Before we start the links post, I am pleased to announce that this is the 100th post on The Garage Gym Online.
Anyway. Moving on. It’s a really mixed bag of links this week, more of a lucky-dip than a set of informative training articles.
- Like Geoff Neupert’s post last week, the post of the week this week goes to another world-class trainer who has generously allowed us to see beneath the skin of their own training. Here, Adam T Glass walks us through over a decade of training with kettlebells (and other things) and how it fits into his overall training philosophy. Read it, go and make a drink and then read it again.
- This week’s Star Wars post is particularly impressive. Check out these rare pictures of the cast and crew on set and between scenes, as well as promotional material that didn’t quite make the final cut…
- I was intrigued to find that there are two types of killer whale (orca) living in UK waters now. One type feeds on fish such as herring and mackerel. The other type hunts larger marine mammals, such as dolphins and other whales. Something for the surfers in Cornwall to think about, then…
- Following my strict policy of including any news article relating to Bill Kazmaier, here is a short piece from IronMind about his commentary on the 2009 World’s Strongest Man.
- This flowchart explaining which carbonated beverage you should choose, depending on where you are and what you like, made me chuckle as it just keeps on going. I was amazed at just how many different drinks there are out there.
- I went to see the Guy Ritche film, Sherlock Holmes, just after Christmas and really enjoyed it. Robert Downey Junior plays the lead role and has been doing a very good job of publicising the film since then…
- I am a huge fan of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. I think Bill Watterson is one of the few truly great cartoonists. For those of you who’ve read the cartoons, this montage of real life snowmen made in homage to Calvin’s more grotesque creations will strongly appeal.
- This interview of Pavel Tsatsouline by Ori Hofmekler has probably been around since forever but I only discovered it recently. It also appears to be only the second part. I can’t find the other parts and I’d be very interested to read them if anyone can point me in the right direction. In the interview, Pavel talks about the importance of using low reps and high sets for building strength and size.
- Michael Boyle is often at the centre of controversy concerning single leg training but there is no doubt that he knows his stuff when it comes to strengthening the lower body. A 4-page excerpt from his new book concerning lower body training can be found on Dave Draper’s site and it’s well worth a look.
- More animal magic here with a set of photographs of the big cats, often showing surprisingly human traits or expressions.
- Be inspired by the Conan-like declaration of the World’s Strongest Librarian as he crushes his weakness, drives it before him and revels in the lamentation of its women.
- Enter the weird and wonderful world of Z-Health, as described by Mike T Nelson on Nick Tumminello’s site. I think this is the first time that I’ve seen behind the curtain at what is involved in this very highly respected mobility system. This article covers the concept of the arthrokinetic reflex and how it relates to the gluteus medius.
- I’ve been thinking about what to do in 2010 for my grip training as I don’t really enjoy training with grippers that much (yes, I know I’m odd like that). I like using them from time to time but not consistently. This article by Adam T Glass on how to make a fat bar for $10 made me sit up and start googling for fence posts. I haven’t found a suitable one yet but if I do there’ll be an article in the offing…
- I had not come across this Coan/Phillipi deadlift routine before but it was recommended on a T-Nation forum for intermediate deadlifters (by which I mean c. 400lbs and over 2x bodyweight). Looking at it, I am not convinced that it would be useful to me because of my unusual training history but if anyone else has tried it with success, I’d be interested to hear their feedback.
- I am slightly embarrassed that I had never seen this interview of Chuck Vogelpohl by Jim Wendler before this week. It’s a fascinating insight into the training habits of a truly great lifter.
- Isaac Wilkins at GotStrength? has been doing a series of things he believes in. If you’ve enjoyed hanging out here then you will believe in them too. Here are parts one, two and three.
- This interesting technical article about dietary fat has the best opening line I have ever seen for a diet article: “I have been going through the medical literature on saturated fats. There is one consistent finding that I see. Saturated fats are awful for mice and rats. In fact, if I ever have a pet mouse or rat… then I will know exactly how to care for it.”
- The Sports Scientists gaze into their crystal ball for 2010 and make some predictions (but mainly just complain at how busy they’re going to be with all the sports that’s going to happen).
- Some people have too much time on their hands but this rendering of The Big Lebowski in Shakespearean English was well worth the effort. Dip in or read the whole lot. This is the stuff of internet legend.
Well that seems like a good place to stop. Stop by for more links next Thursday…