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 :
- Specific Method Variations for the Early Phase of a Macrocycle
An excerpt from Karsten‘s The Flexible Periodization Method. Nice one.
- Health & Fitness Research
There has been some fantastic research posted recently, both on the forums and the Facebook page. Dive in.
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.
NB : if you enjoy the articles, show the authors your appreciation by voting (using the Like, Digg and Retweet icons). Cheers.
Video : Developing the Thumb Pad for Gripper Closes
Another great idea from Mighty Joe – Developing the Thumb Pad for Gripper Closes. Good stuff.
As much as I love picking up heavy things, a key part of my fitness lifestyle is recovery. Everything from contrast showers to a good dose of shut-eye.
This week we’re taking a close look at the many, many Recovery Methods available; whether that involves nutrition, increasing blood flow or just giving your body time to get back to normal. If it works, we’ll be talking about it. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than Sports Performance Coach Bill Long (@bill_long1). Fantastic.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Recovery Methods
When : Wed Oct 13, 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 Strength Training Over 40. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. For those over 40, do you find it easier to gain strength than you used to? How about adding muscle mass?
Checking Out : Loadable Bulldog Beast
15lb empty, loadable to 150lb. This is a serious kettlebell.
Art of Strength‘s Loadable Bulldog Beast. Beautiful.
Exercise of the Week : Divebomer Push-up
I love these.
Starting in the usual push-up position, spread your legs wide and walk back a little with your hands. Your body will now be in the shape of a large inverted ‘V‘.
Move your feet apart a bit, flare your elbows out and swing your torso down and forward; keeping it as low to the ground as you can. When your hips are just above the ground, drive your head straight up (your shoulders will be above your elbows at this point) until you are looking straight ahead.
To complete the exercise, simply reverse the movement. That’s one rep.
NB : if you’re looking for even more of a challenge, try doing it on one leg (suspension trainers are great for this, or put one leg on something like a medicine ball).