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Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Looking At : May 21, 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.

Get Strong

Looks great.


Get Strong is a 16-Week Calisthenics Program by the superb Kavadlo brothers. Aimed squarely at the true beginner, it's a progressive course to take someone from 'not training with calisthenics at all' to 'I didn't think I'd be able to do that!'. Looks great.

The Ultimate Bent Over Row Guide (Brian Alsruhe)

Great information.



Great information.

Looking At : May 14, 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.

Beginner Grip Training (Videos)

Just beginning your wrist (and finger) strength journey?


Finally got a chance (been travelling) to watch Jedd's video series on Beginner Grip Training. Fantastic information. If you're just beginning your wrist (and finger) strength journey, check out the first episode 'Beginner Plate Pinching' below :
The others will appear in the same place, Jedd Johnson's youtube channel. Dive in.

The 'Strong Grip Ready' Project

Sounds great Joe.



Sounds great Joe.

Looking At : May 7, 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.

Dorian Yates on High Intensity Training, Injury Prevention, and Building Maximum Muscle

Tim Ferriss' chat with Dorian Yates.


Finally got a chance to listen to this - Tim Ferriss' chat with Dorian Yates. Great conversation. The two cover an incredible range of topics; including HIT, injury prevention and muscle building. Well worth a listen.

How to Perform Push-Ups

Nice one.



Nice one.

Looking At : Apr 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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