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Looking At : Apr 24, 2016

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.

8 Weeks to SEALFIT - A Navy SEAL's Guide to Unconventional Training for Physical and Mental Toughness

Ready for some serious mental toughness?


Great read. I'm a big fan of both physical and mental strength, and this book has an intriguing combination of the two. Mark Divine's 8 Weeks to SEALFIT. Here's a comment from the Amazon page to give you a taste :
Jumping into this program taught me something really important: you cannot HIDE from the work required here. I've been doing more traditional weight lifting and strength programs at the gym over the last many months, and while the plans and programs have gone rather well for me, in just six days of working on this program I realized that I hadn't been giving it my all, and I'd been cutting corners. With 8 Weeks to SEALfit, if you stay committed to the work in front of you, you can't hide. And that's a great thing.
Good stuff. 8 Weeks to SEALFIT.

Building Strength And Mobility for Handstands



A great demonstration of several strength and mobility exercises to assist your handstand progress.

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.


Looking At : Apr 17, 2016

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.

Basic Anabolic Hypertrophy Training

Great book.


Perfect. We first mentioned this one a couple of years ago now, and you'll be pleased to know that Josh is currently using it for his hypertrophy goals - full details shortly. In the meantime, a quick look at what BAHT is and how to get it :

Josh Hewett's shared some fantastic information over the years - in the form of videos, articles and, well, just doing it. Good stuff. Basic Anabolic Hypertrophy Training is a detailed guide to putting a little more muscle on your frame; regardless of your starting point. A summary of what works, why, and how to use it. If you're serious about getting bigger, this is an excellent place to start. Best of all, it's absolutely free. Basic Anabolic Hypertrophy Training.

The Slide And Drag

Keep it close.



If you're having trouble keeping the bar close to your body when performing the Olympic Lifts, try this.

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.


Looking At : Apr 10, 2016

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.

Forward Head Posture FIX

Looks great.


I'm currently checking out the 'Forward Head Posture FIX' program, which aims to tackle the areas that the name suggests - the slightly slouched posture commonly seen in office buildings. If you've ever been told to 'stand up straight', you know what I mean. The program takes the form of downloadable (or physical, if you prefer) videos and books; outlining a series of exercises and movements which address the posture issue. For a full rundown of everything being offered, swing by the main site : http://forwardheadposturefix.com Looks great.

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. And if you're looking for the full list of the training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


How To Make An Atlas Stone (Slater Stone vs Hybrid Stone)

Fantastic video.



This is a great - and thorough, it runs about 37min - video showing construction of DIY atlas stones; using both the Slater Stone and Hybrid Stone moulds (or 'molds' if you prefer). Nice one Alan.


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.


Looking At : Apr 3, 2016

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.



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