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Scott Bird. Artwork by Vince Palko.
Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Dullo Pillow (Neck Relief Pillow for Back, Side Sleeping)

Remember the 'sleeping on your side' video from a few weeks ago?


Remember the 'sleeping on your side' video from a few weeks ago? The Dullo Pillow looks ideal for doing just that. With customised 'craters' on each side (one for sleeping on your back, one for sleeping on your side) and two heights to pick from, it's far more customisable than the one I'm currently using. Take a look at what I mean :
Dullo Pillow.

Push-Up Technique (Thenx)

Great explanation.



Great explanation.

Looking At : Aug 18, 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.

Zero Breeze Mark Ⅱ (Battery-Powered Portable AirCon)

Love training outdoors?


Love training outdoors? The Zero Breeze Mark Ⅱ is a battery-powered portable air conditioner, designed for use in a tent/RV/truck - anywhere you like to spend a bit of time after a serious outdoor session. Or even a hike. Although I'm slightly skeptical about the cooling potential of such a small device, I'm certainly keen to try one out here. How about you - ever used anything similar (perhaps the first generation of the device)? A spot of video :
The Zero Breeze Mark Ⅱ.

How to Get Bigger Biceps ('Athlean-X')

Great information.



Great information.

Looking At : Aug 11, 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.

Dr Pocket (Portable TENS Massager)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The Dr Pocket is a Portable TENS Massage device, for a quick dose of pain relief as needed. Although I'm slightly skeptical about the ability of such a small device, I'm certainly keen to try one out here. How about you - ever used anything similar (perhaps the first generation of the device)? A spot of video :
Dr Pocket.

The Origins of the Food Pyramid ('Today I Found Out')

Very interesting area.



Very interesting area.

Looking At : Aug 4, 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.

Parásole 2.0 (Recovery Footwear)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The Parásole is a combination sock/shoe hybrid, with a strong focus on the recovery side of things. Whether that's some form of weight training, or just spending a fair bit of time on your feet. I'm keen to try them out (for deadlifting particularly) - and will share a few thoughts once I've spent some time ith them. A spot of video :
The Parásole 2.0.



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