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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 Dinosaur Strength Training Notebook - Volume I [Kindle Edition]

Perfect combination.


These are the Kindle versions of the wonderful Dinosaur Strength Training Notebook, updated and expanded into several volumes. This book (Volume I) comprises a number of articles from the Dinosaur Training discussion forum, as well as some rather creative training ideas. Perfect combination.

44 Best Calisthenics Exercises

Some wonderful exercises here.



Some wonderful exercises here.

Looking At : Apr 23, 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.

Bodyweight Master™ Free Standing Pull Up Bar

Looks good.


Although I have a tendency to do pull-ups outdoors (there's a park not far from my house), I was chatting to someone yesterday who's keen on the indoor variety. Seems like he gets a fair bit of snow. With that in mind, I pointed him towards the Bodyweight Master™ Free Standing Pull Up Bar on Dragon Door. Looks good.

Jefferson Curl

Much more difficult than she makes it look.



Much more difficult than she makes it look.

Looking At : Apr 16, 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.

QuietOn - Active Noise Cancelling Earplugs

Great combination.


I always train with music (typically 'hard rock'), but a friend of mine prefers absolute silence. If you're in the latter camp, check out the QuietOn - Active Noise Cancelling Earplugs. Great combination. A spot of video :
Curious : do you prefer working out to music, or training in silence?

Beginners Guide to Snatching

Nice one Meg.



Nice one Meg.

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 : Apr 9, 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.

Trap Bar Training (Kindle Edition)

This looks great.


This looks great. Although trap work has certainly been in my own training for a number years, I've never delved deeply into the history of the Trap Bar itself. Wonderful thing. John Wood's Trap Bar Training does exactly that. It also manages to incorporate a wealth of training advice - always a great thing. Looking forward to it.



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