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 :
- Why Conditioning is King
Dean takes a superb look at the exact nature, purpose and goals of conditioning workouts. Brilliant.
- Floral Apron Adventures
Strongman training, leverage work and other fun things. Nice one.
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 : Deep Bottom-Up Squat
Nice one Dave.
Deal of the Week : Body by D-Rock Complete Training Package
If you’re looking for a hand in designing the perfect training program for your own needs, Derek ‘D-Rock‘ Peruo‘s Complete Training Package may be just what you’re after.
Consisting of a month’s worth of personalised, written workouts – in addition to priority access to workshops, clinics and other special events hosted by Body By D-Rock – the Complete Training Package puts you on the right track and lets you get underway.
And as a bonus for readers of this newsletter, Derek’s offering a massive 50% discount to the first 5 people to sign up.
I love grip training. Challenging, unusual and extremely inventive.
This week we’re taking a close look at Grip Training for Beginners; the equipment you’ll need, what to do with it and the many benefits of a little grip work. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than the Diesel Crew‘s, Jedd ‘Napalm‘ Johnson (@jeddjohnson), fresh from the incredible Global Grip Challenge.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Grip Training for Beginners
When : Wed Sep 8, 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 Training for Armwrestling. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you compete at all? Where?
Checking Out : The Fighter’s Mind – Inside the Mental Game
The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game looks at the things which contribute to a successful mental approach in professional fighting; regardless of the sport.
Featuring interviews with athletes as diverse as Randy Couture, Dan Gable and Tai Chi master Josh Waitzkin, The Fighter’s Mind takes a fascinating glimpse into the world of pugilistic psychology.
Exercise of the Week : Weighted Chair Lifts
When it comes to forearm work on an extremely tight budget, you really can’t go past these. Love them.
Chair lifting is one of the first strength-training exercises I can remember doing as a kid; and requires nothing more than a chair and a heavy object. I typically use weight plates, but almost anything will work fine.
To see exactly what I mean by Chair Lifting, check out the video below. Dave Wigren in action.