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20 of the Best : Fitness Blogs
Posted By Scott Bird
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Quite a few fitness and strength blogs have passed this way over the past couple of years; here’s a quick look at 20 of the best. Enjoy.

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  1. Under the Bar

    Although I’ve been building web sites for the past 9 years, it wasn’t until I came across Kris Lindqvist‘s Under the Bar that I realised a fitness blog could be such a wonderful resource. Featuring over 3 years worth of workout logs, photos, videos and superb writing – as well as a beautiful outdoor gym – this is the definitive workout blog. If you haven’t already seen it, head over there now.

    Grab the feed.

  2. Mark Reifkind

    Mark Reifkind.
  3. Rif’s Blog

    Kettlebells, conditioning and martial arts. A good one.

    Grab the feed.

  4. Ken Black

  5. The Other Side of Strength
    Kettlebells, grip work, strongman training, powerlifting – a great mix.

    Grab the feed.

  6. Muscle Ventures Podcasts - iTunes

  7. Muscle Ventures
    Muscle Ventures
    is a project started by Bud Gibson and Nancy Arnold, which is following their bodybuilding progress through various training regimes and competitions.
    Subscription (free) is available either from the site or within iTunes (a quick search for ‘muscle’ will track them down).

    Grab the feed.

  8. Chris Dorr

  9. Strength News
    Strength News is the online strength home of Iowa’s Chris Dorr, photographer, budding strongman and regular podcaster. Well worth checking out.

    Grab the feed.

  10. Lean and Hungry

  11. Lean and Hungry Fitness
    Jim Biancolo is a fitness enthusiast in every sense of the word. The title of one of his posts last year, Low-Tech, High-Effect (a link to a Ross Enamait video which itself is well worth downloading), neatly summarises his training philosphy.
    Definitely worth a read.

    Grab the feed.

  12. Tom Furman

  13. Physical Strategies
    An eclectic fitness and health mix, courtesy Tom Furman. Very interesting.

    Grab the feed.

  14. Smitty

  15. Diesel Crew blog
    If you’re into strongman feats, amazing grip strength and great articles you’re probably already familiar with the Diesel Crew. Take a wander over to their blog, pull up a chair and make yourself at home.

    Grab the feed.

  16. Vern Gambetta

  17. Functional Path Training
    Take a wander over to Functional Path Training, the blog of renowned sports and conditioning coach Vern Gambetta. There’s some fascinating stuff on there.

    Grab the feed.

  18. Sam Arsenault

  19. Tales from the Milk Drinker
    Fredericton‘s Sam Arsenault is defenitely a powerlifter and strongman to keep an eye on. Although originally scheduled to be a helper at a recent Strongman contest in the nearby Acadian Festival, he was quickly inspired to try out a few of the events and enter the contest himself. That’s enthusiasm.

    Grab the feed.

  20. Blaine Moore

  21. Run to Win
    If you enjoy running, you’ll love this. Blaine Moore discusses everything from training to injury recovery. A great read.

    Grab the feed.

  22. Stinn preparing to deadlift

  23. Stinn’s workout blog
    This is a great workout journal, detailing Canadian powerlifter Ryan Stinn’s increasing strength over the past 2 years. Videos and competition notes round out the picture. A very good read.
    Grab the feed

  24. Jamie deadlifting

  25. Blood and sweat
    This is very much a ‘from the trenches’ workout blog. Superb.

    Grab the feed.

  26. Vern Gambetta

  27. Iron Sport
    The Iron Sport Gym is the home-away-from-home of Steve and Joe Pulcinella, as well as a number of local weightlifters and powerlifters. The blog – as well as the gym itself – is definitely worth a look.

    Grab the feed.

  28. Ultimate physique

  29. Ultimate Health and Conditioning
    As he says on the site:

    This site is about functional strength, balance, agility, endurance, nutrition and general health. I’m not following a specific agenda. I’m not anti-supplement, or anti-weights, or anti-anything. I don’t give a shit how you get healthy and fit, just that you get there.

    Superb stuff. Well worth checking out.

    Grab the feed

  30. Ultimate physique

  31. Golf Fitness Boot Camp
    For those integrating golf and fitness, Brian’s site BKS Golf is an excellent start. His blog, which follows the progress of the BKS Golf fitness bootcamps, is also a great read.

    Grab the feed

  32. Neil McTeggart

  33. Neil McTeggart
    Check out the blog of Belfast personal trainer Neil McTeggart. As you can see from his training notes (bp:155kg sq: 180kg dl: 220kg) he knows what he’s doing.

    Grab the feed

  34. David Hinchliffe

  35. Harrow Drive
    Before the Australian cricket team makes amends for last season’s less-than-inspiring performance, check out the blog of cricket coach David Hinchliffe – Harrow Drive. Whilst a Harrow Drive (also known as a French Cut, particularly in this part of the world) is something you usually want to avoid, the site isn’t. Great stuff.
    Grab the feed

  36. Powerlifting Watch

  37. Powerlifting Watch
    Jon trawls the numerous powerlifting and bodybuilding forums so you don’t have to. Powerlifting Watch presents the threads that contain references to current events in the powerlifting world, questions on all things related to training or competition, and a splash of humour. A great site.

    Grab the feed

  38. ScrumTruk

  39. MyoQuip blog
    MyoQuip are makers of the superb ScrumTruk. If you’ve ever watched a game of Rugby, you’ll see how closely this replicates the action of a Scrum. If you’ve tried one of these, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Looks like a great bit of gear.

    Grab the feed

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