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Yes, I love the deadlift.
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FoldEat (Food Storage & Eating Mat)

Looks great.


Looks great. I tend to train in a variety of locations, and I suspect the same applies to a number of people here. Either from travelling, or simply from enjoying the great outdoors. The FoldEat looks ideal for that sort of routine - combining several food storage containers with a machine-washable eating mat. A little video to show you what I mean :
The FoldEat.

6 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Coronavirus (Medlife Crisis)

If all of the closures and cancellations have got you down, take a look at this.



If all of the closures and cancellations have got you down, take a look at this. Nice one.

Looking At : Mar 15, 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.

HotRock (Heated Foam Roller)

Looks great.


Looks great. As the name implies, the HotRock is an adjustable, highly portable (long cord) heated foam roller. Looks like an ideal way to aid recovery, or simply to start your workout. A little video to show you what I mean :
The HotRock.

VR Fitness Games 2020 (Brian Lovett)

This is certainly an interesting area - VR Fitness Games. Somewhere between gaming and a full training session.



This is certainly an interesting area - VR Fitness Games. Somewhere between gaming and a full training session.

Looking At : Mar 8, 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.

Free 40 Minute Intu-Flow® Routine (Tacfit)

Looks great.



Looks great. This is a free downloadable version of the Intu-Flow program with Aaron Cruz. Focused on mobility, it looks like an ideal complementary routine. I'm about to dive into it here. How about you - ever tried the Intuitive-Flow system? Would love to hear your thoughts. The Intu-Flow program with Aaron Cruz.

DNA Manipulation in Living Subjects (Isaac Arthur)

This is a very interesting look at an area we've discussed briefly several times on this site, and is now becoming tantalisingly close - the ability to manipulate DNA in living humans.



This is a very interesting look at an area we've discussed briefly several times on this site, and is now becoming tantalisingly close - the ability to manipulate DNA in living humans. Love hearing your thoughts.

Looking At : Mar 1, 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.

Jself (Massage Pillow)

Looks great.


Looks great. The Jself is a pillow with massage/heating/music functions built in. Looks like an ideal post-workout device. I'm keen to test one, though I suspect that the heating and massage functions feel pretty good regardless of their long-term abilities. And in the meantime, a spot of video :
The Jself.



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