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 : Visualisation
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See it before you lift it.
- Looking At : Sep 22, 2013
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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.
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Video : 1,325 reps 16kg Kettlebell Snatch (1 set)
Nice one Rob.
Gymchat 214 – How to Create an Effective Supplement Stack (with Paul Teixeira)
It’s fair to say that my diet’s changed an enormous amount over the years. As has my thinking on supplementation.
If you’re wondering what you should be taking, when and – perhaps most importantly – how to put them together in a way that will actually help you reach your goals – then make sure you join us for this one. Bodybuilder Paul Teixeira talks to Strongman & Personal Trainer Josh Hewett. Details below.
Who : Bodybuilder Paul Teixeira and Strongman & Personal Trainer Josh Hewett
Topic : How to Create an Effective Supplement Stack
When : Wednesday Sep 25, 9pm EST
How : Watch the live stream over on the main site. We’ll also post the full video shortly after the Gymchat.
See you there.
Previously : Last week we held Gymchat 213, a roundtable discussion looking at How to get BIGGER and STRONGER. Great discussion.
On the panel were Josh Hewett, Suneet Sebastian, Louis Farone, Paul Marsland and Jason Paris. If you missed the live stream (or just want to go over a particular point again), you can watch the entire video here.
Coming Up : In upcoming Gymchats we’ll be talking to Zach Even-Esh, Mike ‘The Machine’ Bruce, Al Kavadlo and many, many others. Full details in the in the Strength & Fitness Newsletter.
And if you’d like to suggest a topic for a future discussion – or volunteer to be interviewed on the show – just drop us a line. Cheers.
Tip of the Week: The Stages of Workout Nutrition
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 is a brief look at the major stages of workout nutrition, and their goals. A bit of fine-tuning here can go a long way indeed.
Any meal can contribute to a workout (glycogen replenishment mostly), but generally workout nutrition is broken into three segments. The pre-workout, the intra-workout (optional dependent on goals), and the post-workout.
Pre-workout is literally just a meal you eat before you hit the gym. It holds more importance than other meals (say, breakfast if you train in the PM) since the nutrients you ingest at this meal will still be floating around in your blood when it comes time for a workout.
Intra-workout is typically something you bring to the gym to sip on, and where stuff typically gets all fancy with supplementation and is the area most people like to talk about. (This includes post-workout shakes consumed immediately after training)
Post-workout is when you get home and make a nice meal. There are typically higher rates of muscular metabolism and generally more metabolic direction to muscle and away from fat mass (compared to other meals). So nutrients post workout tend to be put to better fates than other meals.
Looking Forward To : Lift the Blob
This sounds superb.
We’ll post full details during the week, but suffice to say that if grip’s your thing, this is one you’ll want. A guide on lifting this challenging beast, written by none other than ‘Napalm‘ Jedd Johnson.
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 : Weighted Rope Climbing
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.
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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.