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Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Athena Roar

Love running when you travel? Add one of these.


Love running when you travel? The side effect of that is not only stumbling across some incredible sites, it's accidentally ending up in some fairly unsavoury areas. This is an interesting way to tackle these situations (the unsavoury ones, that is), the Athena Roar : NB : although this version's strongly focussed on the safety aspect, I'd love to see many of the common fitness-monitoring functions built in to the device. And, of course, a way to export all of that data.
The Athena Roar Wearable Safety Accessory.

NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.

Growing A Wide V-Taper Back

Great information.



Great information.

Looking At : Oct 15, 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.

Anchor Point Training's 'Unbreakable' Bands

These look great.


These look great. Anchor Point Training's 'Unbreakable' Bands are - as you've doubtless ascertained from the name - resistance bands designed for frequent use. I'll be putting them through their paces shortly; in the meantime, here's a bit of video to show them in action : Anchor Point Training's 'Unbreakable' Bands.

NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.

Silent Mike and the 'Ed Coan Deadlift'

Great information.



Great information.

Looking At : Oct 8, 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 Blazepod

A great way to put yourself to the test.


Interesting idea. The Blazepod is a simple light, designed to be tapped at the end of each rep (depending on the exercise) in a workout. The video below shows it in action :
Designed to challenge your speed and reaction times - using basic visual cues - it looks like a great way to put yourself to the test. The Blazepod.

NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.

Foot Pressure & Knee Movement in the Squat

Great information.



Great information.

Looking At : Oct 1, 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 Tim Ferriss Show #266 - Favorite Books, Supplements and Technologies

Great list.


Taking the form of one of the podcast's Q&A episodes, this is a wonderful list of the various products and services that Tim Ferriss makes use of on a regular basis. Whilst I make use of some of them in my own life, many are new to me - though certainly intriguing - and warrant a bit of further investigation. Curious : what is on your own list - anything you'd add? The Tim Ferriss Show #266 - Favorite Books, Supplements, Simple Technologies, and More.



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