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Published on December 7, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment
Gym Dog Sled

Building a gym dog sled is not particularly hard if you or your friend knows how to cut steel and weld. A good dog sled will cost you about $200-300 plus shipping. Building it yourself should cost between $50 and $100, or possibly up to $150 if there is a minimum order quantity for the steel, say 3 meters per piece, but you’ll end up with lots of spare steel (maybe to build another 1 or 2 sleds). Read on to see how I built mine in an hour of steel shopping and an afternoon of building (as a true beginner at building), with my friend’s help.
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Published on August 7, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Supplements
D-Aspartic Acid

While lots of supplements claim to increase testosterone, D-Aspartic Acid is one of the few that delivers on its promise.

Many supplements only increase testosterone in people with hormone problems or old age, but D-Aspartic Acid even works in exercising young males (and to a significant degree, too). Read on for more details.
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Published on July 5, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Supplements
Betaine Anhydrous

Betaine is 5 times less well known than creatine, but it also has a place in sport, weight lifting and bodybuilding. As the title of the article suggests, it has many benefits, so read on to see just how effective it is.
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Published on June 30, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Long Stride

Mathmatically, sprint speed can be represented by stride length multiplied by stride frequency. So I did a little experiment to see if focusing on stride length can have an immediate positive effect on sprint speed. Well, it turns out it can have an immediate effect (5% faster speed in my case), so keep reading to see more details.
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Published on June 29, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Vertical Jump

This technique comes from the book The Vertical Jump: Advanced Speed And Strength Methods by Joe DeFranco (sorry, I don’t know where you can but the book) and also The Jump Manual. It’s one way that you can instantly improve your vertical jump performance by 1-2 inches, so it is a great stretch to do before a basketball or volleyball game (and in half-time too) or a fitness test.
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Published on June 23, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Supplements
Steroids Body

This survey of 1955 US males, (average 31 years old, 89% caucasian, 50% single, 74% with a degree) shines a light on steroid use in males.[1]

This article and data should not be taken as recommendations, but as insights that can help you to better understand a little discussed topic. Anyway, let’s get to the first set of survey results: steroid names by usage and rating. I’ll bold the most interesting results.
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  1. A league of their own: demographics, motivations and patterns of use of 1,955 male adult non-medical anabolic steroid users in the United States. Jason Cohen, Rick Collins, Jack Darkes, and Daniel Gwartney []
Published on June 11, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Flexibility

How is your asthma now? If you do nothing it will likely stay just as it is. However, if you put in some effort and follow the poses and techniques shown on the cheat sheet below, you will see improvement for every week and month of effort that you put in.

The cheat sheet includes 6 yoga poses to stretch out your chest muscles, making it easier for your chest to expand, and 2 breathing techniques that will help to strengthen your breathing muscles. These two methods will help you to improve your asthma, but if you want to take it to the next level, then there is a third method that you may consider: Breathing Resistance Training for Asthma.
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Published on June 8, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Usain Bolt Hip Flexors

The hip flexors are too easily forgotten by weight training athletes, maybe because they can’t be shown off like big quads and calves. Sure, they’re small and hard to notice, but they do play a part in your sprint speed. Take this study for instance (we’ll get to the exercises after the study):
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Published on May 29, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Before & After
Usain Bolt Sprint Analysis

Following is my analysis of Usain Bolt’s 100m sprinting technique. You can see 2 videos and my attached notes, one video analyzes his legs and the other analyzes his arms. By comparing a video of yourself with the video of Usain and comparing against each of my notes, you will likely find several areas that you need to improve on.
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