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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 Mobility Ring System

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The Mobility Ring is one of several tools by Scott Sonnon (you can see them all here, bottom of the page) designed for both Joint Mobility and Myofascial Release work. Accompanying them is a series of videos which demonstrate the movements themselves, as well as a PDF or two. If a little recovery work is on the cards, this are certainly worth checking out. The Mobility Ring System.

Arm Over Head Pistol Squat

Grab a kettlebell, dumbbell or anything reasonably heavy.



There are many varieties of the superb Pistol Squat - here's one of the weighted varieties. Grab a kettlebell, dumbbell or anything reasonably heavy.

Looking At : Jun 18, 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.

Hypnos Wireless Earbuds

Active noise cancellation, access to various virtual assistants and a 'sleep mode'.


In the meantime, here's a brief video overview to give you an idea of what's on offer :
The Hypnos Wireless Earbuds.

How To Develop A V-Taper

Very interesting area.



Very interesting area.

Looking At : Jun 11, 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 Upright Go Posture Device

Love the idea of constant monitoring.


Was chatting with a friend over the weekend about these 'posture warning' devices (this one's the 'Upright Go' - more here). Love the idea of constant monitoring - would be great if it were possible to export that data. Curious : has anyone here tried anything similar, and do you find yourself straightening your back even when not wearing the device?

Fatbells vs Dumbbells

Great demonstration of the Fatbells at work.



Great demonstration of the Fatbells at work.

Looking At : Jun 4, 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 Master Method Course [Kindle Edition]

Looks great.


Looks great. Next on my reading list is the Kindle Edition of the superb Master Method Course by Bill Hinbern and David P. Willoughby. Been years since I read it; really looking forward to diving back in. As the full title (The Master Method of Health, Strength and Bodybuilding) suggests, this is a complete strength and health program. To get a feel for it, swing by the Amazon page and check out the 'Look Inside' preview. The Master Method Course.



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