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Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Looking At : Jun 23, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Backmate (Doorway-Mounted Self-Massager)

Looks great.



Looks great. As you can see from the above video, the Backmate is an incredibly simple idea. Completely portable (it doesn't require any fixed mounts - it expands to fit the available doorway), it looks ideal for travelling. The Backmate.

Magnus Midtbø Destroys New Grip Strength Test (Jujimufu)

Very interesting grip tools.



Very interesting grip tools : weighted rock climbing grips (the Beast Fingers Grippūl Two, aka 'Beast Grips 420 Blazet').

Looking At : Jun 16, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Next Level Strength - The Ultimate Rings and Parallettes Program (Al and Danny Kavadlo)

Looks great.


Looks great. As the name suggests, Next Level Strength is all about getting seriously strong using only those wonderful calisthenics tools - rings and paralettes. If you've ever seen either Al or Danny (or both) in action, you know what to expect. And for the uninitiated :
Next Level Strength.

Sleep is Your Superpower (Matt Walker)

Great information.



Great information.

Looking At : Jun 9, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Emergy (Torque-Resistance Exerciser)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The Emergy is a torque-resistance exerciser for basic grip work. And although I'm somewhat dubious of the device itself, the mechanism is certainly interesting. Would love to see other types of equipment make use of the 'Torque-Resistance' approach. A little video :
The Emergy.

The LifeXtenShow Pilot Episode (Lifespan.io)

It's wonderful to see a show about this area. Looking forward to it.



Although the humour may/may not be to your taste, it's wonderful to see a show about this area in particular. Looking forward to it.

Looking At : Jun 2, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.



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