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Thursday, April 2, 2009
  • Site Updates

    A few recent site updates. We have put some links to our social media accounts at the bottom of the home page: www.functionalhandstrength.com (Soon to be followed by a few other pages as well as a small article covering each one.)

    Also, we have recently updated our "Order Now" page to included several more ordering methods as well as a complete list of all the products featured on the site: Updated Order Now Page

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    Tuesday, July 1, 2008
  • A Couple More Quick Reminders

    "Its always somthin" - that's what Roseanne Roseannadanna famously used to say on Saturday Night Live - and thats how it is when you run a successful business too..

    "something" comes along almost every day that you never expected, that you have to take time to figure out, it aint the end of the world, but it does help quite a bit when everyone is on the same page, so heres a few things that you should be aware of:

    Today's "something" is gift cards - evidently our shopping cart system doesnt particularly like them for whatever reason, so, if you get or give any gift card credit cards any time soon and would like to place an order with them, you will have to call it in: 1-800-978-0206 and things should work out fine.

    On that note, if you place an order and it happens to be declined, please contact us immediately by phone or email, do not try to re-submit the order online. We can solve this problem quickly and easily once you contact us.

    Also, another quick reminder in case you were wondering, we ship everything out of our office via United States Priority Mail which means whenever you place an order, it will arrive promptly in 2-3 days.

    Larger items are shipped from the manufacturers by either Fedex or Ups, whichever has the most economical rates, and we can provide a tracking number once they are ready to ship.

    As long as we are on shipping matters, if you happen to live in an apartment building where the mailbox may not be big enough to accept packages, please alert your postal carrier or the "front desk" or whomever else should be notified to be on the lookout for your package and to make sure it is delivered to you.

    We have had a few situations where a package ordered to an apartment that was left outside of a mailbox "walked away" because it was not secure.

    Otherwise, it's all systems go around here... As always, if you need anything
    else, you know where to call.

    Train hard,
    John Wood

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    Friday, June 27, 2008
  • Daily Administrivia

    I purchased a new piece of software two weeks ago and I am still waiting for it to be delivered. I have sent a few emails asking the status and there isn't even any customer phone number -- and this pisses me off to no end!

    Ok -- regains composure -- I realize that much of internet commerce these days is a lot like this: who knows what happens out there in cyberspace land once an order is placed?

    And unfortunately this is also how it is with many "strength" companies out there, so I understand why many clients would often be leery.

    However, that aint how we do things around here:

    When you place an order online or call it in, Shelby often has it packed and ready to ship within 10 minutes or so, we have two daily shipments going out, one at noon and one at 5 pm so in almost all cases, books, dvds, grippers etc will be in the mail the very same day.

    If you order a larger manufactured item, Shelby calls it in the minute she gets off the phone with you so the wheels start turning asap for things like Trap Bars, climbing ropes etc.

    We simply could not make this process happen any faster.

    Now, with this being the case, the posted lead times are there for a reason, so please take a look at them so you have an idea on the time frame that you can expect your order to show up.

    Generally the turn-around time is much shorter than what is listed and that is the necessary for our manufacturers to get the job done right.

    All our "big" items thick bars, climbing ropes etc, are manufactured right here is the USA and like anything else, quality does take time.

    Oh, and our summer hours are 8 AM to 6PM Monday through Thursday and 8-4 on Fridays. That's right, we're up an hour before the so-called competition and stay an hour after they call it a day too.

    So, regardless of the timezone you're in, if you need anything, we are only a phone call away: 1-800-978-0206

    If you are located internationally: ie Canada, UK, Australia, APO address etc - please contact us first for a freight quote and ordering directions. Make sure to include your full shipping address and the specific items you would like to order.

    If you want to order sandbags, we will need to know which sandbags you want as well as your shipping city and zip code.

    If you do send an email or place a call to Shelby for quotes, tracking numbers etc, please remember to list the items you want, your full name and address, and include all correspondence with any replies.

    This makes everything easier for everyone involved.

    Thats all I can think of for the time being, its Paul Bunyan Day! So get a log bar to train with:

    Train hard,
    John Wood

    P.S. All know the way; few actually walk it." - Bodhidharma

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    Monday, September 24, 2007
  • New Monday Updates

    It couldn't have been a more perfect weekend - the weather was beautiful, the sun was shining and the good guys won all their games. I had a great workout on Saturday followed by an even better run on Sunday. I found a great new hill to run and the garage gym is turning out very nicely.

    More updates and pictures on those shortly.

    Anyhow, heres a few things to keep in mind over the coming week:

    1. Our "September Surprise" vintage strength training magazine giveaway is still in full effect but the end is in site. If you want one (or more) of those classic mags for your collection, the time to take action is now.

    We are sending one out with every order placed this month which means that this coming Sunday will be the last day (or until we run out.)

    Heres a pair of our two latest products if you would like to get yours with
    something new:

    The Physical Body 2 DVD & Zoor Khane

    Everlast Classic Leather Medicine Balls

    2. Internet orders are always popular due to their convenience but phone and Mail-in orders have been steadily increasing. If you need anything or would like to place an order over the phone, just give us a shout at 1-800-978-0206 and we will get you hooked up.

    Of course we also have a 24 hour secure ordering line in case you see something at 3 am that you just gotta have. Yes, you can call anytime but please be aware of our normal business hours if you would like to talk to a live person.

    As far as mail orders, please be sure to provide your complete contact info and your email address if you would like a confirmation email and tracking number.

    3. Things will steadily be getting busier from now until after the holidays.
    We have books, dvd's and hand grippers in stock at all times but some of our specialty items need a little more time to produce. We have been working closely with our manufacturers so they place larger orders so that we can cut the lead time of our products down considerably.

    Still, if you order any piece of equipment and must have it by a certain date, please be aware of the posted lead times.

    4. Speaking of lead times, it is important that you know that we place orders with our various manufacturers immediately. No waiting or skrewin' around here, we want you to get your order as quickly as you possibly can.

    5. A look into the future:

    Hard to believe its almost October. We still have some big plans for 2007. Before the clock strikes twelve on New Years eve, youll see plenty of good Stuff coming your way from us. We have a number of training guides, books and new equipment on the way.

    The plan is that this far, we have focused on "finding" new and unusual products that you probably wouldn't have found or heard of otherwise. What can I say - there's good stuff out there that is easy to miss sometimes.

    When we run across something interesting, you can be that we will check it out and let you know.

    However, people have been ravenous for new material and training guides coming directly from me -- and I couldn't agree more. At several points in the past I have mentioned that we have some training guides in the works.

    Long story short, we hope to have two of them ready to roll by mid-November. Keep an eye out for those, they should be fantastic when they are ready.

    All for now, give em hell this week.

    Train hard,
    John Wood

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