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What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
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Video : Compound Vs Isolation Exercises (Ryan Humiston)
I was chatting with someone recently about ‘compound vs isolation‘ exercises, and he pointed me to the above video. Interesting approach. Curious : what’s your own preference? If you’re doing some of each, which ones typically go first in your workouts?
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 and Diabetes Warrior‘s Steve Cooksey. 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 : ElecSuit (EMS Suit For Workouts & VR Gaming)Very interesting combination. The ElecSuit is a near-full-body workout suit (the video shows you exactly how near) with built-in EMS devices, for use in your training/recovery or with a spot of VR Gaming. Intriguing. A partner app not only makes it possible to train & customise the suit, it provides access to a variety of workouts and VR Games. Hopefully this will connect to third-party offerings at some point (I’d love to be able to add my own). In the meantime, a little video :
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 : Why Warm Up?Each 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 comes to us from Kirk Fontaine, and is a snippet from the discussion Stretching & Warming Up. Was a great one.
In response to a couple of questions on ‘Why Warm Up?‘ :
Warming up will :
- Increase your heart rate to give you increased blood flow around the body to the muscles
- Improve oxygen delivery to the muscles
- Stimulate faster muscle contraction
- Improve the joints’ ability to endure stress.