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Scott Bird. Artwork by Vince Palko.
Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Looking At : Dec 4, 2016

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.

Dragon Door Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale

Great time to stock up.


Great time of year. As you've doubtless noticed, there are a lot of Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales on at this time of year. On all kinds of things. Of course, that makes it an ideal time to add an item or two to the Home Gym - or to build one from scratch. With that in mind, check out the offering from Dragon Door : dragondoor.com. Just add the code BFCM2016 at checkout, for a 10% discount on everything you buy. Good stuff.

Climbing, Carrying and Dragging

A combination of Hill Climbing, Carrying and Dragging. In a weighted vest.



A combination of Hill Climbing, Carrying and Dragging. In a weighted vest.

Looking At : Nov 27, 2016

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 New Primal Blueprint

Ready to sort out your diet?


This looks great. I absolutely loved the original, and to say it's filled with life-changing information is no exaggeration at all. Fantastic book. The New Primal Blueprint is the updated version, combining the same overarching theme with an additional 6 years of research. If you've ever read Marks Daily Apple (great site), you'll appreciate how extensive and detailed this can be. Definitely one to check out - whether you read the original, or are new to the Primal approach. The New Primal Blueprint.

Rolling Thunder Pull-Ups

Great way to challenge your grip.



Great way to challenge your grip.

Looking At : Nov 20, 2016

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.

StrongerGrip Golden Grips

Great combination.


These sound great. The Golden Grips are certainly unusual things. Similar idea to the 'Big Red', only with hooks (for an extra dose of grip work). Check out the main page to see what I mean : StrongerGrip Golden Grips.

Meet Kristin Pope (Juggernaut Weightlifting)

'Cut as little as possible'.



'Cut as little as possible'. Agree entirely.

Looking At : Nov 13, 2016

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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