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Scott Bird. Artwork by Vince Palko.
Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Looking At : Jun 26, 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.

Street Workout (Al and Danny Kavadlo)

Superb.


Superb. Street Workout is the latest offering from the wonderful Kavadlo brothers, and is certainly an extremely thorough covering of calisthenics work. The exercises themselves, underlying concepts and complete programs. If you're at all serious about bodyweight work, I can't recommend this highly enough. Fantastic read.

Juggling With A Punch

Chris 'Hairculese' Rider.



A quick way to open a few drinks.

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How They Got Started : Marco Pessoa

How the enigmatic Marco Pessoa got started.


The enigmatic Javad Ghassabi
The enigmatic Javad Ghassabi.
I love hearing everyones' fitness backgrounds, it's always fascinating to hear how someone got started. Here's how Javad Ghassabi began (and returned to) his own training journey. Scott

I had been working out for years in my athletic days but fell due to depression for several years, now I'm back lifting again but do not really have any heavy weights; only a pair of 17 pound dumbbells.

Being out for so long I am struggling to get my bodyfat and hormones in check. I love to lift, even do dumbbell cleans and snatches, but have no bench or barbells - I wish I had room for some.

I think my training sessions are not as effective but still get workouts in and do get a good sweat. I do sprinting on elliptical or outside after workout and burpees. My wife and I work together and I do try to teach her all the exercises learned from my sport days. Thank you and if you have suggestions on improving my training always grateful for suggestions or criticism.

Cheers Keith, greatly appreciated. Love hearing from people starting - or continuing - their training journey. It's a wonderful thing. I've got a few thoughts on how to go about fine-tuning things, as do a great many members of the community here I suspect. Will share them below, as well as in the Google+ area. NB : I'd also love to hear what everyone else would suggest for Keith. Leave a comment below, or over on Google+. Cheers.

Looking At : Jun 19, 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.

The FitSleep

Get to sleep, fast.



We've discussed a number of fitness devices over the years, including a few that keep track of your sleep. Here's another one to add to the ever-growing list - the FitSleep : indiegogo.com/projects/fitsleep-our-tracker-is-your-personal-lullaby--2# Nice and simple. Incidentally, my own routine is to use the MotionX app on my 'phone. Same idea - keeps track of how deeply asleep you are, and wakes you up when you're inbetween cycles (shortly before the time you set the alarm). Makes a huge difference.

Stability Ball Push Up Progressions (Brent Brookbush)

Nice one Brent.



Nice one Brent.

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Looking At : Jun 12, 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.

Roger Lawson's Upcoming Podcast

Get ready.


Sounds great. I love listening to (and watching, in some cases) a huge range of podcasts. To relax, to be entertained and of course to learn something specific. Wonderful things. Soon to re-join the ranks will be the inimitable Roger Lawson. No doubt he'll share the details on his blog/on Twitter/on Google+ an so on; in the meantime, here's a selection of audio he's done in the past : roglawfitness.com/audio-lovin Dive in.

100kg Two Hands Flask Pinch Lift (Jedd Johnson)

Nice one Jedd.



Nice one Jedd.

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