- Gem From The Vault : Setting Up A Home Gym
Scott Andrew Bird
Time to get started.
- Looking At : May 21, 2023
Scott Andrew Bird | follow @scottbird
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 : What You Need to Know About Protein // Muscle, Strength, Fat Loss + Endurance (Natacha Océane)
How much protein do you need for optimal performance (for various goals)? This video explains the basics.
Gymchat 278 – TBA
We’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.
Previously : In Gymchat 222 we discussed The Difference Between Exercise & Training (Why You Should TRAIN!) with Powerlifter & Strength Coach Ryan Burgess and Strongman & Personal Trainer 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 : MOTHER (Health Tracker)
The MOTHER is a health tracking bracelet, keeping tabs on your sleep, step count, calories burned, heart rate, and body surface temperature. The usual suspects.
The charging, however, is where it stands out – it’s powered entirely by your body heat and sunlight.
A spot of 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: Ice for Better Sleep
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.
Sleep is easily my favourite form of recovery. Huge fan of a well-timed nap, and the associated dietary fine-tuning. Love it.
This tip comes to us from the Gymchat on sleep as a recovery method, and is a comment by Personal Trainer Derek Peruo on how he helps his new clients get a solid dose of shut-eye. Very interesting approach.
Over to Derek :
For sleep, I usually recommend zinc and magnesium. If those don’t help, I also recommend an ice pack to the back of the neck right before bed.
The ice pack lowers core temperature and promotes the release of melatonin.
And yes, all of those things work extremely well. Good stuff.
Exercise Feat Of The Week : New World Record – Two-Hand Pinch
Via Grip Training Obsession and Napalm’s Corner : A great video showing Martin Arildsson lifting 111kg in the 2-Hand Pinch Lift at the 2007 Löddeköpinge Grip Challenge. Arildsson went on to hoist an incredible 117.5kg to break the world record.
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 : ‘Scientific American : The New Science of Healthy Aging’ (Narrated by Suzie Athens)
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.
‘Scientific American : The New Science of Healthy Aging’ dives into the field of Evolutionary Biology, and tackles the potential of human longevity from a genetic standpoint.
Incidentally, I’m always looking to add to the ‘books to read‘ list. If you’ve come across something which you’d love everyone else to check out, drop me a line.
There’s also a list of our all-time fitness suggestions over there. Dive on in.