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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.


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Intrinsic Strength Training (Angelo Grinceri)

A peek at Angelo Grinceri's own training philosophy.


Looks good. Intrinsic Strength Training is a look at Angelo Grinceri's own training philosophy - leaning more toward standing, full-body exercises than their seated cousins. Naturally, I'll share a few thoughts once I've finished (it's available as an ebook, so I'll certainly be diving straight in). In the meantime, this interview with the wonderful Adrienne Harvey will help explain Angelo's background, and the thinking behind this approach to training. Angelo Grinceri's Intrinsic Strength Training.


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.


Squatting 25 People (Randy Richey)

A wonderful way to showcase strength.



A wonderful way to showcase strength - a little people-squatting.

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 : Aug 21, 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.

Mental Muscle Intensive (Logan Christopher)

Perfect.


Remember the book Mental Muscle? Superb read. Having said that, topics like these certainly lend themselves to an 'in-person' style of teaching. That's exactly what this is - a two-day conference which shares the book's many tools and tactics in a hands-on way. A perfect combination. If you're anywhere near (or can get to) Minneapolis, United States on Oct 15-16; check it out. Logan Christopher's Mental Muscle Intensive.

Brooke Wells & Friends Squatting @ Super Training

Great tips.



Great tips, as well as a look at the Hip Circle (to encourage knees to push outward when squatting) in action.

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 : Aug 14, 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.

The Dinosaur Files Newsletter, PDF and Kindle Editions

Dive in.


I love this. Dinosaur Files is Brooks Kubik's look at the world of Physical Culture - both historical and contemporary. Wonderful read. I'll be diving in to the July issue shortly (and I suspect I'm not the only one). The Dinosaur Files Newsletter.

Hairculese vs Hot Water Bottle

Good stuff Chris (@hairculese).



Good stuff Chris (@hairculese).

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 : Aug 7, 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.

Kettlebell Essentials (Max Shank)

Looks great.



Looks great. Kettlebell Essentials is a series of on-demand videos by Max Shank, demonstrating and explaining the various kettlebell techniques which he considers fundamental to training. Everything from Cleans and Swings up to complex movements such as the many varieties of Get-Up. If you're just starting out, or looking to fine-tune specific aspects, check it out. Max Shank's Kettlebell Essentials.

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. We also discuss a number of training-related books. If you're looking for the full list of the ones I recommend personally, swing by Goodreads. Great site.




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