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 :
- A Critical Analysis: Reaction Ball
Justin takes a look at the most common reaction ball on the market (the Nike SPARQ eyeReact Ball) – how it works, and how it can help your training.
- Straight to the Bar Flickr Group
I love photography (pics here from the New Zealand trip), and there have been several great photos posted here recently (you’ll see some of them in the sidebar), notably by Roy Scott, Zach Wheeler, Davie Easton and Wild Kiwi. If you haven’t already, add some of yours. Love seeing where/how everyone trains and competes.
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.
Video : 30lb Swingball
More swingball goodness. Nice one.
Gymchat 146 – Running
Although I’ve sampled a number of forms of strength-training, running isn’t one of them. Yet.
This week we’re taking a look at this enigmatic activity, and finding out just what I’m missing out on. How to train for it and how it helps with other forms of
your training (and overall condition).
Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than Body by Long‘s Bill Long. Fantastic.
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Running
When : Wed Nov 23, 9pm EDT (1am UTC)
How : Post a comment, question or reply
If you’ve never been to one of these discussions 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 calendar.
See you there.
Quick update on last week’s gymchat : Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the discussion on Training at Home. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, here’s the transcript. Was a great one.
Tip of the Week: Setting a Gripper
Each week we publish a number of tips and techniques via twitter, Google+, the forums, the blog; and now the newsletter. Wherever you are, there’s always a way to improve what you’re doing.
This tip comes to us from the incredible Jedd ‘Napalm‘ Johnson, and takes the form of a superb video. Enjoy.
Incidentally, if you want to learn more techniques like this, check out Jedd’s own The Grip Authority.
Reading : Hot at Home
There’s some great reading here.
Jackie Burgmann‘s Hot at Home covers several of the topics we discussed in last week’s Gymchat (here’s the transcript), in a whole lot more detail. I’ll post up a full review shortly, but suffice to say, this is well worth checking out.
Quick update on the StrongerGrip Loadable Club Set we noted a while ago : I had a great discussion recently on club workouts for beginners. Great way to train.
When it came to the equipment part of the discussion, we both agreed on the loadable clubs from StrongerGrip. 3lb empty and around 8lb loaded up. Beautiful things.
Exercise of the Week : Dinnie Stone Training
The Dinnie Stones are certainly a superb test of strength. Well known, and a little unusual.
No matter where you are in the world though, you probably want to do some training before you see the real things. The video below shows exactly that – a pair of Dinnie Handles (Lifting Rings), two stacks of plates and a little technique. 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.
Free Straight to the Bar eBooks
As a Strength & Fitness Newsletter subscriber you get several great eBooks, absolutely free. Just head over here, save them to your hard-drive, and dive in.
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.
Time for Some New Gear? Here’s What to Get, and How to Use It
Thanks to everyone who’s sent in feedback (via email, Facebook and Twitter) about the Straight to the Bar Guides – it’s greatly appreciated.
For everyone who hasn’t seen them yet, the Guides will help you decide what to get (and where), and how to train with it. There’s some great information in there.