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Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Luft Qi (Portable Air Purifier)

Interesting idea (though I do have a few questions ... ).


Interesting idea (though I do have a few questions ... ). In particular - range (I'd love to use something like this in the gym, without carrying it around from one station to the next); and effectiveness for various types of pollutants. As for the item itself, a spot of video :
The Luft Qi Portable Air Purifier.

Meathead Meal Prep (Brian Shaw)

Interesting look at some of the regular meal prep (the meat) for a competing Strongman.



Interesting look at some of the regular meal prep (the meat) for a competing Strongman.

Looking At : May 13, 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.

Bala Bangles (Wearable Weights)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. Although I'd usually like something a little heavier, the 'wearable weight' approach would be ideal for several things. To give you an idea of what I mean by 'wearable weight', a bit of video :
Bala Bangles.

100 Push Ups A Day (THENX)

Great way to get a few push-ups in.



Good way to get a few push-ups in (100 in this case) - different varieties, multiple sets.

Looking At : May 6, 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.

Professional Heavy Duty Abdominal Roller

The 'King of Ab Wheels'.


Looks great. Serious about your ab work? Check out the Professional Heavy Duty Abdominal Roller - the 'King of Ab Wheels'. Good fun. NB : if you've never used an ab roller (aka 'ab wheel'), the basic idea is described here.

Using DIY Strongman Equipment with Clients (Alan Thrall)

Very interesting area (and yes, I agree entirely).



Very interesting area (and yes, I agree entirely).

Looking At : Apr 29, 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.

Perk (Caffeine Bracelet)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The Perk is caffeine-laden wearable which delivers a set amount of caffeine (via a patch) gradually. Looks ideal for the pre-workout caffeine hit, particularly when travelling (or whenever a cup of coffee simply isn't available). A spot of video :
The Perk.



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