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 :
- Floral Apron Adventures
Hard and heavy.
- Training & Loss Aversion
Superb question (particularly for coaches and trainers) – would love to hear your thoughts.
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Video : World’s Strongest Hands
There’s a stack of great video coming out of the World’s Strongest Hands grip contest; here’s a sample :
Nice work Adam.
DIY : Clubs
When it comes to home-made equipment, one of the items I get asked about the most is the humble club.
Here’s just one of the many ways to construct this wonderful training tool. The video above shows off the finished product, and details of construction are here :
DIY Gym Gear : How to Make Your Own Clubs
With so much focus on the idea of weight loss, you could be forgiven for overlooking the other side of the coin – intentionally gaining weight.
This week we’re taking a close look at Bulking, whether it’s for an upcoming competition or simply to assist things a little in the gym. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than Food and Fitness‘, Anthony Paradis (@foodnfitness). Fantastic.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Bulking
When : Wed Aug 18, 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 Your First Strongman Competition. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you ever considered competing in a Strongman competition? Which one?
Checking Out : Wild Black Jack 21
I love rope training; especially outdoors. Great fun.
This double-disc DVD not only explains the many techniques involved in using ropes as conditioning tools, it provides a couple of superb workouts; making use of the ropes by themselves, as well as with a kettlebell or two.
Exercise of the Week : Inman Mile
The Inman Mile is really just a supersized version of a Farmers Walk. And a whole lot of fun.
Although there are several variations of the Inman Mile (details here), the most common is carrying 1.5x bodyweight over a distance of 1 mile. Yes, that feels as long as it sounds.
When it comes to the form of the weight, I’ll leave it up to you to experiment with a loaded barbell, dumbbells, trap bar and so on. Here’s Derek Boyer in action (setting a world record, no less) with the suitcase implements :