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 :
- Gem From the Vault : Fix Your Body with a Foam Roller – The Basics
What exactly do you do with a foam roller? This.
- Looking At : Sep 23, 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 : Separating and Linking Resistance Bands
Very interesting indeed. Over to Dave.
Gymchat 186 – Metabolic Typing (with Stephen Duncan)
This week we’ll be discussing Metabolic Typing, Allergy Testing and a whole lot more. No matter what your views are on these, join Kirk Fontaine and Stephen Duncan and fire in a question or three. See you there.
NB : if this is your first Gymchat, welcome. Just head over to the URL noted below, and join the hangout. We’ll be starting at 9pm EST on Wednesday.
Who Balanced Fitness‘ Stephen Duncan
Topic : Metabolic Typing
When : Wed Sep 26, 9pm EST (here’s how to find out when that is in your timezone)
How : Google+ Hangout. Follow either Kirk or Scott for details on the live feed.
See you there.
Quick update on last week’s gymchat : Thanks once again to Kirk, Chas and everyone else who joined us for the discussion : Training for Marathons & Triathlons. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, you can grab the full video here. And to see future videos as soon as they’re posted, just click ‘Subscribe‘ at the top of that page. Welcome.
Tip of the Week: The Benefits of Getting Your Shoes Fitted (Rather Than Fitting Them Yourself)
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.
There were a number of great points raised in the last Gymchat, including this suggestion from Chas. There are real benefits to having your shoes fitted, rather than simply picking the ones you think will work well.
Checking Out : Upgraded Chef – 12 Core Recipes to Supercharge Your Body & Brain
This looks great.
I’ve been intrigued by Dave’s work for a while now (he’s at bulletproofexec.com if you’d like to check it out), and am really keen to dive in to this one. The latest incarnation of the Upgraded Chef ebook.
The book outlines his own philosphy when it comes to nutrition. The reviews on Amazon describe it well; here’s a sample :
This book is meant for people who want to learn to cook with less toxins in less time and to eat a Bulletproof (or better-than-paleo) diet. It is not a self-upgrade manual; it’s a cookbook for people who want to use healthy cooking techniques to upgrade the way their body works.
Quick update on the StrongerGrip Modular Grip System (MGS) we mentioned recently – absolutely fantastic.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video. Warning : you will want one.
Exercise of the Week : Treadmill Abdominal Work
What do you get when you mix a treadmill with a PowerWheel? This.
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.
Want to Help Out?
As you might expect, at Straight to the Bar we’re always looking for new ways to share the love of strength-training with the world. Via the main site, the weekly Gymchats, this newsletter and a whole lot more.
We’ve got a new project coming up (a couple actually), and we’re looking for someone to help out with the graphics side of things. In return we offer not only our eternal admiration, but the sincere appreciation of the entire strength-training community. And, of course, the myriad connections and opportunities that go along with that.
If you’re a designer (think illustrations more than physical products) and have more than a passing fondness for the world of strength training, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.