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 : DIY: Home-Made Gym Equipment
Scott Andrew Bird
We’ve talked about home-made equipment a lot over the years. Here’s the first major roundup.
Incidentally, I’m always keen to see the results of your DIY labours. If you’re ready to show off one or two of your own projects that are working well, swing by the Google+ Community. See you there.
- Looking At : Jul 7, 2013
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 : Kettlebell Bear Crawls
Good stuff Brett.
Gymchat 204 – Training & Competing with Google Glass (with Chas Melichar)
Technologies such as Google Glass look set to change the way a great many things happen. When it comes to medicine, entertainment, journalism and a whole lot more.
What sorts of changes do you think are possible (and even likely) when it comes to the world of strength training? How will workouts change, and the various types of fitness-related competitions available? Discussing this intriguing area : Triathlete, Pilot and Google Glass Owner Chas Melichar; Personal Trainer Kirk Fontaine and You. Fantastic.
NB : I’m very keen to hear both Chas‘ thinking on these technologies, and yours. If you’ve got questions or opinions on things like Google Glass, join us on the Hangout. Here’s how.
Who Ultrarunner, airline captain and insanely competitive triathlete, Chas Melichar
Topic : Training & Competing with Google Glass
When : Wed Jul 10, 9pm EST (here’s how to find out when that is in your timezone)
URL : We’ll be announcing this shortly – both on the blog and on Google+ itself.
See you there.
Previously : In Gymchat 203 we talked about ‘Crossfit Principles‘, with CrossFit Level 1 Coach, Dai Manuel and Personal Trainer Kirk Fontaine. Great discussion.
If you missed the broadcast, the video is available over on Kirk’s Youtube Channel. That’s also the best place to subscribe to the videos directly, and to see previous discussions.
If you’d like to suggest a future topic, or schedule an interview for one of the upcoming discussions, you can send us a message privately here, or swing by our Community site on Google+. Look forward to hearing from you.
Tip of the Week: Atlas Stone Technique
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.
As you may have already noticed, we’re constantly adding new pages to the Guides section of this site. One of the most recent additions looks at the many ways to lift heavy stones – good fun.
To get you in the mood for a little stone work, here’s the incredible Jouko Ahola explaining (and demonstrating) one of the most popular forms – Atlas Stone lifting. Love it.
NB : In addition to the technique itself, Jouko makes an excellent point near the end of the video. He notes that in his own training the platforms are a little higher than those used in competitions, and the stones are slightly heavier. Sage advice indeed.
Re-Reading : Raising the Bar
Remember this? Superb book.
Over the weekend I found myself discussing calisthenics with a friend of mine, which resulted in two things :
1. an impromptu workout
2. a re-reading of Al Kavadlo’s superb book, Raising the Bar : The Definitive Guide to Bar Calisthenics.
If you haven’t already, check it out. Love it.
Quick update on the Renaissance Fitness Supplement Kits we mentioned recently – superb idea.
As we noted, we’ll be reviewing these shortly. 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 – renaissancefitnessinc.com.
Exercise of the Week : Sandbag Half Moon
I love sandbag training. Here’s the Sandbag Half Moon.
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.
A Daily Dose
Love this stuff? Same here. If you’re looking for a daily dose of strength-training goodness, grab the Straight to the Bar Daily.
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’ve doubtless noticed, in addition to the main site is a Community on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Wherever you are, a daily dose of strength isn’t all that far away.
To help run all of these sites, we’re on the lookout for several new Moderators. To welcome new community members, bring up new items to discuss and generally keep the conversations on track.
If you’re already spending a bit of time at any of the above sites, and would like to offer your services as a Moderator, just drop us a line below. And thanks for that, it really is appreciated.
Contact either :
Kirk Fontaine, Community Manager, Straight to the Bar
or me :
Scott Andrew Bird, Editor, Straight to the Bar
Thanks again. Look forward to hearing from you.