- Gem From The Vault : The Bodyweight Aficionado’s Guide to Gear
Jason Kirby (All Things Strength)
Not essential by any means, but extremely helpful.
- Looking At : Nov 19, 2023 Scott Andrew Bird | follow @scottbird What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
Video : Meta Just Achieved Mind-Reading Using AI (ColdFusion)
Very powerful indeed – with both incredible and rather negative potential uses.
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.
Bud Jeffries, who I first saw performing in 2006 (he was tackling a bottom-up-squat with an insane 1,000lb) and 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/2014/07/02/video_for_gymchat_251_-_gaining_maximum_functional_muscle_mass_bud_jeffries/ .
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 : CLOMP (Running Analytics Device)Looks great. The CLOMP is a running-focused analytics device, measuring the amount of oxygen your muscles require at any one time. A smartphone/watch app feeds the information to you, as you train. A little 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 : Finding a Personal TrainerEach 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.
From the article Eliminating the Lug Nuts: How to Find a Good Trainer, a few thoughts :
Get the Digits. Step one, ask your trainer for references that you can contact. Step two, contact those references. It is amazing how many people miss step two–apparently asking for references only as a bluff. When you call the list of references, ask about their results. Where did they start and how far has he taken them? Did their hard work combined with his training know-how pay off? Has he been reliable and professional? Good trainers get results; lug nuts only get your money. One Size Fits All. Is the nutrition/training sheet your trainer gives you just a black and white copy–the same one he hands out to all his clients? Or does she/he give you a personalized workout and nutrition plan? You are paying for a personalized approach, so make sure you get it! Good Trainers Personalize, Bad Trainers Xerox Can’t we All Just get Along? There is nothing worse than putting down several hundred dollars on a personal trainer only to find that the two of you can’t get along. So pay for a few individual sessions (even if it costs a bit more). This will give you an opportunity to get to know the trainer, see how he runs his shop, and strike up a rapport. You aren’t auditioning him/her for the role of best friend, but you should expect a certain level of professionalism. A good trainer is always professionalGood stuff.
ExercisesFeats Of The Week : Arnold Strongest Man Compilation
Via Strength News : a great video compilation ahead of the upcoming Arnold Strongest Man competition. Great workout inspiration. NB : These are some of the highlights from the 2006 competition, featuring some rather familiar names. Enjoy.
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