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Yes, I love the deadlift.
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The Illumy 'Smart Sleep Mask'

Very interesting pairing.


We've looked at a number of sleep-related devices over the years, and here's a very interesting pairing : the deceptively simple Illumy 'Smart Sleep Mask'. Looks great. Particularly for travel ('planes, trains, cars etc - anywhere you want to get some sleep while the lights are on). The Illumy 'Smart Sleep Mask'.

Belt Squat Thoughts

A few thoughts on a piece of equipment not seen often enough - a belt squat machine.



Zach shares a few thoughts on a piece of equipment not seen often enough - a belt squat machine. Good stuff.

Looking At : Mar 19, 2017

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



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

The OYO DoubleFlex Black

Always on the lookout for new ways to train when travelling.


Always on the lookout for new ways to train when travelling. If you spend any time on-the-road, I'm sure you'll understand why. This is the piece of equipment I'm currently investigating - The OYO DoubleFlex Black. Ships this June.

Weightlifting 101 - The Basics

The first part of a very promising series.



The first part of a very promising series. Love it.

Looking At : Mar 12, 2017

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



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

The Way of The Iceman

Looks great.


Looks great. The Way of The Iceman is a detailed account of 'The Wim Hof Method' - Wim Hof's approach to breath control, pain tolerance, athletic recovery and a whole lot more. Suffice to say that I'm really looking forward to this one. Full review shortly; in the meantime you can check out the book's Foreword over on the sales page. The Way of The Iceman.

2017 Arnold Strongman Classic - The Timber Carry

Love it.



It's fair to say that there's been plenty of video goodness from this years' Arnold Strongman Classic. Here's one of my favourites (both the video and the event itself) - The Timber Carry.

Looking At : Mar 5, 2017

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



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

The Silver Bullet DVD

This looks great.


This looks great. As the name suggests, this is a look at the training required in order to successfully tackle this somewhat uncommon grip challenge. Comprising a number of videos and exercise descriptions, this is an ideal package. As for the lift itself, here's a bit of video to show it in action :

The Silver Bullet DVD.



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