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 :
- Fight Fat With CLA from eVitamins
The Meat Man Cometh.
- Looking At : Aug 5, 2012
Scott Andrew Bird
We’ve been discussing some very interesting techniques, products and services recently. Here are the highlights.
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 : Advanced Frog Stand Variations Tutorial
Not convinced that bodyweight exercises can be challenging? Have a go at these.
Gymchat 181 – Training With Grippers II
We’ve talked a lot about grip training over the years – everything from DIY Grip Tools to Pinch Grip Training. Love it.
This week we’re returning to a personal favourite, the world of hand grippers. What to get, what to do and so on.
And if you’ve got any specific questions on your own gripper work, fire them in. We’ll get through as many as we can.
Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than certified Mash Monster, Strongman and Personal Trainer Matt Hunt. Fantastic.
Who : Certified Mash Monster, Strongman and Personal Trainer Matt Hunt
Topic : Training With Grippers II
When : Wed Aug 8, 9pm EDT (here’s how to find out when that is in your timezone)
How : Post a comment, question or reply
Link : https://plus.google.com/u/0/113406428532094481598/posts/W9uSMZ77asJ
For everyone who’s joining us for their first Gymchat, welcome. Just dive right in, and ask Matt any gripper-related questions you like.
See you there.
Quick update on last week’s gymchat : Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the discussion : Arm Training. 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: When Possible, Buy Meat Locally
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.
In the article Fight Fat With CLA from eVitamins, Derek noted the value of getting some quality meat in your diet. One of the key factors is to keep an eye out for things like ‘grass-fed beef‘; another is to purchase from local sources whenever possible.
Jeff Marraccini explains :
Scott, I also look for local sources. Even grass-fed meat coming from far away likely has more risk of being exposed to excessive heat, cold, or other environmental conditions. Unfortunately, it is not always possible so I have to compromise from time to time.
Checking Out : Zeo Sleep Manager Pro
I’m a big fan of the restorative powers of sleep – as a recovery method, to aid creativity and a whole lot more. It’s all good.
Accordingly, I’m intrigued by the new Zeo offering – the Zeo Sleep Manager Pro – which provides a personalised sleep quality assessment, and then offers advice on how to tweak things. Good stuff.
As you’ve no doubt worked out by now, I read a lot. Over the years we’ve noted many, many sites looking at various aspects of training and nutrition; and here’s another one to add to that list.
Derek‘s superb Renaissance Fitness Newsletter : a bi-monthly affair which covers the various tips and techniques he’s picked up over the years. A great read.
Exercise of the Week : Basic GHR Variations
Got access to a Glute Ham Developer? Great machine. Octogen demonstrates several ways to make the exercise even more challenging.
Incidentally, if you’d like to get in touch regarding this or any other aspect of strength, you can contact me here. Look forward to hearing from you.
Kettlebell Exercise Demonstrations & Tutorials
We’ve looked at a lot of kettlebell exercises and variations over the years – in the form of tips, tutorials and demonstrations.
Where do you find them all? Right here – a complete list of Kettlebell Exercise Demonstrations & Tutorials.
Free Downloads from the Strength Kit
I recently added a number of resources to the Straight to the Bar Strength Kit, and as a Strength & Fitness Newsletter subscriber you’re more than welcome to download as many of them as you like. Several great eBooks, podcasts and videos – all absolutely free.
Just head over here, save them to your hard-drive, and dive in.
NB : This is an ever-changing list. If you’d like to put your own work in front of a fantastic strength-focussed audience, let me know.