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Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Looking At : Jun 28, 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.

LMP S2 (Reusable Protective Face Mask)

Nice one.


Nice one. As you'd expect, there are plenty of face masks currently on offer. One of those I've been looking at recently is the LMP S2 - a re-usable setup which is already shipping. The video below gives you a general idea of what's on offer, and the site goes into detail on the various features. Looks good.
The LMP S2.

Garage Gym Build & Tour (Brian Alsruhe)

A great way to help deal with things - building an impromptu home gym.



The pandemic's certainly rough on an awful lot of people, and here's a great way to deal with things - building an impromptu home gym. Nice one.

Looking At : Jun 21, 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.

MAPS Capstone Challenge (Studying The Use Of MDMA To Help Treat PTSD)

Love it.


Love it. I came across this via the latest issue of Tim Ferriss' '5 Bullet Friday' newsletter - the MAPS Capstone Challenge. This challenge is to provide the funding necessary ($30 million USD) to complete the studies required for FDA approval of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. Wonderful. The abovelinked site contains more information on the challenge itself. If you'd like to know a little more about either Tim Ferriss or MAPS, here's a conversation from last year's 'Psychedelic Science Summit' :
MAPS Capstone Challenge.

5 Tips for Easier Pull Ups (Marine Sgt Michael Eckert)

Nice one.



Nice one.

Looking At : Jun 14, 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.

Aggressive Strength Conversations Podcast Episode 1 (Mike Mahler & Ory Ortega)

Keen to dive in.


Keen to dive in. My list of 'videos to watch' (training-related and otherwise) seems to grow steadily, with new ones always appearing on the list. Next up is Mike Mahler's Aggressive Strength Conversations, which I'm about to dive in to. If you're similarly intrigued, the first episode - a chat with Ory Ortega - is below :
Mike Mahler's Aggressive Strength Conversations.

Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi Takes on the US Marine Obstacle Course (Austen Alexander)

It's wonderful to see the many different approaches to fitness.



Nice one. It's always wonderful to see the many different approaches to fitness, in this case it's the US Marines' Obstacle Course.

Looking At : Jun 7, 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.



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