Thanks again to everyone who watched and took part in the discussion Gymchat 213 (Roundtable) - How to get BIGGER and STRONGER - much appreciated. If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video.
Josh Hewett.Thanks again to everyone who watched and took part in the discussion Gymchat 211 - Training Approaches (Roundtable) [with 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.
Elite Recoup contains Branch Chain Amino Acids and complex of B vitamins. While formulated to reduce muscle soreness and shorten recovery time between workouts, I found this easy-to-use powder equally effective as a pre-workout stimulant thanks to the addition of Citrulline Malate. My favorite pre-workout cocktail includes 5g of high-quality creatine mixed with 2 scoops of Elite Recoup. We give it: ★★★★☆.
Under Armour E39 Compression Shirt. Image via Wired Magazine.Over the past couple of years we've seen a number of unusual ideas in the 'workout clothing' space; some of them a little more promising than others. The obvious question : where's it all going?
Straight to the Bar Strength-Training Resources 2012.We've noted a number of superb resources - books, DVDs, equipment, workshops and sites - in the newsletter this year. Here are a few personal favourites.
Matt Hunt.UPDATE : Unfortunately we've had to reschedule our discussion on Arm Training, apologies for that. I'll announce the new details in a week or so.
This week we'll be talking about an issue that I'm particularly keen to dive into personally, and if you're a fan of grip work then you're undoubtedly in the same boat. We'll be discussing Recovery Work for the Hands.
Intermittent Fasting Books.Quick reminder : we've noted a number of nutritional tweaks over the years - everything from minor adjustments to major lifestyle changes.
In this week's Gymchat we'll be taking a close look at just one of these changes - the idea of Intermittent Fasting. What it is, and why it may be something to consider. And naturally, if you've got any questions on IF or your own experiences, we'll be more than happy to go through as many as possible.
Join us for Gymchat 170 - Intermittent Fasting.
NB : if you'd like to be interviewed in an upcoming discussion, we'd love to hear from you. It's great to find out how other people train.
And if you'd like to add your comments and suggestions on the Gymchats in general, you can do that here. Cheers.
setting up a home gym?
If you're getting ready to put together a solid Home Gym (fantastic thing), here's how.
When your spouse/sibling/friend is ready to 'get in shape' (or they already are), what do you get them?
No matter what sort of training they're in to, we've got a few suggestions. And if you're looking for something specific, we'll help you find out where to get it. Just leave a comment on any of the posts listed below.
There are a number of articles that may help you in your quest. Specifically :
To help run all of these sites, we're on the lookout for several additional Moderators. To welcome new community members, bring up new items to discuss and generally keep the conversations on track.
If you're already spending a bit of time at any of the above sites, and would like to offer your services as a Moderator, just drop us a line. And thanks for that, it really is appreciated.
in the wild
It’s always great to see how other people train.
If you’d like to send in a photo of yourself in action (wearing one of the Straight to the Bar Shirts of course - the latest design is here), just upload it somewhere and send us a link. Cheers.
the future of fitness
Over the years we’ve looked at the fitness industry from a number of angles - discussing the history, present approaches and potential future trends involved. Fascinating areas.
When it comes to the last part - discussing potential future trends - things get a little, well, unusual. If it’s an interest you share, or you just want to find out the types of things we think are likely, check out the posts tagged ‘Futurism’. And of course, Gymchat 224 (Roundtable) - The Future of Fitness. Superb discussion.
Jim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength (2nd Edition).Looks good.
Although it's not out for a while yet (Oct 12), I'm keen to check out the 2nd Edition of Jim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength.
I'll certainly be posting a review shortly after it becomes available; in the meantime, a couple of brief comments from the first edition of the book :
Readers will appreciate the combination of plain facts and expert advice. Anyone looking to build muscle mass will appreciate this thorough, no-nonsense guide to proper strength-training technique.
The book is very well written, and provides a complete, precise set of tables throughout the chapters that allow the novice or advanced bodybuilder or strength athlete to start using proven exercises/techniques to improve their appearance and/or performance. The "Rating" matrices of Time/Length/Difficulty/Results alone were, for me, worth the price of the book.
Jim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength. Good stuff.
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.