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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
If you ever wake up with that 'just run over by a truck' feeling, you need a copy of Tim Hull's Functional Correction Manual. Not only will it help you to locate and repair the problem, it'll help prevent it happening in the future.
When it comes to body transformation - whether that's an increase in strength, packing on a bit of muscle or losing a bit of excess fat - this is the perfect place to start. Dr Berardi's Precision Nutrition.
If you've ever watched a Bruce Lee film and marveled at his strength, speed, agility, endurance, flexibility or muscularity, this book should take pride of place in your collection. Unlike many other writings covering everything from Lee's training methods to nutrition, this book is based not on the recollections of people around him; but on Lee's own notes. Brilliant.
For a full list of what we're reading and watching at the moment, just head over to the Recommended Books & DVDs page. See you there.