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What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
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Video : Why Strength Endurance is Crucial for Performance (The Bioneer)
Very interesting idea – definitely one to consider making use of in your training. Personally, I favour both the drop-set approach he discusses, as well as a spot of bodyweight work.
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.
Kirk Fontaine. 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 : Quad Ultra Hand Grips by Velites (Quad Hand Grips)These look great. The Velites Quad Ultra Hand Grips are simply hand grips for hooking on to a bar – think barbell, kettlebell or chinning bar. If you’re unacquainted, the video below will show them in action. As they take the grip out of the equation, they make a lot of high-rep work much more plausible. Think high-volume training, or kettlebell & CrossFit competitions. A little video :
The Velites Quad Ultra Hand Grips.
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 : Use Checklists in your TrainingEach 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.
The basic logic behind using a checklist is pretty straightforward. As Adam Stoffa notes in the article Checklists and Complex Problems :
An example from training might be properly warming up. Everyone knows it’s foolish to engage in physical training without warming up first, but with time pressure, competing interests, or environmental stress, this step occasionally gets skipped. The risks associated with skipping this step, are significant. Pulled muscles are a major setback to a training program. When you balance the interests involved, saving a few minutes versus suffering a major setback, the risk associated with skipping this key step is unacceptably high. Therefore, item number 1 on your checklist could be:And yes, although it looks almost laughably simple, this absolutely works. The checklist approach is very highly recommended indeed.
- Complete Warm Up Exercises