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 :
- Blast from the Past : The Forgotten Lifts III
Scott Andrew Bird
Love using exercises that have other gymgoers scratching their heads? Here’s another gathering of ‘Forgotten Lifts‘ to add to your arsenal.
- Floral Apron Adventures
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.
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Video : Self Defense – Falling into a Wall
How do you absorb the shock and defend yourself when thrown against a wall? Like this.
DIY : Strongman Yoke
Looking for an inexpensive way to knock up a yoke? Take a look at this.
Whether you’re challenging your friends or just getting in to serious competition, a spot of Armwrestling is superb.
This week we’re taking a look at this wonderful sport, with the absolute beginner in mind – specifically the Training side of the fence. Everything from the techniques and psychology to the many facets of hand, wrist and forearm work. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than StrongerWrist‘s, Scott LaTella (@strongerwrist). Fantastic.
NB : If you’ve been following Scott’s work for any length of time, no doubt you’re familiar with the wristball (brilliant thing). As a thankyou to participants in this discussion, Scott is donating a wristball to one of the questioner/commenters at random. Just use the #sbgym hashtag during the discussion.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Training for Armwrestling
When : Wed Sep 1, 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 : Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the discussion on Setting Up The Home Gym. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are you looking to gain a little weight, whether for a competition, or performance in the gym? How?
Checking Out : Wrestle and Win
Wrestle and Win: The Wrestler’s Guide to Strength, Conditioning, Nutrition and College Preparation is Steve Kimpel’s new book; arriving on Sep 23rd. A very interesting gathering of information.
A brief description from Amazon :
‘Wrestle and Win: The Wrestler’s Guide to Strength, Conditioning, Nutrition and College Preparation is your guide to success in high school and college wrestling. Every wrestler has a daily mat practice, but great wrestlers know that it’s what you do outside of practice that gives you the edge. This book is a comprehensive guide to the in-season and off-season training habits necessary to succeed at the state or national level. First, find out exactly what kind of strength training and conditioning you should be doing, including how to get the most out of your time in the weight room and what type of workouts to do during the off-season. Then get the facts on eating right, making weight and evaluating supplements. Finally, learn how to successfully make the transition from high school to college wrestling, including an inside view of the recruiting process and a step-by-step plan for getting recognized by college coaches.’
Exercise of the Week : Fingertip Pushups
I love these. Nice and challenging.
To see exactly what I mean by Fingertip Pushups, check out the video below. The incredible Jack LaLanne.