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Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Gymchat 261 - How To Increase INTENSITY (Fadel D)

Time to get serious.


What exactly is training intensity, and how does it influence your workouts? This week we'll be exploring this somewhat enigmatic area; answering these and a whole lot more. Helping us is insanely strong Powerlifter Fadel D, together with Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We love hearing from as many people as possible. Join Fadel and Josh on the Hangout, or fire in your questions via the Q&A. Full details below. 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 : Oct 26, 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 Bite 1 - Sled Training (Frank DiMeo)

What, how and why.


Thanks again to everyone who watched and joined in the discussion Gymchat Bite 1 - Sled Training [with Strength Coach Frank DiMeo and 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 Bite 1 - Sled Training (Frank DiMeo)

What, how and why.


Long-term readers/viewers may remember the 'Gymchat Bites' - shorter versions of our weekly show, looking closely at a single exercise/technique/piece of equipment.
We'll be returning to this format (in addition to the regular, full-length show) from time to time, beginning with a discussion on a wonderful exercise : Sled Dragging. Helping us tackle this one is Strength Coach Frank DiMeo, joined by Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett. Fantastic. NB : If you'd like to take part in an upcoming discussion (either a Gymchat Bite, or the full-length show), drop Josh a line. You'll find all his contact details here.

Quick Tip : Finding a Personal Trainer

How to identify the 'right' one.


Dollars and muscles
It's about more than the money.
When it comes to getting a fitness professional who's going to help you clarify and reach your goals, finding one is half the battle. Offering a couple of suggestions in that area is Total Transformation's John Kaiser, who's had more than a little experience himself. Nice one. Over to John.
From the article Eliminating the Lug Nuts: How to Find a Good Trainer, a few thoughts.

Ready to Run - Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally


Looks fantastic. Last week we looked at my own collection of fitness-related books (and cheers for all of the suggested ones to add - much appreciated); in particular Kelly Starrett's Becoming a Supple Leopard. Great read. Kelly's new work - Ready to Run - Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally - comes out tomorrow, and sounds equally comprehensive. To give you an overall idea of the content covered in the book, and Kelly's thinking in general, check out his latest appearance on the Bulletproof Video podcast :
Ready to Run - Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally. Fantastic.

Gymchat 260 - How to Use DROP SETS for More Gains (Bill Piche)


What exactly are drop sets, and how can you use them most effectively? This week we'll be taking a deep dive into the wonderful world of Drop Sets; exploring answers to the questions above and a whole lot more. Helping us get a handle on this particular technique is Powerlifter Bill Piche, together with Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We love hearing from as many people as possible. Join Bill and Josh on the Hangout, or fire in your questions via the Q&A. Full details below. 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.

Handstand Human Flag Hybrid


Looking for a challenge?
Good stuff Al.

Looking At : Oct 19, 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.

Looking At : Oct 12, 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.



Like to contribute something? I love hearing about how other people are training; if you’d like to write an article, record a video or tell us about a site you’ve discovered, get in touch.


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