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StrongerGrip PUGS (Push Up Globe Spikes)

Make push-ups a little more of a challenge.


These look great. For several years now I've been using the 'Warrior T' Push-up Handles (same basic idea), with no problems at all. Love 'em. The StrongerGrip PUGS (Push Up Globe Spikes) are a slightly different shape, though with the same goal in mind - to make push-ups a little more of a challenge. In particular, the wrist plays a much bigger role. I'll post a few thoughts shortly, and I'm also keen to hear from others who try them out. The StrongerGrip PUGS (Push Up Globe Spikes).

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Tutorial : The Hook Grip

Painful for a while, stronger for your entire life.




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Looking At : May 15, 2016

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



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

CrossCore® Hardcore

The incredible power of suspension training.


This looks great. CrossCore® Hardcore by Marty Gallagher and Dr Chris Hardy is a wonderful introduction to suspension training, showing how to get the most from this remarkable tool. It's an ideal way to train when you're travelling, or when you simply don't have access to machines and free weights. NB : The suspension trainer used in the book is the CrossCore System. If you've already got something similar, use that. If not, you can grab the CrossCore System here : http://www.dragondoor.com/cc001 Great thing.

Body Fat Testing Using Hydrostatic Weighing

Great demonstration.



Great demonstration of the hydrostatic method - by far the most accurate approach.

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Looking At : May 8, 2016

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



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

Fit Biz Magazine - The Magazine for Fitness Business Owners

Love your work? Learn how to keep doing it.


This looks superb. Fit Biz Magazine is both a physical and digital magazine, focused squarely on the 'running a fitness business' side of things. Whether that's a gym, an online offering or a regular gathering in a local park. Created by the incredible Mark de Grasse (and if you don't know Mark's training approach, here's a peek at one of his own workouts to give you an idea), it's promising indeed. To find out more - and to grab the first issue - swing by the project's Kickstarter page : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fitbizmag/fit-biz-magazine-the-magazine-for-fitness-business Fit Biz Magazine.

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here. And if you're looking for the full list of the training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Spinal Anti-Extension Strength

What it is, and how to build it.



What it is, and how to build it.

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Looking At : May 1, 2016

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



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

Virtual Care Course

Learn how to offer your services remotely.



This is a very interesting area - Virtual Care. Think 'top-ups' rather than the main visit; for GPs, sports therapists, physios and so on.



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