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'The Dinosaur Files' for Oct 2019

I love these.


I love these. The latest issue of Brooks Kubik's 'The Dinosaur Files' (Oct 2019) is now available. An instant .PDF download. Perfect. If you've never read one, these are monthly newsletters which comprise a mix of pieces by Brooks, well-known old-time strongmen and the Dinosaur Training community. As an example, here's a brief look at last months' issue :
It's a great mix. You can grab the latest incarnation here : brookskubik.com/dinosaurfiles-october2019.html .

How Fast is a Two Hour Marathon Pace? (Mike Boyd)

Brutal pace.



No doubt you're well aware of Eliud Kipchoge's Vienna marathon by now. Even if you aren't, this video shows just what a brutal pace this is.

Looking At : Oct 13, 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.

Handy Gym (Portable Inertial Trainer)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. Was just having a conversation about the Handy Gym, a portable inertial training device that is roughly equivalent to 'weighted band training'. The video below will show you what I mean :
Looks ideal for rehab work, and for quick sessions when travelling. Keen to give one a try. Handy Gym.

Robert Oberst's Biggest Lifts (The Strongest Man in History, Season 1)

Love this show.



Love this show.

Looking At : Oct 6, 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.

Fridge Eye (Smart Fridge Camera)

Very interesting idea.


Very interesting idea. Fridge Eye is a camera for inside the fridge - as well as a 'phone app - to turn any fridge into a 'Smart Fridge'. The smartphone software includes object-recognizing AI, though I suspect the device is quite powerful even without that. The ability to quickly check what's in the fridge at any time (particularly when shopping) is wonderful. A spot of video to show you what's on offer :
Fridge Eye.

David Sinclair on Intermittent Fasting (Modern Wisdom Podcast #066)

Got questions on both Intermittent Fasting and longevity? Great.



We get a lot of questions on both Intermittent Fasting and longevity. Here's David Sinclair's view on the combination.

Looking At : Sep 29, 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.

Eve - A Trainer, Dietitian & Coach in Your Pocket (AI Personal Trainer)

Very interesting combination.


Very interesting combination. Eve is a mix of Personal Trainer & Dietitian; blending a human and an AI-powered assistant. Sounds wonderful. I'm certainly keen to check this one out myself; very much looking forward to it. In the meantime, a spot of video to help explain what it's all about :
Eve - A Trainer, Dietitian & Coach in Your Pocket.



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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