Yael Grauer (Yael Writes)
Time to get a little unstable.
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What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
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Video : Insane Reverse Benching With Cambered Bar (Mike O’Hearn)
Haven’t tried this particular variation before. You?
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.
Chris Smith, interviewed by Personal Trainer 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 : isoNeck Pillow (Orthopedic Pillow For Personalized Comfort)Looks great. Sleep is very much my favourite form of recovery, and this certainly fine-tunes things a bit. The isoNeck Pillow is very clearly designed with a solid dose of shut-eye in mind. Both the shape and structure have been modified in various ways, which are easier to see than to have explained. A little video :
The isoNeck Pillow.
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 : Beginner Neck-Building Program
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 the obscenely strong Mike ‘The Machine‘ Bruce, and is a snippet from his superb article Building A Neck Of Steel. Take a look.
Neck work – whether you’re a beginner, or have been training for years – doesn’t need to be that complicated. And if you’re new to the area of neck strengthening, this is a great place to start.
Over to Mike :
Following is a beginner program to help get you started from Pencil Neck to Neck of Steel.
- Neck Curls on a flat bench with weight 1-2 sets of 20-30 repetitions
- Neck Harness work [same as above]
- Side of Neck on a flat bench [same as above]
Do this every other day for the first month. Then you can increase the workload to every day you train. Or increase the weighted repetitions to 5 sets of 50 repetitions. Once you can attain 100 straight repetitions in the 3 exercises then it is time to increase the weight.