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Over to Jim Bathurst, who's currently training for a particularly challenging movement. The Reverse Muscle-Up.
We first looked at this topic a little over a year ago, following a discussion on Setting Up a Strength Training Facility. No matter which side of the fence you're on (trainer or athlete), this is an ideal opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of online services.
Everything from custom program design to teleseminars and video training.
Who Renaissance Fitness' Derek Peruo
Topic : Online Training II
When : Wed Apr 11, 9pm EDT (here's how to find out when that is in your timezone)
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Link : https://plus.google.com/u/0/113406428532094481598/posts/212QTHfqoCi
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I love a dose of neck training. Using a neck harness, a fitness ball, bodyweight exercises and so on. There are certainly more than a few ways to do it.
Good news for anyone who is beginning neck training, "you" are pretty much all you need. I like Mike Bruce's beginner program on Straight to the Bar, but another really simple beginner program is this :
Lay on your back on the floor, or on your bed, and just raise your head, curling your chin to your upper chest, as many times as you can. Then lay on your stomach, and raise your chin to the ceiling as many times as possible. Then lay on your side and curl your ear toward your shoulder as many times as you can, and then lay on your other side and do the same thing.
Many people who have never done any neck training have difficulty just laying on their back and curling just their head 20 times. It is a really simple starting point just using gravity. To progress, you could do more reps, do more sets, or start holding a book to your head as you do your repetitions.
And as this one comprises both an instructional DVD and book, it's certainly comprehensive. To give you an idea of what's contained within, here's a snippet from the Dragon Door site :
Filmed entirely - and so appropriately - on "The Rock", Wade's Convict Conditioning Ultimate Bodyweight Squat Course explodes out of the cellblock to teach you in absolute detail how to progress from the ease of a simple shoulderstand squat--to the stunning "1-in-10,000" achievement of the prison-style one-leg squat. Ten progressive steps guide you to pushup mastery.
It's intense stuff.
We saw a great exercise in last week's newsletter, making perfect use of the Bulgarian Bag. And while you've got the bag out, here's a great upper body routine we looked at a while back.
Incidentally, if you'd like to get in touch regarding this or any other aspect of strength, you can send me an email here. Look forward to hearing from you.
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