Welcome to the Gymchats

Talking about training, every week.


I love these discussions. They started back in February 2009 as a way to share, debate and learn a wealth of training-related information. In that time we've heard numerous ideas, tips and suggestions; and been pointed to some fascinating sites, apps, podcasts, books and equipment.

Thanks to everyone who's taken part - it really is appreciated.


Still, it always frustrated me a little that there's no easy way to point people to previous discussions. Unless you were there at the time, there wasn't a lot you could do.

Accordingly, we'll be moving these conversations to a platform that makes this sort of thing nice and painless : Google+.

Google+ (or just G+) offers a lot of advantages, both for the people who are there and those that can't make it at the time. Specifically :

And seeing as we're moving to Google, a new name is in order. I'll be running with 'Gymchats', as it isn't too much of a change and makes the subject matter pretty clear. The topics themselves will be exactly the same.

Incidentally, if you haven't used Google+ before and would like an invitation, I have a few left. Otherwise, swing by my profile and add me to one of your circles.


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The most recent discussion : How to Find a Personal Trainer

This was a very interesting look at the various things to consider when hiring a Personal Trainer, and the many benefits they can bring. Featuring interviewee Kirk 'Captain' Fontaine, we were also joined by New York-based Trainer Derek 'Body by D-Rock' Peruo.

Great conversation - and you'll find the entire transcript here.

To find out the details of next week's discussion as soon as they're announced, subscribe to the weekly newsletter. And to ask a question or share a comment in upcoming Gymchats, simply add Scott Bird to one of your Google+ circles.

See you there.

NB : parts of this article initially appeared in the Strength & Fitness Newsletter. You can sign up (free) here.


Scott Andrew Bird

Scott Andrew Bird is a writer, photographer and a guy who just loves this stuff. He's been at home in front of a computer for more years than he cares to remember (OK, 34) and is now making amends for years of many mistakes noted in the De-constructing Computer Guy articles (part 2) on T-Nation.

Find out what he's up to via Twitter, Google+, Facebook; and of course his online home. Enjoy.



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(there's also a Daily Update, if you're looking for an even larger dose of training-related goodness.)

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Look forward to hearing from you.


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