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Video for Gymchat 252 - Alpha Aesthetics (Personal Development In The 21st Century with Omar Atlas)

Ready to become number one?

Thanks again to everyone who watched and joined in the discussion Gymchat 252 - Alpha Aesthetics (Personal Development In The 21st Century) [with Physique Coach Omar 'Bromar' Atlas 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.



Misses Are Just Warm-ups


Excellent way of looking at it Jedd.


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 : Jul 20, 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.


The Kennedy Lift

The Kennedy Lift
The Kennedy Lift.
One of the lifts that Warren Lincoln Travis included in his 'Challenge to the World' - the Kennedy Lift. A partial Jefferson Lift, performed here with the aid of a Hand and Thigh Bar attached to a regular bar. Love it.


Muscle-Ups For Reps

Nice one.


Nice one. btw, if you're currently unable to do them, here's the basic progression.


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.


Gymchat 252 - Alpha Aesthetics (Personal Development In The 21st Century with Omar Atlas)

Ready to become number one?

How do you become the 'alpha dog' - the leader of the pack? And how do you use strength training to do it? This week we're exploring this enigmatic area - the intersection of bodybuilding and personal development. Tackling this is the wonderful Omar 'Bromar' Atlas, joined by Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Omar and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Hangout and ask them directly. 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 : Jul 13, 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.


Maximum Functional Mass

Superb. If you watched the Gymchat last week, you'll know exactly what to expect. Bud Jeffries shares some truly incredible information. We'll post a full review shortly, but in the meantime, here's a piece from Bud's own site to help explain what Maximum Functional Mass's all about :
The first in our new series on how to build muscles - Large muscles! Powerful muscles! Muscles that can do more than they look like they can do. Muscles that actually work, not just look impressive.
Maximum Functional Mass.


Gymchat 252 - The Power of Mental Strength (Dru Patrick)

Think about it.

UPDATE (9 Jul 2014) :

Unfortunately a connectivity issue got in the way of this one, so we've rescheduled it (full details shortly). Apologies for that.

Scott


How important is it to be mentally strong? Does it help you gain physical strength? This week we'll be looking closely at the area of Mental Strength - explaining exactly what it is, how it impacts physical strength and how to go about acquiring some. Helping us tackle this fascinating area is Powerlifter Dru Patrick - Powerlifting Instructor at Crossfit Gulf Coast - together with Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Dru and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Hangout and ask them directly. 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.

Details -

Who : Powerlifter Dru Patrick, Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett, and You Topic : The Power of Mental Strength When : Wednesday Jul 9, 8:00pm EDT (the Event page shows what time that is in your local timezone). How : Watch the live stream, join the hangout (just add Josh to one of your circles, and he'll send you the URL when the Hangout starts), or jump in the Q&A on the Event page itself. We'll also post the full video shortly after the Gymchat.


Pec Poppin' Pushups

Pushups with a twist.


Nice one Joe.


Looking At : Jul 6, 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 251 - Gaining Maximum Functional Muscle Mass (Bud Jeffries)

Gain size, gain strength.

Thanks again to everyone who watched and joined in the discussion Gymchat 251 - Gaining Maximum Functional Muscle Mass [with Performing Strongman Bud Jeffries 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 251 - Gaining Maximum Functional Muscle Mass (Bud Jeffries)

Gain size, gain strength.

What's the relationship between size and strength? How much muscle mass do you need to add to get seriously strong, and at what point does it actually work against you? This week we'll be tackling this enigmatic area with the incredible Bud Jeffries, who I first saw performing in 2006 (he was tackling a bottom-up-squat with an insane 1,000lb).
Joining Bud is Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Bud and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Hangout and ask them directly. 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.

Details -

Who : Performing Strongman Bud Jeffries, Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett, and You Topic : Gaining Maximum Functional Muscle Mass When : Wednesday Jul 2, 8:00pm EDT (the Event page shows what time that is in your local timezone). How : Watch the live stream, or join the hangout (get your questions ready), directly on the Event page. We'll also post the full video shortly after the Gymchat.


Personal Trainer Magazine

Looks great. Although I'm not a Personal Trainer myself, I'm very much interested in the world of fitness. From both the client and business sides of things. With that in mind, I'm certainly intrigued by John Spencer Ellis' Personal Trainer Magazine. Available in both PDF and Kindle forms (same content, it's just personal preference), I'll be checking it out tonight. Review soon. Personal Trainer Magazine.


