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If you’ve just joined us, welcome. Here you’ll find everything that grunts, groans and ticks in the world of strength training. In short, this site is the home of all things strength.



New Straight to the Bar T-Shirt : 'Circus Strongman'

Feels great.


As long-term readers will attest, we've commissioned a number of T-Shirt designs over the years, and we've just added a new one - you can grab it here. Feels great. We're really keen to hear your thoughts (on the design, the packaging and the shirt itself); either leave a comment below or join us over on the Straight to the Bar Community on Google+. Cheers.
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Gymchat 245 - Feats of Strength (Grip Strength) (Jedd Johnson)

Fantastic.


Sitting firmly at the heart of many forms of training is Grip Strength. Whether you're a Performing Strongman, Competitive Athlete or anyone who enjoys spending a bit of time with the iron.
In this discussion we'll be investigating two key aspects of grip work - the various feats you'll occasionally see, and grip training in general. Tackling these is the insanely strong Jedd Johnson, 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 Jedd and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Q&A (during the discussion itself). 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 : Week Ending Apr 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.

Improving Your Pull-ups (Frank DiMeo)


Good stuff. I'm a huge fan the various forms of pull-ups, and the Gymchat last week was certainly an excellent exploration of the area. Nice one guys. Improving Your Pull-ups is one of the many superb resources mentioned in the discussion. This is the Kindle edition of Frank's own book on the subject, outlining a 12 week program that does exactly what the title suggests. And in no small way. Highly recommended.

Looking At : Week Ending Apr 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.

Video for Gymchat 243 - How to Improve Your Pull Ups (Frank DiMeo)

Ready to get better? Great.


Thanks again to everyone who watched and sent in questions for the discussion Gymchat 243 - How to Improve Your Pull Ups [with Strength Coach Frank DiMeo, joined by Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett] - much appreciated. If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video.



Gymchat 243 - How to Improve Your Pull Ups (Frank DiMeo)

Ready to get better? Great.


There are certainly many, many varieties of chin-ups and pull-ups. Fantastic exercises.
This week we're taking a detailed look at these amazing exercises, and discussing how to increase both their quality and quantity. Whether you can already knock them out by the dozen, or are gearing up for your first. Helping us tackle this one - as well as your questions (just post them on the Event page, or use the Q&A tool during the discussion itself) is Strength Coach Frank DiMeo, 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 Frank and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Q&A (during the discussion itself). 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 : Week Ending Apr 6, 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.

Video for Gymchat 242 - The Role of Genetics in Aesthetics & Performance (Bill Piche)

The role of each, and to what extent each can be changed.


Thanks again to everyone who watched and sent in questions for the discussion Gymchat 242 - The Role of Genetics in Aesthetics & Performance [with Powerlifter Bill Piche, joined by Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett] - much appreciated. If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video.


The Reversal of Sports : From 'Aspirational' to 'Pure'

There’s a change on the way.


I love sports, always have. Strength, team, motor and so on. Anything and everything. Still, there's a significant change on the way; a subtle shift in how some sporting events are viewed. Let me explain.



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