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Fitness

"Like strapping gold-bars to your body"

Gym

Regular strength training is about much more than looking beach ready, it also serves as the foundation to aging well.

The Wisdom

Strength

The Wisdom

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Starting Strength

by Mark Rippitoe:

Unlike the book's title may imply, this isn't just for beginners. Mark shares his unparalleled knowledge to outline in detail the proper form for all major barbell lifts. This is THE almanac for getting strong safely. For me personally, this book has been foundational in "unlearning" all the improper techniques I'd picked up through the years to significantly reduce the aches and pains that come with incorrect barbell training. 

Bigger, Leaner, Stronger 

by Michael Matthews

Of the many fitness books I've read, this one stands above the rest in the simplicity and practicality. It includes a complete approach to building a strong, functional, and aesthetically-pleasing body. After obtaining phenomenal results with the nine-week program outlined in the first book, I've continued to consistently break-through plateaus with the one-year challenge outlined in the series' second book. Of note, a tailored program is also available for women titled Thinner, Leaner, Stronger

Four Hour Body 

by Timothy Ferriss

Much more than a strength training book, Tim brilliantly dissects our most common fitness and health goals (e.g., weight loss, strength gains) to outline the "minimum effective dose" for achieving them. This book is incredibly useful for those looking to get clear on their desired future state along with learning the minimum effort required to get there.  

Strength

The Gear

The Gear

Adjustable Dumbbells 

The single best bang for the buck for a home gym. A quality set of adjustable dumbbells will provide the opportunity to work every part of the body without taking up much space.

I've used for years and see no need to upgrade: Ironmaster Quick-lock Adjustable Dumbbells

Adjustable Kettlebell 

Kettlebell training is phenomenal for dynamic movements and rotational stability, such as the classic kettlebell swing, Turkish get-up, Arnold press, and single-legged deadlift. 

Paired perfectly with the adjustable dumbbells, I use: Ironmaster Quick-lock Adjustable Kettlebell

Barbell 

The trusted training partner. It is critical to not skimp on quality here. 

I use: Rogue Ohio Bar (Stainless Steel)

Exercise/Yoga Mat 

For those who's home gym isn't equipped with padded flooring, a quality exercise/yoga mat is especially helpful for setting up exercises originating from the floor and for ab training.

I use: Manduka eKO mat 5mm

Adjustable Bench 

Paired with a set of adjustable dumbbells, you have a fully functional home gym. The adjustable bench allows for flat exercises along with all the varieties of inclined movements. 

For functionality without a power rack, I used: Ironmaster Super Bench

For enhanced stability with a power rack, I use:

Rogue Adjustable Bench 3.0 

Power Rack 

At some point, dumbbell-only training will limit progress. At this point, investing in a power rack is a (near) necessity. As the foundation of barbell training, the power rack enables heavier lifts and more efficient training. 

I use: Rogue RM-4 Monster Rack 2.0

Bumper Plates 

While admittedly harder to handle than most iron plates, bumpers provide increased utility for any lifts originating from the ground (e.g., deadlift) as they're built to withstand hard contact. 

I use: Rogue Echo Color Bumper Plates

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