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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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The Concept2 BikeErg

Looks good.


Was talking to someone about this just a few hours ago - the Concept2 BikeErg. Looks good. I'll be trying it out as soon as it's available here (early next year). In the meantime, a bit of video to show you what's on offer :
The Concept2 BikeErg.

Deadlift Tips with Ben Pollack

Nice one.



Nice one.

Looking At : Aug 13, 2017

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 HearScope Smartphone Otoscope

Very interesting combination.



Very interesting combination - a smartphone-connected otoscope which makes use of artificial intelligence software to help you understand what you're looking at. Promising indeed. Look forward to learning more, particularly the online storage and sharing aspects. And of course, how well it integrates into other health monitoring tools and services. The HearScope Smartphone Otoscope.

How To Squat

Nice one Alan.



Nice one Alan.

Looking At : Aug 6, 2017

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 Torch M1

Great idea.


Love this concept - an incredibly bright helmet-mounted light for cyclists. To see, and to be seen. Simple idea - the video shows how everything works : The Torch M1.

Bodyweight Reverse Hyperextension

Great idea.



Nice one.

Dark Chocolate: The Delicious Way to Improve Your Physique and Performance

The many health benefits of this wonderful product.


Raw cacao nibs
Raw cacao nibs. Photo by kevindooley.
Chocolate has come a long way. When Hernán Cortés discovered the Aztec civilization, King Montezuma welcomed him with a banquet. Part of the spread was a bitter drink that he described as only suitable for pigs.

Looking At : Jul 30, 2017

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.



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