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Yes, I love the deadlift.
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Looking At : Sep 18, 2016

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.

Secrets of the Windmill (Andrea Du Cane)

Wonderful exercise.


This looks great. 'Secrets of the Windmill' is Andrea Du Cane's instructional video on performing the Kettlebell Windmill. Wonderful exercise. Andrea explains (and demonstrates) the exercise itself, as well as the many variations possible and the path to progress to each. It's an extremely comprehensive offering. Andrea Du Cane's 'Secrets of the Windmill'.

The Perfect Pull-Up

Wonderful tutorial.



Wonderful tutorial.

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. We also discuss a number of training-related books. If you're looking for the full list of the ones I recommend personally, swing by Goodreads. Great site.


Looking At : Sep 11, 2016

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.

Fireflies (Wireless Earbuds)

Listen while you train.


I'm currently on the lookout for a pair of workout-friendly wireless headphones; to replace a wired pair which has finally decided to stop working. Well, one side has anyway. These look interesting - the Fireflies. Anyone tried them, or anything similar? Any you'd recommend?
Fireflies.

Raw Supersets Conditioning (56kg Pistols, OAPs, 80kg pull-ups)

Wonderful combinations.



Wonderful combinations.

Looking At : Sep 4, 2016

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.

Olympic Bar to Cambered Bar Converter

Great idea.


These look great. The deceptively simple Olympic Bar to Cambered Bar Converter; the video below will show you exactly what it is :
Good stuff.

Basic Agility Ladder Drills

Great demonstration.



Great demonstration.

Looking At : Aug 28, 2016

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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