- Gem From The Vault : Starting Your Fitness Journey – 10 Things to Consider
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A few things that can make a huge difference.
- Looking At : Aug 1, 2021
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What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
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NB : If you’re keen to do a little fitness writing and would like to submit your own piece for Straight to the Bar, get in touch.
Video : What The NMN Aerobic Human Trial Showed Us (LifeXtenShow)
A brief look at the use of NMN by endurance runners. Interesting trial.
Gymchat 278 – TBAWe’re still finalising the details for this week’s discussion. I’ll post them on the blog (and Twitter, Facebook etc) shortly. In the meantime, take a look at some of the previous episodes of the show – (there’s an example below, and 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.
Brian Tabor and Josh Hewett. Great conversation.
If you missed the live stream (or just want to go over a particular point again), you’ll find the entire video here. NB : if you’d like to take part in a future episode – either as an interviewee, or as a guest host – just drop us a line. Love hearing how everyone else trains.
Ever Tried Kettlebells?
If you've seen people using them but never taken the plunge yourself, here are the ones I use personally. You can also pick up a book/DVD/course if you want to learn how to put them to work.
Checking Out : Eye Mask by Ostrichpillow (3D-Ergonomic Eye Mask)If the podcast series ‘‘Sleeping With David Baddiel’‘ got you looking at the world of sleep tech a little more closely (and it’s a huge area – dive in), you may wish to consider something like the Ostrichpillow Eye Mask. Nice and simple. A little video :
Although it’s on my list of ‘things to try as soon as it’s available‘, it doesn’t ship until October. The Eye Mask by Ostrichpillow.
Tip of the Week : Dynamic Thumb Training with the Titan’s Telegraph KeyEach week we publish a number of tips and techniques via Twitter, the blog; and the newsletter. Wherever you are, there’s always a way to improve what you’re doing.
From the article Getting the Most out of Your TTK :
Thumb training can be broken up into at least four different types: Dynamic, Static, and Extensor, and Multi-Planar. The focus of this article will be Dynamic thumb training with the Titan’s Telegraph Key, or TTK.
One way to mix things up a bit is to make the Range of Motion longer by adding something underneath the finger-side handle. A catalog is a perfect choice for this. This makes the hand work through a longer range of motion the muscles are not used to. The first time I did this, I was sore for several days from the new stimulus. This technique has worked great for me in my quest for lifting heavier and wider block weights.A brief demonstration :
Unlock Your Hips, Unlock Your Squat
I get a lot of questions regarding the impact of ‘unlocking your hips‘ on heavy squatting. Rick Kaselj goes into it in plenty of detail in the ‘Unlock Your Hip Flexors‘ program; and I’ve also posted a brief video below which demonstrates/explains some of the exercises.
Both (working with Ryan, and Rick’s program) are highly recommended. And as always, we love hearing your feedback – if you sample any of the above exercises or the ‘Unlock Your Hip Flexors‘ program, we’d love to hear about it.
Exercise Feat of the Week : 178lb Curl
I rarely give direct bicep curls much of a thought (they get a solid workout in many other ways), but this is impressive. 178lb (81kg).
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.