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Yes, I love the deadlift.
If you’ve just joined us, welcome. Here you’ll find everything that grunts, groans and ticks in the world of strength training. In short, this site is the home of all things strength.


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August of Arms 2020 (Training Program)

This looks great.


This looks great. I'm a big fan of Jedd's training in general, and am certainly keen to check this one out. As the name suggests, August of Arms 2020 is the latest instalment of an annual focus on arm training. Featuring training programs, video instruction & and a whole heap of suggestions; this is certainly a comprehensive package. Jedd Johnson's August of Arms 2020.

Top 5 Mass-Building Exercises For Faster Growth (Musclemonsters)

Just starting out? Here are a handful of exercises to pack on a bit of muscle quickly.



Just starting out? Here are a handful of exercises to pack on a bit of muscle quickly.

Looking At : Aug 2, 2020

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.

UCAN SuperStarch (Energy Powders and Bars)

These sound great.


These sound great. I came across these via Tim Ferriss' '5-Bullet Friday' newsletter. The UCAN SuperStarch range is a collection of low carbohydrate powders & energy bars, with a strong focus on the low-GI side of things. To dive in a little deeper, swing by the website. I also strongly recommend Tim's newsletter, which itself peels back the curtain a bit. The UCAN SuperStarch range.

Eating My Old Strongman Diet For A Day - 15,000 Calories! (Brian Shaw)

This is a great way to see just how much difference a good diet can make.



This is a great way to see just how much difference a good diet can make. Whether you're a competing Strongman or not.

Looking At : Jul 26, 2020

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.

Bouncing Back (Book)

Sounds great.


Sounds great. It seems that my 'books to read' pile gets taller by the day, and this one certainly makes it aboard. Bouncing Back is very simply a book that covers the 'What happens now?' aspect of the journey to a post-athletic world. To dive in a little deeper, swing by the book's Indiegogo page. Be warned though, you'll be waiting until December for the full version. Very much worth the wait.

The 'Right' Way to Grip The Bar (Jeff Cavaliere)

Elbow pain when lifting? These changes make a huge difference.



Elbow pain when lifting? These changes make a huge difference.

Looking At : Jul 19, 2020

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.

MedHub (Smart Medical Intake Adviser)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The MedHub is a smart container for your medications/supplements, with a smartphone app holding the various details. It'll automatically advise when a pill (or pills) is/are to be taken, and the quantity. Perfect. To see the device itself :
The MedHub.



Like to contribute something? I love hearing about how other people are training : if you've got a strength-related competition or seminar coming up, add it to the calendar. And if you'd love to be on one of the weekly Gymchats - get in touch. Look forward to hearing from you.


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