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 :
- Five Reasons to Start Bending Nails
Jedd ‘Napalm’ Johnson
Remember the Nail Bending DVD we mentioned a few weeks ago? Absolutely superb.
- Motivation for Training
Looking forward to this week’s twitterchat (details below)? Same here.
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 SU and Twitter icons beneath each post). Cheers.
Video : Training to Set Heavy Grippers (Using Lighter Ones)
Joe, this is fantastic. Your creativity is truly amazing.
Twitterchat 99 – Motivation
What is motivation? What role does it play in your training, and how can it be improved?
This week we’re taking a look at this fascinating area from a number of angles. What it is, how to get it, and how to use it to your advantage. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than All Round Athlete‘s Dean Coulson (@DeanCoulson). Fantastic.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Motivation
When : Wed Jan 5, 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 Improving Your Client’s Success. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are your clients aware of each others’ goals? What about those of clients who’ve already achieved them?
Looking Forward To : You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises
This looks great.
Having refined his routines training various groups of Special Forces operatives, Mark Lauren has teamed up with writer Joshua Clark to create this extremely detailed work. For anyone who enjoys the challenge of the occasional bodyweight session, You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises looks like a superb read.
Comes out tomorrow.
Exercise of the Week : One-Arm Weighted Bar Hang
Although this exercise isn’t one of the most common in the world, it’s certainly one of the most unappreciated. It’s also a great way to add to your grip training.
The idea is simple : using one hand only, hang from a chinning bar (more difficult than it sounds). In the other hand, hold your choice of weight – a kettlebell, dumbbell, plate : whatever’s nearby.
For a little variation, try the alternating version shown in the video below. Or just hang for as long as you can. Good fun.
Incidentally, if you’d like to get in touch regarding this or any other aspect of strength, you can send me an email here. Look forward to hearing from you.