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Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Looking Forward To : Sandbag Fitness - 150 High Intensity Workouts

Just got yourself a sandbag? Perfect.


Looks great. This one's exactly what the title suggests - 150 superb sandbag-focussed workouts. If you've just got yourself a sandbag (or are about to get one), this book is an excellent place to start. Full review when it launches - it hits the shelves on Aug 1st. Matt Palfrey's Sandbag Fitness: 150 High Intensity Workouts.

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 other training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Kettlebell Rowing Variations

Very interesting combinations.


Very interesting combinations.

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 : Jun 28, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'



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.

Checking Out : Strong Medicine - How to Conquer Chronic Disease And Achieve Your Full Genetic Potential

Looks great.


Looks great. Still working my way through the 'to read' pile. Next on the list - Dr Chris Hardy and Marty Gallagher's Strong Medicine. Can't wait to dive in. A brief comment by Paul Wade will help explain what the book promises to deliver :
Strong Medicine is flat-out amazing. If you ever wanted to take your training and your nutritional theory to an elite level--better than 99.9% of certified personal trainers--this is the book for you. It's all in here: genetics, gut bacteria, cutting-edge stress biology, molecular nutrition.
Full review shortly.

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 other training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Tutorial - Straight Arm Press to Handstand


Good stuff.

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 : Jun 21, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'



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.

Checking Out : Ignite the Fire

Looks great.


The list of books to read is still growing (and here's my Goodreads page if you'd like to add to it). Next up is Jonathan Goodman's Ignite the Fire. Looks great. Full review shortly.

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 other training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Multiplanar Skaters Exercise


Very interesting variations.

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 : Jun 14, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'



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.

Checking Out : Onnit 12kg Harpy Legend Bell

You know you want one.


A 12kg custom kettlebell designed to look like a 'Harpy' (if you're not into your Greek mythology, a harpy is a female monster in the form of a bird with a human face). Good stuff. Here's a brief clip of the bell in action :
Oh, and if you're wondering, why a 'Harpy'? The name means 'snatcher'.

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.




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