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 : The Zercher Squat
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Unusual, challenging and extremely effective. Love it.
- Looking At : Sep 29, 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.
NB : If you’d like to submit your own piece for Straight to the Bar, here’s how.
Video : Creating an Outdoor Sledgehammer Station
Very good explanation of an outdoor sledgehammer setup. Nice one Ross.
Gymchat 215 – The Health, Fitness, & Fat Loss Benefits of GARLIC (with Kurtis Frank)
As you saw in the Gymchat last week, we talk a great deal about supplementation on Straight to the Bar. To assist with strength gains, fat loss, recovery and a whole lot more.
This time we’re taking a close look at one product in particular – garlic. When to have it in the form of food, and when to take it in pill form; mechanisms of action ( mainly hydrogen sulphide signalling ); potential benefits to body composition and of course the various research surrounding it.
Helping us uncover this fascinating topic is Examine.com’s own Kurtis Frank, joined by Strongman & Personal Trainer Josh Hewett. Details below.
Who : Nutritionist Kurtis Frank and Strongman & Personal Trainer Josh Hewett
Topic : The Health, Fitness, & Fat Loss Benefits of GARLIC
When : Wednesday Oct 2, 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 214 – How to Create an Effective Supplement Stack (with Josh Hewett and Paul Teixeira). Great discussion.
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 shortly.
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 Benefits of Getting Your Shoes Fitted (Rather Than Fitting Them Yourself)
There were a number of great points raised in Gymchat 185 – Training for Marathons & Triathlons, 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 : Deadlift Domination
This looks great.
As with Deadlift Dynamite, this is an insight into Andy Bolton‘s own deadlift training – in the form of an 8 week training plan. The premise – increasing volume for a short period, focusing exclusively on strength gains – is interesting indeed. Definitely one to check out.
Andy Bolton’s Deadlift Domination.
Quick update on the Lift the Blob book we mentioned last week – looks fantastic.
We’ll be posting full details over on the blog shortly. In the meantime, a brief video to help explain the blob’s fascinating history :
Exercise of the Week : Quadruped Draw In and Variations
Progressing through some Quadruped Draw In variations. Very interesting indeed.
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.