- Gem From The Vault : Pleasure Spiked with Pain – Training for the One Finger Lift
Jeff Wilson (Basic Instinct Fitness)
Up for a challenge?
- Looking At : Dec 3, 2023 Scott Andrew Bird | follow @scottbird What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
Video : 30 Days Of Vagus Nerve Stimulation (pigmie)
Very interesting approach. Tried it yourself? Thoughts?
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.
New Warrior Training Systems’ Sincere Hogan 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/2014/08/14/video_for_gymchat_253_-_improving_recovery_performance_sincere_hogan/ .
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 : IMbody (Home Gym & Smart Coach)Interesting combination. The IMbody is a smart mirror / home gym setup. Nice and compact. 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 : Use Checklists in your TrainingEach 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.
The basic logic behind using a checklist is pretty straightforward. As Adam Stoffa notes in the article Checklists and Complex Problems :
An example from training might be properly warming up. Everyone knows it’s foolish to engage in physical training without warming up first, but with time pressure, competing interests, or environmental stress, this step occasionally gets skipped. The risks associated with skipping this step, are significant. Pulled muscles are a major setback to a training program. When you balance the interests involved, saving a few minutes versus suffering a major setback, the risk associated with skipping this key step is unacceptably high. Therefore, item number 1 on your checklist could be:And yes, although it looks almost laughably simple, this absolutely works. The checklist approach is very highly recommended indeed.
- Complete Warm Up Exercises
Exercises Of The Week : Rice Digs (for Grip-Training Warmups)recent question on Joe DeFranco’s site reminded me of a great exercise for strengthing hands and wrists – as well as helping to relieve a little shoulder and elbow pain – Rice Digs. 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. The shot just has less give, and will quickly prove challenging. Rice is a good starting point. Further reading Rice Digs are one of the excercises mentioned in Dave Tate’s 7 Exercises for Rapid Strength. Finger Extensor Training (Body Results) : notes the importance of training finger extensor movements (open your hands wide in the rice, rather than making a fist). As well as rice digs, it briefly discusses the use of heavy rubber bands and mason jars. Uechi-Ryu Karate video : The Jar Holds alone are worth watching.
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.