- Gem From The Vault : Why Conditioning is King
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- Looking At : Jan 28, 2024 Scott Andrew Bird | follow @scottbird What’s been going on this week? Quite a lot actually.
Video : The Science of Hydration – How Much Water You Really Need (Institute of Human Anatomy)
Nice and thorough. Enjoy.
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.
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 : Philips Sleep Headphones with Kokoon (Audio-Streaming Earbuds For Nighttime Use)Interesting idea. Recently we checked out the Ozlo Sleepbuds – a pair of music-streaming earbuds for nighttime use. The Philips Sleep Headphones with Kokoon perform a similar function, with a slightly different form factor. A little video will show you what I mean :
The Philips Sleep Headphones with Kokoon.
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 : Fix Your FeetEach 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. This tip is from Josh Hewett‘s excellent ‘Bulletproof Your Body‘ series. The real benefits of including your feet in your training. Over to Josh :
You need to gradually strengthen your feet and slowly introduce them to greater range of motion. Walking barefoot on soft sand or grass is a great way to start… plus it feels good! If you have access to a beach or a well manicured lawn, slowly progress from walking barefoot for a few minutes at a time and working up to a longer duration, before introducing any more challenging barefoot activities. For walking on solid surfaces such as concrete, I suggest you wear appropriate footwear that will provide minimal support while still allowing for greater natural movement of your feet.Good stuff. Note that this is only a snippet from the full piece – swing by Josh‘ blog for the entire article [.pdf]. A great read.
Unlock Your Hips, Unlock Your Squat
I get a lot of questions regarding the impact of ‘unlocking your hips‘ on heavy squatting. Rick Kaselj goes into it in plenty of detail in the ‘Unlock Your Hip Flexors‘ program; and I’ve also posted a brief video below which demonstrates/explains some of the exercises.
Both (working with Ryan, and Rick’s program) are highly recommended. And as always, we love hearing your feedback – if you sample any of the above exercises or the ‘Unlock Your Hip Flexors‘ program, we’d love to hear about it.
Exercise Of The Week : The Scarecrow
Joe DeFranco briefly talks about one of his favourite exercises for the upper back – The Scarecrow. The only equipment required – a pair of Blast Straps. Looks great (as soon as I recover from this morning’s chin-up marathon I’ll give it a go).
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.