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Primal Pacs

Rogue Do-Win
Pendlay Barbell
Adidas PowerLift Trainer
Adidas PowerLift Trainer

Played with an 8lb medicine ball, on a volleyball court, with tennis scoring.  Originally created to keep president Herbert Hoover physically fit.

History of the game and official rules can be found here.

Hanging Straight Leg-Hip Raise

Also known as Toes To Bar, this surprisingly challenging movement is only effective for strengthening the lower rectus abdominis if trunk flexion occurs as the legs are raised.
Effective Time Management
Programming Complexity Graph.jpg
The generalized relationship between performance improvement and training complexity relative to time.  Note the steep slope characteristic of the Novice period.  (taken from Starting Strength)

"The Novice Effect, simply described, is what happens when a previously untrained person begins to lift weights – he gets stronger very quickly at first, and then improves less and less rapidly the stronger he gets.  It is nothing more that the commonly observed principle of diminishing returns applied to adaptive physiology." - Mark Rippetoe, from The Novice Effect

"Most trainees are novices, since at any given time the greatest majority of the training population has just started.  The sad fact is that 95% of all the people who start training with weights never advance beyond this level, most likely because their training is not managed correctly at this time, and they do not get the results they both want and need to stay motivated to continue". - Mark Rippetoe, from Strong Enough?

"That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved." - Ralph Waldo Emerson