- Gem From The Vault : The Fat Bar
Max Shank (Strong as Hell)
The joy of a 2″ bar with spinning sections. Wonderful.p>
- Looking At : Oct 22, 2023 Scott Andrew Bird | follow @scottbird What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
Video : What Are the Theoretical Limits of Human Strength? (Alexander Bromley)
Very, very thorough. Love it.
Gymchat 278 – TBAWe’re still finalising the details for this week’s discussion. I’ll post them on the blog (and X, 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.
Craig Bongelli, together with Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett. 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 : https://straighttothebar.com/2014/05/09/video_for_gymchat_246_-_the_pursuit_of_a_huge_deadlift_craig_bongelli/ .
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 : Aura (Smart Sleep Mask)Looks great. The Aura is a sleep mask with a some wonderful features built in. In addition to the typical blackout functionality is relaxing audio (or a guided meditation), light therapy and a sunrise feature that gradually wakes you up with light. 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 : Getting Back Into ItEach week we publish a number of tips and techniques via X (Formerly Twitter), the blog; and the newsletter. Wherever you are, there’s always a way to improve what you’re doing.
Vic takes a thorough look at this in the ‘Returning to Heavy Training After a Break‘ ebook. For a brief overview though, check out the discussion we held on that very same topic.
In Gymchat 136 – Heavy Training after a Break, Vic noted :
I lost a LOT of strength on some lifts. It was surprising. That’s why that initial 3 weeks of lighter work was important to me – it was smart to underestimate my strength at first.And
It’s important to consciously do less those first few weeks. I was off for almost 2 years – as a rule I did not put any more than 135lbs on the bar the first week. I did not push any sets to failure the next two weeks while still staying at 5 reps or less for most sets.Good stuff.
ExerciseFeat Of The Week : The Kviahellan (Husafell Stone)
In the World’s Strongest Man competitions the Husafell stone is lifted from a waist-high platform to chest height, and carried for distance. Once the stone is dropped, or in the case of the competitor moving outside their designated lane, the carry is terminated and the distance measured . During the years in which this event took place on African soil, the stone was known as the Africa stone (and shaped accordingly). A spot of history : This stone originally formed the basis of a challenge in Iceland’s Husafell Valley (hence the name). The task was to lift and carry the Kviahellan approximately 50 meters around Sira Snorri Bjornsson‘s goat pen – quite a feat. Those who were able to achieve this are known simply as ‘Fullsterker‘ (fully strong). Fantastic. References 1. World’s Strongest Man Wikipedia 2. The African Stone World’s Strongest Man Further reading Video 3mb, .mov] of Dr. William Crawford achieving fullsterker (full strength) status by hoisting the Husafell Stone and taking it for a walk around the goat track (approx. 50m). To Lift a Heavy Stone[1.8mb, .pdf] Rick Walker A detailed look at the techniques involved in heavy stone lifting.
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.