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INBair O2 (Oxygen Purifier)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The INBair O2 is an oxygen purifier, delivering the gas via a simple headset. Although the claims made are fairly general in nature, I'm keen to test this (as well as the competitors which will undoubtedly follow rapidly) in the home gym. To give you an idea of the setup, a bit of video :
The INBair O2.

How To Properly Train To Lose Fat (Omar Isuf)

Great information.



Great information.

Looking At : Apr 15, 2018

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.

SQRDUP (Alignment Tool for Golf)

Interesting idea.


SQRDUP is an alignment tool for golf, though the basic idea has a great many applications beyond that. It's essentially a pair of laser lights, highlighting the optimum position. The video below will how you what I mean :
Curious : where would you love to see this approach used next? In the gym, or on a sporting field somewhere?

AutoRegulation & RPE (Silent Mike)

Interesting area.



Interesting area.

Looking At : Apr 8, 2018

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 Mighty Atom' Movie

Finally getting a chance to watch this. Looks great.


Finally getting a chance to sit down and watch 'The Mighty Atom'.. Looks great. If you haven't seen it yet, you can grab it here (Amazon's 'Prime Video'). And to get you in the mood, check out the trailer :
'The Mighty Atom'.

Bench Press Tips (Silent Mike)

I love these videos - examining form and discussing possible improvements.



I love these videos - examining form and discussing possible improvements.

Looking At : Apr 1, 2018

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 DCT (Dynamic Contraction Technique) PROFLEX

Interesting device.


Interesting device. Tim Ferriss mentioned this one recently, and it's certainly an intriguing combination. Designed to enable stretching of the various muscles of the lower leg (to help prevent things like ankle sprains, as well as to correct and strengthen your feet/calves/knees); the DCT PROFLEX is a, well, take a look at the video :
The DCT PROFLEX.



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