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 :
- How I Started in Weight Training and Bodybuilding
‘Captain‘ Kirk Fontaine
Following the gathering of user histories we posted recently is this inspiring story from the incredible Kirk Fontaine. Great read.
- I Just Don’t Have the Genetics
If you think that your genetics plays a big part in your training potential, think again. Maik explains.
Over to you. I’d love to hear what you think : leave your comments on the above articles, and share them with your friends/colleagues/clients and so on.
NB : If you’d like to submit your own piece for Straight to the Bar, here’s how.
Video : Chest Shoulder Opening with the Zenkahuna & a Rope
Gymchat 154 – Make It Yourself (DIY Equipment II)
Over the years we’ve discussed a lot of home-made equipment. Absolutely love it.
There are many reasons to opt for the ‘build vs buy‘ route, at least initially; particularly when you’re short on cash or just trying things out. This week we’ll be looking at the equipment itself : the types of things you can make, common techniques, the basic gear you’ll find yourself using all the time and where to get it. And if you’re in the middle of your own DIY Equipment project, we’d love to hear about it.
Whatever your training is like, if there’s a piece or two of home-made gear involved, we’d love to have you along. Join us for Gymchat 154 – Make It Yourself (DIY Equipment II). Fantastic.
Who : Strength Training Fans
Topic : Make It Yourself (DIY Equipment II)
When : Wed Feb 1, 9pm EDT (1am UTC)
How : Post a comment, question or reply
Where : https://plus.google.com/u/0/113406428532094481598/posts/WTzMV38rtdz
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 Cycled Bulking. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, here’s
Tip of the Week: Checking Your Squat Depth
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 a thread on the VirtualMeet Forums, looking at a device called the Safety Squat. Very interesting idea.
Over to James Chochlinski :
The safety squat arrived yesterday. No instruction manual, just a picture. Tried some squats with it using just the bar. Seems to work similarly to the youtube video sensor. Placement just above the knee requires deeper squat to trigger the sensor; Not as deep when placed higher up on the thigh. It’s just a level sensor, so the difference is due to the shape of my thigh. Happy with the safety squat so far.
James was also kind enough to share some video of the device in action :
The obvious use is for powerlifters when training for a meet. However, on Google+, Raymond Ho shared an alternative way to put it to work :
The idea is actually good. I see people when they start loading up the bar (which is too heavy for them) they start to get higher out of the holes until it looks more like a partial rep. and if you squat by yourself then it stops you from cheating.
I’m curious : has anyone here used a device like this, and what are your thoughts on the idea?
Checking Out : Tickle Me Gripmo
I’ve been using a kettlebell for this sort of thing, but I’m seriously considering switching to something like this. The StrongerGrip ‘Tickle Me Gripmo‘.
A bit of video :
Quick update on the superb Crush! DVD we noted a few weeks ago : fantastic.
Bill‘s posted a brief review here, but suffice to say that Jedd ‘Napalm‘ Johnson‘s latest DVD is absolutely perfect. If you’re ready to take your gripper work seriously, grab a copy of Crush!.
Exercise of the Week : Wheelbarrow Plyo Pushups
These are fantastic – and as exhausting as they look. Wheelbarrow Plyo Pushups.
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
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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.
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.