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My Home Gym Story

I've been working out for quite some time now and have spent quite a bit of time in local gyms and commercial gyms when I've been away from home. The thing about commercial gyms and membership facilities is that they are not in the most convenient place you know, your home.

Gymchat 165 - Use What's Around You

Quick reminder : in this week's Gymchat we'll be discussing the various ways to train when you simply don't have the equipment available. Join us for Use What's Around You.

A Word of Advice for Training : The Importance of Fundamentals

Understanding the basics.

Gymchat 161 - Belts, Wraps & Straps

Padded Lifting Straps
Altus Athletic Padded Lifting Straps. Photo via Amazon.
Quick reminder : in this week's Gymchat we'll be discussing the various protective/assitive devices available - the Belts, Wraps & Straps - when & how to use them, and what role (if any) they play in your training. See you there.

Looking At : Week Ending Mar 11, 2012

During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Forums and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Fitness Monitoring : Upcoming Nike Sensor Shoes

Near the end of the latest episode of This Week in Google (video below, about 1h15m in), Jeff Jarvis discusses the recently released Nike Fuelband and some of the upcoming Nike footwear products. These shoes will incorporate the same shared fitness data ideas as the Fuelband, or something like the FitBit. Will be very interesting to see how products like this are used (by athletes of all types, professional and amateur) over the next few years.

Mizuno Wave Enigma Running Shoes Review

I've got a great new pair of shoes for you guys to try out if your in to running. I got a pair of Mizuno's brand new line of shoes the Wave Enigma.

7 Health & Fitness Monitoring Devices

This week we'll be holding part II of the 'Future of Fitness' twitterchat (if you missed Part I, there's a brief summary here).
Ahead of the discussion - which will be featuring the insights of Personal Trainer Kirk Fontaine - I've compiled a list of several relevant gadgets that are currently on the market. I invite you to leave a comment below, and tell us about your own experiences with them (and any others that you've come across); and to join us for the twitterchat. Really looking forward to it.

Don't Sweat The White Stuff: Chalkless Chalk Reviewed

Chalk is awesome. We use it all the time to keep our hands dry and improve our grip. It's used in competition and in training alike, and it's the reason many of us have hit the PRs we have.

Review : The Rotater

The Rotater is a brilliant thing.

Controlled Swinging and 50lb Sledge

Man, I want one of these. Ryan shows off the new loadable sledge (up to 50lb). Excellent.

Vew-Do Progression Fit

Here's an unusual take on the balance board concept - Vew-Do's Progression Fit....

Blob50 and York Legacy

Blob50 and York Legacy Blobs. A Blob50 and a York Legacy head (from a 45kg bell) side-by-side. Photo courtesy grip aficionado Alfie Page....

Bugs Bunny Dumbbell

This is the funniest thing I've seen all day - the Bugs Bunny Dumbbell from Swager Strength. Love it....

The Fitness Cube

The Fitness Cube.Via Inventor Spot : a fold-out resistance setup in a 20" box. The Fitness Cube....

Pumgo Pedal-Powered Scooter

Via Healthbolt : not sure about the name, but it's an interesting idea. The Pumgo pedal-powered scooter....


FINIS AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor for Swimmers

Via Gizmag : this is a very interesting device - a heart rate monitor for use while you're swimming. The FINIS AquaPulse.

Bruce White's 'Cricket Ball with Bar Through It'

Ryan pointed me to this post on Oldtime Strongman which show's Bruce White's superb grip tool, essentially a holed cricket ball on a dumbbell handle. For a modern-day version, check out the Strongergrip Grip Bells. Brilliant things....

DIY: How to Build an Olympic Weightlifting Platform

Completed Olympic Weightlifting platform
Homemade Lifting Platform. Love it.
This is an easy design for an eight-foot square platform that will stand up to your heavy weightlifting for a long time to come. Protect your floor, your weights, and your knees by lifting at home on a proper training platform.

Jacob's Ladder

Here's another interesting piece of equipment from this year's IHRSA convention, the Jacob's Ladder. Wouldn't mind trying one....

Grabbing it By The Horns

Ryan demonstrates the Gut Wrench Bullhorns. Looks great....

The SpeedFit New Speedboard

This is a very interesting idea - a curved, non-motorised treadmill....

Unbreakable Fitness Video Tour

Want to see a great collection of grip toys? Just take a look at the Unbreakable Fitness gym. Nice one....

Swinging the Bulava-Mace

The Bulava in action. Good stuff....