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What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
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Video : Why EVERYONE Should Lift Weights (Ryan Humiston)
Completely agree. You? NB : Bodyweight training certainly counts; I personally like doing a mix of bodyweight & resistance work. It’s really just a matter of pushing your body a little harder than usual.
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.
Steven Sashen, and Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett. Great conversation.
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.
Checking Out : Pact (Smart Massage Device)Looks great. The Pact is a smart massage device for at-home muscular recovery. First measuring your muscle conditions, then recommending an appropriate treatment. A companion smartphone app helps to further personalise things, designing a bespoke a muscle recovery plan. Perfect. To see it in action, a little video :
The Pact Smart Massager.
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.
Tip of the Week : Returning to Heavy Training – Inspecting the EquipmentEach 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. This tip is an answer to the question ‘If you’re using your old gear, how do you test things to make sure they’re still safe and working correctly?‘, directed at Vic Magary during the Heavy Training after a Break Gymchat. A great discussion.
“I think the most important thing to inspect would be the J-cups where you set the bar. Also simply taking a wrench to all of the bolts of a rack to make sure they are good and tight. Depending on the type, you may want to double check the collars. I’d think the barbell and plates would be fine even after a few years as long as they were subject to normal conditions.”