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Blast from the Past : Plate Exercises

Whilst weight plates are typically used in conjunction with various types of bars and machines, there are several great exercises using only the plates themselves. Here are just a few of the Plate Exercises we've looked at over the years.


Blast from the Past : Good Morning Variations

1,500lb rack pull
Fantastic exercise.
Whether it's for rehab, prevention or simply strength (these can really help your deadlift) - there's nothing quite like a dose of lower back work. Here are just a few of the Good Morning Variations we've looked at over the years.


Blast from the Past : Rope Training II

Rope Climbing in the Legion
Via Begin2Dig : Rope Climbing in the Legion
Over the past seven years this site's amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I'll be taking an occasional wander through the archives.

We first looked at Rope Training (in this series) almost 3 years ago. While the basic idea is very much the same, a couple of new exercise variations have cropped up since then. Here's another look at this wonderful form of training.

Blast from the Past : Ring Training II

Over the past seven years this site's amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I'll be taking an occasional wander through the archives.

We first looked at Ring Training (in this series) almost 3 years ago. While the basic idea is very much the same, a couple of new exercise variations have cropped up since then. Here's another look at this wonderful form of training.

Blast from the Past : Neck Training Methods

Whether it's for strength, safety or simply to look great in a suit - there's nothing quite like a spot of neck work. Here are just a few of the Neck Training Methods we've looked at over the years.

Blast from the Past : Kettlebell Training

I got my first kettlebell in June 2006, and have explored a number of weird and wonderful ways to put it to use. Here are a few of my favourites.

Blast from the Past : DIY Equipment II

We've seen a number of new DIY items since last year's roundup, and here are just a few of my favourites.


Blast from the Past : Suspension Training

I love incorporating suspension training into my bodyweight workouts - particularly when travelling. Just hook it up and go. Here's a sample of the many varieties of suspension work we've looked at over the years.

Blast from the Past : Getting Over It - Chin-ups & Pull-ups

Weighted Chin
Serious weighted chins. Superb.
For as long as I can remember, I've loved doing chin-ups. Monkey Bars in the school playground, the backs of doors and of course the power rack. Here are just a few of the many varieties of chins and pull-ups we've looked at over the years.

Blast from the Past : Squat Variations

Looking for a way to switch up your leg workouts - while still keeping them focused on all the beauty that is the squat? Here are just a few of the squat variations we've looked at over the years.


Blast from the Past : Recovery Methods

If Bill's post on Contrast Baths got you thinking about your recovery work, you're not alone. Here are just a few of the other recovery techniques we've looked at over the years.


Blast from the Past : Sledgehammer Training

Hammerman
Lawrence 'Slim The Hammerman' Farman.
I love doing all kinds of levering work, and one of my favourite tools is the humble sledgehammer. Here are just a few of the ways we've seen sledgehammer training performed over the years.

Blast from the Past : The Forgotten Lifts II

Joe Nordquest
Shoulder Bridge (precursor of Bench Press) by Joe Nordquest. Photo from Alan Calvert’s Super Strength, via Tom Black.
I've been getting some great feedback following the first instalment of The Forgotten Lifts, with most people seeking a few more. Keep your training alive with a few of these.


Blast from the Past : Card Tearing

Card Tearing Anyone?Over the past five years this site's amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I'll be taking a wander through the archives each Sunday. This week - Card Tearing. If the Card Tearing...

Blast from the Past : Dip Variations

When it comes to bodyweight training, dips are a staple (throw in a few sets after your presses and you'll understand why). Here are just a few of my favourite variations of this wonderful exercise.

Blast from the Past : Incredible World Records

For as long as I can remember I've been interested in the many ways in which people push themselves to the limit. Here are just a few of the incredible world records we've seen set - and broken - over the years.

Blast from the Past : Chains

Despite the noise (or perhaps because of it), I love training with chains. Here's a look at several ways to do just that.

Blast from the Past : Unusual Equipment - Treadmills

Nursery Treadmill
For parents who think kids should exercise rather than play - Gymkids.
Over the past five years this site's amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I'll be taking a wander through the archives each Sunday.
This week - Unusual Equipment - Treadmills.

There's certainly some unusual workout equipment on the market (just take a look at the many varieties of rowed tricycles), and treadmills are no exception. Here are a few of the more creative versions we've looked at over the years.


Blast from the Past : Tire Training

Kat's new toy.Over the past five years this site's amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I'll be taking a wander through the archives each Sunday. This week - Tire Training. They're often free, and...

Blast from the Past : Might As Well Jump

Whether you enjoy a solid dose of bodyweight training, swinging a kettlebell or shifting some serious iron there's a jump variation just waiting for you.

Blast from the Past : Indoor Climbing

Climbing Wall Construction.Over the past four years this site's amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I'll be taking a wander through the archives each Sunday. This week - Indoor Climbing. Ever thought about building...

Blast from the Past : Burpee Variations

As great as the humble burpee is, sometimes it's fun to switch things up a bit. Here are several ways to do just that.

Blast from the Past : Sandbag Training

I love sandbag workouts, and over the years we've looked at a number of aspects to this wonderful form of training. Here are just a few of my personal favourites.

Blast from the Past : Kettlebells

Over the years we've looked at kettlebell training from a number of angles - what kettlebells are (and where to get them), a range of exercises (both common and somewhat unusual), technique and injury prevention. Here are just a few of my personal favourites.

Blast from the Past : Hand Strength - Grip, Bending and Tearing

Scroll
Scrollwork.
Over the past four years this site's amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I'll be taking a wander through the archives each Sunday.
This week - Hand Strength - Grip, Bending and Tearing.