Projects so far
I start and finish a new project every month. Below I will detail what's been finished so far, talk about the new project recently announced, as well as a wee bit about future projects. Read the introductory post first if you havent.
Two months have passed and therefore two projects have been completed, both which are books.
The first was 'Minimal Stretching Guide', the most basic, simple and time efficient stretching manual for powerlifters I could come up with. It solves a very basic problem: if you're a serious lifter and despise streching (like many lifters tend to do), how do you go about doing it without being bored to death? You can read it online for free.
The second project was another book, 'Powerlifting technique reference guide', originally written for workshop participants. It explains proper technique in the three powerlifts, common problems and how to solve them, and more. It's mainly intended for trainers but obviously lifters can use it as well. It's quite terse so don't expect any entertaining reading (it's a reference guide after all!). Read for free online.
One more announced...
A few days ago I started work on the third project - a database for just about any exercise I will ever prescribe to anyone. If that sounds like a serious undertaking to you, well, you'd be right! I sat down and off the top of my head wrote down the exercises I wanted to include, they numbered over 500! And that's without seriously thinking about it, just straight up typing without pause, so the list is likely to grow. Therefore it might be the case that the launch don't contain every exercise but it will be gradually filled with new ones.
The motivation is quite simple, I want to be able to point people to a trustworthy instruction on how to perform any exercise. There are already many websites listing exercises with instructions, unfortunately they're either lacking, not trustworthy, or have all kinds of unnecessary crap surrounding them (ads, spyware, tracking, etc.). I've lost count of the times I've given someone I help a seemingly simple and straight forward exercise only to find they don't know how to do it. Some look it up on the web but that's not of much help when the instructions they find are wrong. This project aims to mitigate that problem.
The database will be freely available online in text format. The focus will be on execution and useful cues to ensure correct technique. Videos would be nice but it's a much too time- and cost intensive endeavour. It would only be a possibility with a sponsor and I don't have one of those.
If I can figure it out, I want to make it possible for software developers to include the database in apps as long as their apps are free software. I don't know how to go about doing something like that but if there's time and I can figure it out I will implement it. If you know how and want to help out, I'm all ears.
More to go!
Perhaps you started thinking I should've called it 'my monthly BOOK challenge' but as you can see that's not the case. I guess I could've, there are - no joke - at least four more books in the pipeline but I want to do other stuff as well. Don't ask me when these books will be available because I don't plan the projects ahead, I make the decision of what to do only once a project is finished. It helps to keep me sane and stay on target!
Now I need to get back to work. This thing won't finish itself. Until next time, stay strong.