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What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
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Video : What We DO and DON’T Know About Vaping (Institute of Human Anatomy)
Fascinating – it’s certainly an intriguing (and rather controversial) area. This video looks at things from an ‘optimal health’ point of view.
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.
Previously : In Gymchat 224 we discussed The Future of Fitness (Roundtable) with Josh Hewett, Chas Melichar, Chris Lutz, Karsten Jensen and Nassim Jebran. Great conversation.
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 : Iris (Smart Ring)
The Iris is a wearable device in the form of a ring, automatically tracking a range of health metrics. Heartrate, sleep, temperature etc – the usual suspects.
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
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 : Snatching the Beast
Via Dustin Silveri : Snatching the beast. Superb.
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 : ‘Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity’ (by Molly Birkholm)
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.
‘Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity’ is a wonderful look at several ways to build your own resilience, notably the ‘mental toughness‘ side of things.
There’s also a list of our all-time fitness suggestions over there. Dive on in.