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 :
- Conor’s Corner : Shot Power in Hockey
What’s behind the perfect shot? Conor explains.
- Looking At : Dec 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 : Mark Rippetoe on Knee Wraps
This is certainly a long video (about 14min), but very, very thorough. Fantastic.
NB : if you’re looking for more insights from Mark, swing by his site at startingstrength.com and grab the book Starting Strength. Great read.
Gymchats Over The Holidays
For everyone who’s celebrating Christmas – as well as those who are not – this is certainly a wonderful time of year. Whether you’re surrounded by sunshine or snow, have a great time.
As for the Gymchats : there are simply so many people spending time with friends and family that we’ve decided to take a break for a couple of weeks, restarting in the new year (Jan 9th 2013). We’ll be posting the details here, on the blog, on Google+ and so on.
See you then.
In the meantime, here’s a playlist that Kirk put together recently which includes all of the Video Gymchats we’ve done up ’til now. If you missed any at all, this is a great way to see what they’re all about.
Tip of the Week: Re-Position your Thinking on Meal Composition
Each week we publish a number of tips and techniques via twitter, Google+, 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 Methuselah‘s great article Transitioning to a Paleo Diet; and looks at Step 4 in the transition, Re-Position your Thinking on Meal Composition.
Over to Methuselah :
You have some meat, some vegetables and some brown stuff – this was how I heard a young child describe mealtimes on a recent documentary. Clearly it depends where you are in your transition as to how much and which types of brown stuff you have with your meals. But as you start to pick off the bad guys like rice and potatoes, you need to start seeing meals as meat and vegetables only.
The challenge is then to be inventive and use variety to keep things interesting. Ever eaten a rabbit? Lamb’s hearts? Venison liver? Fresh crab? There are hundreds of types of fish. Indeed there are hundreds of varieties of vegetables too. And with the potential to throw coconut, nuts, seeds and fruit into the bargain, suddenly pasta seems a little dull – mere padding. This is how you need to think. Exciting recipes for Paleo meals abound on the internet.
Takes a little getting used to, but the results are well worth it. Good stuff.
What’s on Your Wishlist?
Throughout the year we’ve looked at a number of superb strength-training products – books, DVDs, equipment and so on. I’ve listed several favourites here.
Now it’s your turn. With the holiday season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to ask :
What’s on your own fitness wishlist?
Quick update on the Renaissance Fitness Supplement Kits we mentioned last week – superb idea.
As we noted, we’ll be reviewing these just as soon as they’re available. And if you missed the announcement, here’s a brief video to explain the basic idea :
For more information, head on over to the official site – http://renaissancefitness.wordpress.com.
Exercise of the Week : Pass Throughs
Here’s a great way to warm up the shoulders – the Pass Through. Good fun.
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.