- Gem From The Vault : Specific Training for the Transverse Abdominis: Belt It In
Kat ‘The Mighty Kat’ Ricker
Tighten your built-in belt.
- Looking At : Sep 10, 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 : Why 90% of People Use This Performance Enhancing Drug (Dr Brad Stanfield)
And yes, I’m one of them.
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 :
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 : Back Transformer (Posture Correction Wearable)
The video below will show you what I mean :
The Back Transformer.
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 : Rice Bucket Rehab
In the discussion on Recovery Work for the Hands we noted several superb recovery techniques, including the ever-popular Rice Digs.
If you’ve never tried doing these, the process is incredibly simple. From the post ‘Rice Digs (for Grip-Training Warmups)‘, a brief description :
The exercise is an extremely simple one; pour some uncooked rice into a bucket and repeatedly burrow your hands into it. Make fists, rotate your wrists and generally move your hands around whilst they’re surrounded by rice.
To make it more difficult, use sand or even lead shot instead of the rice. Nice and painful.
NB : All other things being equal, a finer material will feel more difficult. Things like lead shot have less give, and will quickly prove challenging. Rice is a good starting point.
And to make things a little clearer, have a look at the video below. Great exercise.
Exercise Of The Week : Heavy Step-Ups
Barbell step-ups – a great way to finish a squat workout.
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 : ‘The Pursuit of Healthiness’ Podcast (by Blake Griffin)
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.
‘The Pursuit of Healthiness‘ is certainly an interesting podcast. And as it’s been going for a while, I picked a random episode to listen to : Episode 1 from Season 2 – Malcolm Gladwell. A wonderul blend of health & fitness advice, and a smattering of current (at the time) events.
There’s also a list of our all-time fitness suggestions over there. Dive on in.