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Scott Bird. Artwork by Vince Palko.
Yes, I love the deadlift.
If you’ve just joined us, welcome. Here you’ll find everything that grunts, groans and ticks in the world of strength training. In short, this site is the home of all things strength.


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Dreamlight Sleep Mask

Looks good.


Looks good. It's a fascinating area (sleep-assistants in general), and the form factor of this one certainly appeals - an eye mask. The Dreamlight uses a combination of light/sound/basic genetic knowledge to help determine how deeply you're sleeping at any point, and wake you when you're at the lightest point - close to the alarm time of course. For a bit of a look at the device itself, a spot of video : The Dreamlight Sleep Mask.

Hosting A Strongman Competition

Nice one Alan.



Nice one Alan.

Looking At : Feb 18, 2018

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.

SitTight - Balanced Active Sitting Chair

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea - a purposely unstable chair (think chair + balance board). A spot of video will show you what I mean :
Keen to try one out. The SitTight - Balanced Active Sitting Chair.

How To Press Things Overhead (Stones, Barbell, Logs etc)

Great tutorial.



Great tutorial.

Looking At : Feb 11, 2018

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.

Steve Pulcinella's Iron Sport Strength Method [Kindle Edition]

Great read.


Just noticed that there's now a kindle version of Steve Pulcinella's wonderful Iron Sport Strength Method. If you've never checked this one out, you're in for a treat. It's a great read. The book is a summary of the insights Steve has gleaned from 30 years of training, and is an incredible blend of bodybuilding/powerlifting/strongman/highland games training approaches. Steve Pulcinella's Iron Sport Strength Method.

Ronnie Coleman on Surgeries

From 'Nothin But A Podcast'. Great show.



A snippet from 'Nothin But A Podcast' with Derek Ciocca, this is a wonderful discussion of a gym injury and subsequent surgeries.

Looking At : Feb 4, 2018

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.

PiCO Air Quality Monitor

Looks great.


This is certainly an area of interest - air quality monitoring - and this offering looks great. A small, smartphone-connected device, the PiCO is ideal for measuring the air quality both indoors and out. For a look at the device itself, a spot of video :
The PiCO Air Quality Monitor.



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