The Pass Around


Nice one.


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 : Jun 29, 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 250 - Serious Training for Ignored Populations (Bill Kociaba)

Training everyone.

Thanks again to everyone who watched and joined in the discussion Gymchat 250 - Serious Training for Ignored Populations [with Personal Trainer & Massage Therapist Bill Kociaba 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 250 - Serious Training for Ignored Populations (Bill Kociaba)

Training everyone.

This is a fascinating area, and quite possibly one you haven't spent much time thinking about - strength training for the blind, those in wheelchairs and anyone else with reasonably uncommon requirements. On this week's show we'll be talking to Personal Trainer & Massage Therapist Bill Kociaba - who himself is completely blind. Bill teaches exercise classes via the Blind Cafe online community, runs his own gym and promotes a number of bodybuilding shows.
Joining him is Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Bill and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Hangout and ask them directly. 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.

Details -

Who : Personal Trainer & Massage Therapist Bill Kociaba, Personal Trainer and Strength Athlete Josh Hewett, and You Topic : Serious Training for Ignored Populations When : Wednesday Jun 26, 8:00pm EDT (the Event page shows what time that is in your local timezone). How : Watch the live stream, or join the hangout (get your questions ready), directly on the Event page. We'll also post the full video shortly after the Gymchat.


Adam Glass' Flag Progress, May - Jun 2014


This video says a lot about Adam Glass - incredible tenacity and experimentation. Good stuff.


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 : Jun 22, 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 : Week Ending Jun 15, 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.


Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

Looks great.

Looks great. This is the one that Brian mentioned in the Gymchat last week (and if you're wondering how it relates to strength-training, he explains it here) - Chip & Dan Heath's Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. Although it's been out for a while now, I missed it the first time around and am definitely looking forward to diving in (I read their previous work a few years ago, and they're great writers). Full review shortly. Chip & Dan Heath's Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.


Coach B and the Dip

Good stuff Mike.


Good stuff Mike.


Looking At : Week Ending Jun 8, 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 248 - Establishing Standards for Strength & Progressions (Brian Tabor)

How you you begin? How do you progress?

Thanks again to everyone who watched and joined in the discussion Gymchat 248 - Establishing Standards for Strength & Progressions [with Personal Trainers (and Strength Athletes) Brian Tabor and 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 248 - Establishing Standards for Strength & Progressions (Brian Tabor)

How you you begin? How do you progress?

When you begin strength training, what sorts of things should you assess? As you become stronger, how do you go about progressing things - the types of lifts you do, and the weights you expect to shift? This week we're talking about these key areas, from both the clients' and trainers' points of view. Tackling these are Personal Trainers (and Strength Athletes) Brian Tabor and Josh Hewett. Fantastic.


Paleo Breakfast

What does breakfast look like when you're Paleo? This.


Curious : what do you currently eat for breakfast? Cereals, this sort of thing or something else entirely?


Looking At : Week Ending Jun 1, 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.


Raw Series, Back - Seated Cable Row

Interesting look at the many subtle variations possible with the Seated Cable Row. Nice one.


Looking At : Week Ending May 25, 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 247 - The Power of Visualization (Jen Mulhall)

Thanks again to everyone who watched and joined in the discussion Gymchat 247 - The Power of Visualization [with Personal Trainers (and Strength Athletes) Jen Mulhall and 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.


Leg Press Foot Position


Love the Leg Press. Curious : where do you place your feet when you do it, or when you're doing squats? How far apart, and what sort of angle?


The Amazing Samson

Looks great. Alexander Zass' The Amazing Samson is another of the superb resources noted in Gymchat 237, with Logan Christopher and Josh Hewett. And as with the 'Görner the Mighty' book we noted at the time, I haven't read it for many, many years. Certainly keen to dive in this time around. The book details Zass' life and feats, both in training and in his various performances. Fantastic.


Gymchat 247 - The Power of Visualization (Jen Mulhall)

There's a PR up for grabs. Just before you begin the lift, what do you say to yourself? What are you thinking about? This week we'll be discussing the incredible power of Visualisation, and how it can help in this exact situation. Whether you're looking to break your own record, or beat the competition. Taking us through the entire process - and sharing their own experiences on what works, and what doesn't - are Personal Trainers (and Strength Athletes) Jen Mulhall and Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Jen and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Hangout and ask them directly. 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.

