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 :
- Grip-Focused Training
Love your grip work? Same here.
- 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‘ button beneath each post). Cheers.
Video : Weight-Over-Bar Record
42lb over an 18′ bar? Love it.
Twitterchat 106 – Biphasic Sleep
When it comes to recovery, there’s nothing quite like a good dose of shut-eye. Love it.
This week we’re discussing my favourite form of this strange beast, the idea of Biphasic Sleeping. Everything from the ‘how to‘ to the benefits of sleeping twice each day. And in particular – how it can assist your training.
Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than the astonishingly creative Adam Stoffa (@SEEAdamTrain).
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Biphasic Sleep
When : Wed Feb 23, 9pm EDT (1am UTC)
How : Include #sbgym in your tweets.
If you’ve never been to one of these twitterchats before, here’s how to join in the fun. Simple, quick to set up and free.
And 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 Nail Bending. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, here’s a brief summary. Was a great one.
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I love the AtLarge offerings, particularly things like BCAA+ (Branched Chain Amino Acids). Top-quality gear.
If you’ve never tried BCAA, the benefits are simple : improvements in strength, recovery times and a distinct reduction in the soreness you get after a heavy session. For details on exactly how this works, swing by the AtLarge site.
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AtLarge BCAA+. Fantastic gear.
Looking Forward To : Home Made Strength II
As Jedd announced recently, Home Made Strength II is on the way. Looks superb.
I’m a long-time fan of DIY Strength-Training Equipment (I built a wrist roller shortly after I began training); it’s a fantastic way to test out a new training tool or technique without breaking the bank. It also enables you to customise the equipment and try out your own ideas for new ways to train.
The first Home Made Strength DVD included a range of projects, covering the entire body in one form or another. Home Made Strength II concentrates on my favourite form of home-made equipment – tools for the hands and forearms.
If you’re similarly obsessed with your grip and wrist work, Home Made Strength II is definitely for you. An incredible collection of extremely creative hand & forearm tools. Fantastic.
Exercise of the Week : ‘U-GO‘ Rope Pull
As you can see, there are many, many things you can do with the U-GO handles. This is one of my favourites.
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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NB : This is an ever-changing list of books. If you’d like to put your own work in front of a fantastic strength-focussed audience, let me know.