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Yes, I love the deadlift.
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A Commercial Gym in 2020

Training in 5 years' time.


We've talked about the future of fitness several times over the years (and we've got another Gymchat coming up on precisely that topic - let me know if you'd like to take part). Here's my own view of part of that world, looking at a commercial gym in 2020 - both from a client's and gym owner's point of view. I'd love to hear your thoughts.


How To Perform Glute Ham Raises


Just got your new toy? Here's how to use it : Nice one.

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Looking At : May 24, 2015

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.

Checking Out : Becoming a Supple Leopard - 2nd Edition


Looks great. Remember Kelly Starrett's wonderful Becoming a Supple Leopard? The updated version - the 2nd Edition - is about to hit the virtual shelves. Looking forward to it. Full review shortly; in the meantime, a quick overview to give you an idea of what the book's all about : It's Kelly's approach to mobility. A detailed understanding of how the body works; in order to improve athletic performance, reduce injury time and a whole lot more. Becoming a Supple Leopard - 2nd Edition. Fantastic.
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 other training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Weighted Dip Basics


I was asked a couple of times during the week about adding weight to dips, so here's a quick tutorial on doing just that : Nice one. Incidentally, the weight can be anything at all (preferably with a hole to feed the chain through) - I frequently use kettlebells here. Whatever's handy.
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 : May 17, 2015

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.

Checking Out : Olympic Weightlifting for Masters


Looks great. Matt Foreman's 'Olympic Weightlifting for Masters: Training at 30, 40, 50 & Beyond' looks at the various aspects of programming and expectations for a slightly older athlete; notably how particular elements differ from their younger counterparts. As one of the reviewers says :
After reading Matt's book I now longer feel I have to apologize for lifting less than my younger cohorts. -Peter Nathan, World Champion.
Fantastic.

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 other training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Bodyweight Skill Progressions


As Max notes in the video's description :
There are two roads to strength, one is to add more weight, the other is to progress the skill.
This is a glimpse at the second part of that. NB : He certainly engages in both. For a great demonstration, check out The Fat Bar.

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 : May 10, 2015

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.

Checking Out : The Natural Method


Cheers. There's a rapidly growing pile of books here (courtesy a recent donation from a friend), including the translation of the Georges Hébert classic The Natural Method (translated): Georges Hébert's Practical Guide to Physical Education. This is the Kindle version, and I must say, it looks great. Take a peek at the 'Look Inside' part of the Amazon page and you'll see what I mean. Full review shortly. In the meantime, I'm curious : what are you reading right now?

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.




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