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 : Starting Your Fitness Journey – 10 Things to Consider
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Just getting started? Welcome.
- Looking At : Oct 13, 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 : Eric Lilliebridge – Deadlift Training Week 3, 370kgs (815lbs)
Nice one Eric.
Gymchat 219 – TBA
Who : TBA
Topic : TBA
When : Wednesday Oct 16, 9pm EST
How : Google+ Hangout. If you’ve never been to one, just swing by the Event page (we’ll post that shortly) and ask a question or three.
URL : We’ll be announcing this shortly – both on the blog and on Google+ itself.
Previously : Last week we held three incredible discussions – Gymchat 216, Gymchat 217 and Gymchat 218. Absolutely fantastic.
If you missed any of the live streams, you can watch the full videos over on Josh’s Youtube channel. Dive in.
Coming Up : In upcoming Gymchats we’ll be talking to 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. And if you’d like to add your comments and suggestions on the Gymchats in general, you can do that here. Cheers.
Tip of the Week : Finding a Personal Trainer
When it comes to getting a fitness professional who’s going to help you clarify and reach your goals, finding one is half the battle. Offering a couple of suggestions in that area is Total Transformation’s John Kaiser, who’s had more than a little experience himself.
Nice one. Over to John.
From the article Eliminating the Lug Nuts: How to Find a Good Trainer, a few thoughts :
Get the Digits. Step one, ask your trainer for references that you can contact. Step two, contact those references. It is amazing how many people miss step two–apparently asking for references only as a bluff. When you call the list of references, ask about their results. Where did they start and how far has he taken them? Did their hard work combined with his training know-how pay off? Has he been reliable and professional?
Good trainers get results; lug nuts only get your money.
One Size Fits All. Is the nutrition/training sheet your trainer gives you just a black and white copy–the same one he hands out to all his clients? Or does she/he give you a personalized workout and nutrition plan? You are paying for a personalized approach, so make sure you get it!
Good Trainers Personalize, Bad Trainers Xerox
Can’t we All Just get Along? There is nothing worse than putting down several hundred dollars on a personal trainer only to find that the two of you can’t get along. So pay for a few individual sessions (even if it costs a bit more). This will give you an opportunity to get to know the trainer, see how he runs his shop, and strike up a rapport. You aren’t auditioning him/her for the role of best friend, but you should expect a certain level of professionalism.
A good trainer is always professional
Looking Forward To : ‘Strongman‘ on DVD
Remember the film ‘Strongman‘? A fascinating look at Stanley ‘Stanless Steel‘ Pleskun – a truly amazing guy.
It’s about to hit the shelves in the form of a DVD, and Digital Download (on iTunes, Amazon Instant and Vudu). Really looking forward to checking it out once again.
Quick update on the Lift the Blob package we mentioned recently – fantastic collection.
I’d love to hear how you go with it; when it comes to tackling this challenging feat you really can’t go past Lift the Blob. Superb.
Exercise of the Week : Heavy Barbell Shrugs
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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Just head over here, save them to your hard-drive, and dive in.
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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.