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 : Addressing Weaknesses in The Squat
Knees caving in? Falling forward?
- Looking At : Jan 5, 2014
Scott Andrew Bird
What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
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’re keen to do more writing in 2014 and would like to submit your own piece for Straight to the Bar, here’s how.
Video : The Samurai
Interesting combination. And yes, it’s much harder than it looks.
Gymchat 230 – World’s Strongest Disabled Man
We start the year with a truly inspiring story. And if you’re serious about strength, you’ll want to see this.
In the Gymchat this week we’ll be talking to Strength Athlete and Personal Trainer Jeff King. About strength athletics in general, and competitions such as the World’s Strongest Disabled Man.
Joining him is fellow Strength Athlete and Personal Trainer Josh Hewett. If you’ve got questions/comments for Jeff or Josh, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat (during the discussion itself). Details below.
Who : Strength Athletes and Personal Trainers Jeff King and Josh Hewett
Topic : World’s Strongest Disabled Man
When : Wednesday Jan 8, 9pm EDT (the Event page shows what time that is in your local timezone)
How : Watch the live stream, and ask questions, directly on the Event page. We’ll also post the full video shortly after the Gymchat.
See you there.
Previously : In Gymchat 229 we discussed How to Prepare for a Powerlifting Competition (with Powerlifter Ben McLaughlin and Strongman Josh Hewett). Great conversation.
If you missed the live stream (or just want to go over a particular point again), you can watch the entire video here.
Tip of the Week: How to Fix Your Shoulders
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 from Josh Hewett‘s excellent ‘Bulletproof Your Body‘ series. The ‘right‘ way to fix up your shoulders.
Over to Josh :
The pain and other problems of the forward head are sometimes referred to collectively as “Upper Crossed Syndrome“. But just because it’s called a syndrome doesn’t mean it’s a disease or structural problem you have to accept and live with. It is simply mechanical pain from poor slouching posture, and can be fixed.
Here are some exercises you can start incorporating on a daily basis (or whenever you have time). I also suggest you use some of them as a warm up before your upper body workouts:
Checking Out : HyperWear Weight Vests
A friend of mine is currently considering a weighted vest of some sort, most likely something similar to the one pictured. If you’re in the same boat, you’ll be very pleased to hear that the HyperWear ones are currently on sale : just enter the code HYPERJAN at checkout, and get a tidy 10% off orders over $100.
Quick update on the Hip Thruster we mentioned recently – fantastic thing.
Rather than trying to explain how it works, here it is in action :
Good stuff Bret, looks great.
Exercise of the Week : Mop Head Pull-ups
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.
If you’ve been training for a while, gradually cleaning up your diet, no doubt you’ve experienced the amazing power of transformation. It’s a tremendous feeling.
If you’re ready to give someone else a hand to transform their own lives – through education, sharing equipment, financial help – take a look at the full list of organisations on the Giving page. Cheers.