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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 StrongerGrip Leviathan

Wonderful combination.


This looks great. The Leviathan is a wonderful combination - a water-fillable Mace to make your leverage work even more challenging. And yes, it's made-to-measure. You'll find the details over on the StrongerGrip site, but the picture at left will give you an idea of what to expect. Custom, hand-made and supremely tough. The StrongerGrip Leviathan.

Road to the Arnold 2017 -- Hafthor Björnsson

The insanely strong Hafthor Björnsson.



The insanely strong Hafthor Björnsson.

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 : Feb 19, 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 Matrix PowerWatch

Great combination.


Great combination. The Matrix PowerWatch is a fitness tracker/smartwatch that's powered by body heat. Go for a run, record your session and recharge the battery. A bit of video to show you what I mean :
These'll be shipping later this year. Very keen to try one.

Squat School | Hip Structure and Squat Technique

Extremely thorough explanation.



Extremely thorough explanation. Love it.
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 : Feb 12, 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.

Indestructible Elbows

Looks great.


Looks great.
Indestructible Elbows is an updated version of 'Napalm' Jedd Johnson's wonderful 2013 offering, comprising several sample workouts and techniques which can be applied to your own. It even includes video demonstrations of several particularly unusual movements. Full review coming up shortly (I'm about to dive into this one myself); in the meantime, check out the details over on the book's sales page. Indestructible Elbows.

Fixing the 'Knees cave in when squatting' Problem

Nice one guys.



Nice one guys.
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 : Feb 5, 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.

Monkii Bars 2

Looks great.


I was chatting to someone this morning about training when travelling, and he pointed to this - the Monkii Bars 2 :
Looks great.



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