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Looking At : Sep 17, 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.

Looking At : Sep 10, 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 Modius Headset

Vestibular stimulation for fat loss.


This is certainly an interesting idea (although I'm not sure that this particular device is anywhere near precise enough to be effective) - vestibular stimulation for fat loss. Still, I'd love to see a whole lot more research (on humans) on this area. To give you an idea of the product itself, a bit of video :
The Modius Headset.
NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.

Deload Week - You're Probably Doing It Wrong

Great explanation.



Great explanation.

Looking At : Sep 3, 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 QLIPP Tennis Sensor

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea - a motion sensor for tennis rackets, to measure and help improve various strokes. Would love to see the basic idea applied to a vast range of sports and activities. A bit of video will give you an idea of the size and operation of the device :
The QLIPP Tennis Sensor. NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.

How To Perform The Clap Dip

Looking for a challenge? Try a few of these.



Looking for a challenge? Try a few of these.

Looking At : Aug 27, 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 Immortal Strength Harness and Water-Fillable Club

Superb combination.


This is a superb combination. Ideal for hiking/biking/training expeditions, the harness is designed to hang on to the club on the way there. As for the club itself - fill it up with water/sand/lead shot (up to 70lb worth) and get to work. Perfect. The Immortal Strength Harness and Water-Fillable Club.

Using the Weighted Dead Hang for Lat Size+Strength (and to Help Perform Additional Pull-ups)

Nice one.



Nice one.



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