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Scott Andrew Bird
- Looking At : Jul 23, 2023
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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 : Should Humans Consume Dairy? (Institute of Human Anatomy)
There’s been no shortage of pro-dairy and ‘avoid dairy at all costs’ dietary advice given over the years. What actually happens to the body when it’s consumed?
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 231 we discussed Fat Loss 101 with Online Fitness Coach Vic Magary and 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 : Wearbuds Watch 2 (Smartwatch With Earbuds)
The Wearbuds Watch 2 is the latest incarnation of the Wearbuds Smartwatch; a fitness-centric watch with space for a pair of earbuds. Unusual pairing.
As for the various health and fitness features, everything you’d expect. The video below will show you what I mean :
The Wearbuds Watch 2.
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: Try a Caffeine Nap
I initially wrote this back in 2006 during a brief period without coffee (I tried giving it up, but ultimately switched to the current ‘one cup per day’ routine), and it’s still a very intriguing idea. Although I take the occasional nap and get a regular caffeine fix, I rarely combine the two.
For a start, they take place at different times of the day.
I’m curious though – has anyone here sampled a Caffeine Nap? I’d love to hear your thoughts; particularly if it’s a regular thing.
From the article ‘Caffeine Napping‘ :
Sleep researchers at Loughborough University were looking at various ways to keep motorists awake on long journeys. The winner – perhaps somewhat surprisingly – was the ‘caffeine nap‘.
The idea is simple : drink a cup of coffee and immediately take a brief (15-20min) nap. This helps clear the body of adenosine, a chemical commonly believed to make you drowsy.
Very interesting indeed.
ExerciseFeat Of The Week : Bicycle Speed Record Attempt
This weekend in Casa Grande, Arizona, freelance writer Bryan Ball will be just one of many people using a Nissan Motors test track to take a shot at breaking a bicycle-powered land speed record. Ball will be riding the incredible-looking Varna Orpheus (pictured), and targeting the low-altitude record of 62.3mph. The high altitude record – which will undoubtedly be the subject of an attempt next year – is a staggering 81mph.
That’s 81mph on a bicycle. Wow.
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 : ‘Neuroplasticity (From The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series) (by Moheb Costandi)
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.
Neuroplasticity is a glimpse at a fascinating area – the brain’s ability to change over time.
There’s also a list of our all-time fitness suggestions over there. Dive on in.