an upcoming competition himself. Fantastic.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Your First Strongman Competition
When : Wed Aug 11, 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.
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.
Quick update on last week’s twitterchat : Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the discussion on DIY Training Equipment. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What would you love to make, but aren’t quite sure how? Would you happily learn skills such as welding in order to put together a solid DIY Equipment project?
Getting Ready For : Paleo Cookbook
I’ve been a fan of all kinds of food for several years now, and definitely fall into the ‘foodie‘ camp.
Switching over to a Paleo diet in May 2009 certainly didn’t diminish that at all, it just made me aware of a rather large oversight in the field of ‘Paleo foodie‘ books. Helping to correct that, Health Habits (author of Paleo Diet for the 21st Century, pictured at left).
To say I’m looking forward to it is an understatement.
Exercise of the Week : Handstand Tiger Bend
The Handstand Tiger Bend (aka the Handstand version of the Mantis Push-up).
To perform the Handstand Tiger Bend, start by kicking yourself up into a handstand. Lower yourself as if beginning a Handstand Push-up, then allow yourself to fall back onto your forearms (you’ll still be in a handstand at this point, just with your forearms completely resting on the floor).
From this position, kick your legs and lift yourself back into the original handstand position. The following video demonstrates this.
And yes, it’s as hard as it looks. Enjoy.