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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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REBO (Smart Bottle)

Very interesting idea.


Very interesting idea. The REBO Smart Bottle performs a deceptively useful task - measuring water intake as you drink. And as it's keeping track of your water consumption, it's able to offer other benefits tied to the number of bottles consumed - initially this is in the form of environmental plastic collection. Sounds great. To take a look at the bottle itself, here's a spot of video :
The REBO Smart Bottle.

Building Your Own Prosthetics (MIT's Media Lab)

The end of many forms of physical disability.



The rapidly-approaching end of many forms of physical disability.

Looking At : Dec 8, 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.

Peter Attia's Upcoming Book

Really looking forward to it.


Really looking forward to it. We've noted both Peter's podcast and emails in the past, so I suspect you already know roughly what to expect. Both in terms of content and style. The book promises to be a blend of the two - a longer discussion of some fascinating topics. And yes, I'm really keen to get my hands on a copy. In the meantime, a sampling of Peter's writing; and a few thoughts on the book itself : peterattiamd.com/book-update.

Japanese Climbing Gyms (Magnus Midtbø)

A wonderful look at one of Tokyo's climbing gyms.



Taking the form of a vlog detailing Magnus' trip to Tokyo, it provides a wonderful look at a Japanese climbing gym. Nice one. Incidentally, if you just want to see the gym itself, it starts at 9m:14s.

Looking At : Dec 1, 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.

HardstyleFit Kettlebell Level One Course (Dragon Door)

Great course.


Great course. As you'd expect for this time of year, there are more than a few Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotions on offer. One that caught my eye is Dragon Door's HardstyleFit Kettlebell Level One Course - a wonderful offering at a superb price ($99). The course's main page has a detailed list of what's included, but suffice to say that it's a wonderful way to learn the HardstyleFit Kettlebell approach. The Goblet Squat, Get-Up, and the Swing. Dragon Door's HardstyleFit Kettlebell Level One Course.

Strength Standards - 'How Strong Should I Be?' (Alan Thrall)

Great information.



Great information.

Looking At : Nov 24, 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.

MONKII 360 (Portable Workout Setup)

Looks great - especially for travel workouts.


Looks great (especially for travel workouts). The MONKII 360 is a door-mounted band workout system, designed with interval training in mind. Looks ideal for a quick session in the hotel room, or wherever you end up when on-the-road. A spot of video :
The MONKII 360.



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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