Details -

Who : Personal Trainers (and Strength Athletes) Jen Mulhall and Josh Hewett, and You Topic : The Power of Visualization When : Wednesday May 22, 8:00pm EDT (the Event page shows what time that is in your local timezone). How : Watch the live stream, or join the hangout (get your questions ready), directly on the Event page. We'll also post the full video shortly after the Gymchat.


Looking At : Week Ending May 18, 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.


Upcoming Gymchat : Online Training

One of the upcoming Gymchats (our weekly show on strength training) will be discussing the various types of Online Training. With existing clients, or with people you've never met. If you currently offer online training services and would like to be on the panel, just drop Josh (Personal Trainer, Strength Athlete and the show's Moderator) a note and we'll sort out the details. Cheers. Incidentally, if you've never seen the show and would simply like to check one out, here's a complete list : straighttothebar.com/gymchats/links Great discussions.


Looking At : Week Ending May 11, 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 246 - The Pursuit of a HUGE Deadlift (Craig Bongelli)

Time to get serious.

Thanks again to everyone who watched and joined in the discussion Gymchat 246 - The Pursuit of a HUGE Deadlift [with Strongman and Strength Coach Craig Bongelli, joined by Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett, Strength Coach Frank DiMeo and Strength Coach Nassim Jebran] - 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 246 - The Pursuit of a HUGE Deadlift (Craig Bongelli)

Time to get serious.

Love the deadlift. Incredible exercise.
There's plenty of information around which explains the basics, and how you can increase your PR by a plate or two. Question is, what happens then? How do you go from 'better than average' to freakishly strong? Discussing this area in obsessive detail is Strongman and Strength Coach Craig Bongelli, together with Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett. Fantastic. NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Craig and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Hangout and ask them directly. 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 : Week Ending May 4, 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.


Bruce Lee - The Evolution of a Martial Artist

Tommy Gong's Bruce Lee - The Evolution of a Martial Artist. Fantastic.


Video for Gymchat 245 - Grip Strength (Jedd Johnson)

Fantastic.

Gymchat 245

Thanks again to everyone who watched and sent in questions for the discussion Gymchat 245 - Feats of Strength (Grip Strength) [with the insanely strong 'Napalm' Jedd Johnson, joined by 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.


BUR Barbell Advertisement

This morning I stumbled across a 1949 advertisement for the incredible BUR Barbell Company. Enjoy.


Looking At : Week Ending Apr 27, 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.


New Straight to the Bar T-Shirt : 'Circus Strongman'

Feels great.

As long-term readers will attest, we've commissioned a number of T-Shirt designs over the years, and we've just added a new one - you can grab it here. Feels great. We're really keen to hear your thoughts (on the design, the packaging and the shirt itself); either leave a comment below or join us over on the Straight to the Bar Community on Google+. Cheers.
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Gymchat 245 - Feats of Strength (Grip Strength) (Jedd Johnson)

Fantastic.

Sitting firmly at the heart of many forms of training is Grip Strength. Whether you're a Performing Strongman, Competitive Athlete or anyone who enjoys spending a bit of time with the iron.
In this discussion we'll be investigating two key aspects of grip work - the various feats you'll occasionally see, and grip training in general. Tackling these is the insanely strong Jedd Johnson, joined by Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett. Fantastic. NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Jedd and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Q&A (during the discussion itself). 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 : Week Ending Apr 20, 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.


Improving Your Pull-ups (Frank DiMeo)

Good stuff. I'm a huge fan the various forms of pull-ups, and the Gymchat last week was certainly an excellent exploration of the area. Nice one guys. Improving Your Pull-ups is one of the many superb resources mentioned in the discussion. This is the Kindle edition of Frank's own book on the subject, outlining a 12 week program that does exactly what the title suggests. And in no small way. Highly recommended.


Looking At : Week Ending Apr 13, 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 243 - How to Improve Your Pull Ups (Frank DiMeo)

Ready to get better? Great.

Thanks again to everyone who watched and sent in questions for the discussion Gymchat 243 - How to Improve Your Pull Ups [with Strength Coach Frank DiMeo, joined by 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.




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