Scott Andrew Bird
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What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
Over to you. I’d love to hear what you think : leave your comments on the above articles, and share them with your friends/colleagues/clients and so on.
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 : 40 Years Of Muscle Gain Wisdom (scooby1961)
It’s fair to say that he’s learnt a few things in 40 years. This is wonderful advice.
Gymchat 278 – TBA
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.
And if you missed it the first time (or just want to go over a particular point again), check out the full video over on Josh’s Youtube channel :
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 : Nitetronic Z6 (Anti-snore Pillow)
The Nitetronic Z is an anti-snore pillow which uses a combination of sensors and air pockets to gently move the head whenever required. Each time the user snores, that is.
The video below will show you what’s on offer, though it really doesn’t look a lot different to any other pillow :
The Nitetronic Z.
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 : Holding the Bar in the Front Squat
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 is not so much ‘How to Hold the Bar in the Front Squat‘ (though the article shows no fewer than 10 ways to do just that), as much as a simple demonstration that there are often many ways to achieve the same result in strength training. If what you’re doing isn’t working (or you simply don’t enjoy it), try something else.
From the article Holding the Bar in the Front Squat :
If the Mike Boyle article on T-Nation has you considering the Front Squat, you may be mindful of just how awkward it can be to hold the bar. Like Zercher Squats, they’re often overlooked simply due to the difficulty.
There are several ways to hold the bar for the Front Squat. If one method doesn’t feel right, or your current flexibility or injury precludes it, try one of the others. It really is a great exercise.
Exercise Feat Of The Week : 25kg ‘Block Weight’ Clean
If you’ve got a few 5kg plates, some duct tape and fairly large hands; try this. Harder than it looks, but great fun.
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.
Fitness Reading/Listening For The Week : ‘Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration’ (by David Roberts)
It’ll come as no surprise that we discuss a lot of fitness-related books, courses & podcasts; on this site as well as the various networks noted in the sidebar.
‘Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration’ details Douglas Mawson’s ‘Australasian Antarctic Expedition’ of 1913. Incredible.
There’s also a list of our all-time fitness suggestions over there. Dive on in.