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Looking At : Sep 23, 2018

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.

Ascent (Whey Protein Powder)

Looks great.


Looks good - will be testing it out shortly. Ascent Native Fuel is the protein powder that Tim Ferriss mentioned recently in a 'Five Bullet Friday' newsletter (and of course in the '4 Hour Body'). If you've never read it, the newsletter notes :
Ever since I wrote The 4-Hour Body, starting my day with ~30 grams of protein has been part of my routine. Of course, I don't always have time or the patience to cook a meal, so I supplement. Unfortunately, most protein powders are filled with excess sugar, questionable artificial sweeteners, or low-grade protein. Ascent Protein is an exception -- it contains zero artificial ingredients, artificial sweeteners, or added sugar. They also nailed the taste; they tested 282 versions before getting the chocolate (my favorite) just right. If you prefer, they also offer vanilla bean, cappuccino, and lemon sorbet flavors. Visit ascentprotein.com/Tim and use the code TFASCENT and you'll receive 20% off of your entire purchase. If you want a quick dose of protein to start your day or end a workout, this is a great option and my default. Use TFASCENT for your 20% discount. Enjoy!
If you're curious to find out more, swing by : www.ascentprotein.com/tim. Sounds great.

Arnold Schwarzenegger : Heavy Training at 71 (Gym Nation 2.0)

After the surgery, straight back into it.



After the surgery, straight back into it.

Looking At : Sep 16, 2018

This week on Google+, Twitter (especially the lists!) a



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.

Meyko (Medication Reminder for Children)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The Meyko is a medication reminder for children (for asthmatics in this case, but it could be anything), gamifying the regular consumption of medication. Doses are linked to care of the device. A bit of video will show you what I mean :
The Meyko.

Heavy Lifting at 6'6 (Jujimufu)

Love it.



A little on the tall side? Here's a great look at some seriously heavy lifting at 6'6. Love it.

Looking At : Sep 9, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter (especially the lists!) a



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.

Lessons 1 & 2 of David Webster's 'The Complete Physique Course' [Kindle Edition]

Looks great.


Looks great. This is the Kindle version of David Webster's 'The Complete Physique Course' - Lessons 1 & 2. It's a wonderful combination of free-weight and bodybuilding-style training. I haven't read the originals for a long, long time - looking forward to diving in to the Kindle incarnation. Lessons 1 & 2 of David Webster's 'The Complete Physique Course' [Kindle Edition].

Fit Expo Grip Testing (Jujimufu)



Love it.

Looking At : Sep 2, 2018

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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