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Scott Bird. Artwork by Vince Palko.
Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Misses Are Just Warm-ups



Excellent way of looking at it Jedd.
NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


How They Got Started : Ray Hulm


Ray Hulm
Ray Hulm.
I love hearing everyones' fitness backgrounds, it's always fascinating to hear how someone got started. Here's how Ray Hulm began his own training journey. Scott


Looking At : Jul 20, 2014

What we were talking about this week : on Google+, Twitter, and the Daily 'Paper'



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 Kennedy Lift


The Kennedy Lift
The Kennedy Lift.
One of the lifts that Warren Lincoln Travis included in his 'Challenge to the World' - the Kennedy Lift. A partial Jefferson Lift, performed here with the aid of a Hand and Thigh Bar attached to a regular bar. Love it.

Muscle-Ups For Reps

Nice one.



Nice one. btw, if you're currently unable to do them, here's the basic progression.
NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Gymchat 253 - Alpha Aesthetics (Personal Development In The 21st Century with Omar Atlas)

Ready to become number one?


How do you become the 'alpha dog' - the leader of the pack? And how do you use strength training to do it? This week we're exploring this enigmatic area - the intersection of bodybuilding and personal development. Tackling this is the wonderful Omar 'Bromar' Atlas, joined by Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Omar and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Hangout and ask them directly. And if you'd like to point your friends/colleagues to the discussion, just use the 'share' button at the top of that page. The more the merrier.

Looking At : Jul 13, 2014

What we were talking about this week : on Google+, Twitter, and the Daily 'Paper'



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.

Maximum Functional Mass


Superb. If you watched the Gymchat last week, you'll know exactly what to expect. Bud Jeffries shares some truly incredible information. We'll post a full review shortly, but in the meantime, here's a piece from Bud's own site to help explain what Maximum Functional Mass's all about :
The first in our new series on how to build muscles - Large muscles! Powerful muscles! Muscles that can do more than they look like they can do. Muscles that actually work, not just look impressive.
Maximum Functional Mass.

Gymchat 252 - The Power of Mental Strength (Dru Patrick)

Think about it.


UPDATE (9 Jul 2014) :

Unfortunately a connectivity issue got in the way of this one, so we've rescheduled it (full details shortly). Apologies for that.

Scott


How important is it to be mentally strong? Does it help you gain physical strength? This week we'll be looking closely at the area of Mental Strength - explaining exactly what it is, how it impacts physical strength and how to go about acquiring some. Helping us tackle this fascinating area is Powerlifter Dru Patrick - Powerlifting Instructor at Crossfit Gulf Coast - together with Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Dru and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Hangout and ask them directly. And if you'd like to point your friends/colleagues to the discussion, just use the 'share' button at the top of that page. The more the merrier.

Details -

Who : Powerlifter Dru Patrick, Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett, and You Topic : The Power of Mental Strength When : Wednesday Jul 9, 8:00pm EDT (the Event page shows what time that is in your local timezone). How : Watch the live stream, join the hangout (just add Josh to one of your circles, and he'll send you the URL when the Hangout starts), or jump in the Q&A on the Event page itself. We'll also post the full video shortly after the Gymchat.

Pec Poppin' Pushups

Pushups with a twist.



Nice one Joe.



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