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 : Using Pulse Rate to Determine Rest Break Length
Scott Andrew Bird
How long do you rest between sets?
- Looking At : Nov 23, 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 : Using a Foam Roller
Good demonstration Mike.
Gymchat 264 – TBA
We’re still finalising the details for this week’s discussion. I’ll post them on the blog (and Twitter, Google+ etc) shortly.
In the meantime, take a look at some of the previous episodes of the show – there’s a full list here. And if you’ve got any questions or comments on the various topics discussed, we’d love to hear them. Just leave a note below the video.
Coming Up : We’ve got several fantastic discussions coming up shortly – with Powerlifter Bill Piche, Strength & Conditioning Coach Matt Palfrey and many, many others. Of course, we’re always scheduling more; if you’d like to suggest either a topic or a person that should definitely be on the show, drop us a line. Cheers.
Tip of the Week: Improvements in Fitness Trained Autistic Clients
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 comes to us from Eric Chessen, and was part of the conversation on Fitness & Autism. Great discussion.
From the Fitness & Autism discussion, in response to the question :
What kind of short term and long term improvements do you see in your autistic clients once you start training them?
It depends on the individual, but it is never only physical improvement. That’s why I created the PAC Profile, because we’re never just looking at physical ability, but adaptive and cognitive abilities as well. In the short-term, I’ve had athletes begin to really enjoy movement and improve in their gross motor skills, strength, stability, and stamina.
In the long term it becomes a lifestyle, and the athletes begin to embrace movement and fitness.
Good stuff. Whether you know autistic individuals or not, it’s great to know what’s possible.
Re-Investigating : The TRX Suspension Trainer
As you might expect at this time of the year, we’ve been talking a lot lately about training when travelling. How to get the sweat flowing when you’re away from home.
Personally, I’m a big fan of suspension training – been using a TRX for years. Beautiful thing.
I’m sure that many of you have seen things like the TRX in action; or used one yourself. Just in case though, here’s a bit of video to help show what it is and how you can put it to work :
And of course, there’s Derek‘s excellent guide on getting the most out of this incredible tool : Suspension Training 101. Absolutely free.
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 : The Swearing Push-up (with stability ball and chains)
An aptly-named exercise. Give it a go, and you’ll quickly see why.
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.
New Guide : The Straight to the Bar Guide to Fat Loss
We’ve received some fantastic feedback following Vic Magary‘s Gymchats on Fat Loss, cheers. Greatly appreciated.
If fat loss is one of your own fitness goals, and you haven’t yet watched the discussions, you’ll find them all here. I’ve also added several other fat loss resources we’ve noted over the years – all of them highly recommended. Dive in.
Straight to the Bar Strength Calendar
Taking part in, helping out with or going to watch an upcoming strength competition?
Tell us about it.
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
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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.