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 :
- 7 Years of Straight to the Bar : The Contest
Scott Andrew Bird
New gear for the home gym? Perfect.
- Strength Training Changed My Life
Strength-training certainly has a transformative effect. Here’s Joe’s own story.
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 : 260kg Squat with Strap Setup
How do you use straps when squatting? Like this.
I love vintage strength-training equipment, and this certainly qualifies. A pair of wooden-handled vintage dumbbells. Now the tricky part – identification.
Does anyone here know who used these, who sold them or perhaps who made them? Carrie (the bells’ new owner), has more pics on her Flickr page.
Take a look – they’re great things.
Twitterchat 100 – Fitness for Beginners
Pretty soon, everything settles in to a routine – but exactly where and how do you begin?
This week we’re looking at Fitness for Beginners, or just where to start. How to clean up your diet (and what is meant by a ‘clean diet’), the equipment you need, whether or not you should hire a personal trainer and much, much more.
Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than We’re Working Out‘s (@alkavadlo). Fantastic.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Fitness for Beginners
When : Wed Jan 12, 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 Motivation. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What sort of (training-related) things are you motivated by?
Checking Out : Shoulder Harness
If you enjoy your sprinting or dragging work, a good shoulder harness is essential.
There are several ways to use a harness such as this, and the video below demonstrates one of the more common : as part of a simple dragging setup. Just add a dog leash (or similar strap), a length of chain and you’re good to go. Beautiful.
Exercise of the Week : Tire (Tyre) Dragging
The other day Fight Geek pointed to an excellent article by strength coach Nick Tumminello, covering various forms of tyre work. Including several varieties of the superb Tire Drag. Good fun.
Here’s the simplest dragging variation, using nothing more than a basic DIY strap setup :
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.
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