Welcome to Straight to the Bar

Scott Bird. Artwork by Vince Palko.
Yes, I love the deadlift.
If you’ve just joined us, welcome. Here you’ll find everything that grunts, groans and ticks in the world of strength training. In short, this site is the home of all things strength.


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Looking At : May 19, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

MyGrams ('Phone-Based Portable Scale)

Interesting combination.



Interesting combination. MyGrams is portable scale which takes the form of a smartphone case, so it's always available. The ideal companion to something like the 'Custom Meal Planner' app. Very keen to try one. The MyGrams 'Phone-Based Portable Scale.

Building Strength, Muscle or a Bit of Both (Omar Isuf)

Very interesting approach.



Very interesting approach.

Looking At : May 12, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Hush Iced (Sleep-Inducing Blanket)

Interesting combination.



Interesting combination. The Hush Iced is a weighted blanket with a specific focus on the cooling (think sleep-inducing) side of things. And although we've discussed sleep an incredible amount on this site, we've never really explored the 'cool blanket' aspect. Works extremely well. The Hush Iced Sleep-Inducing Blanket.

Heavy Pressing (Brian Shaw, Robert Oberst and Eddie Hall)

Check out the somewhat uncommon use of the Trap Bar - nice one.



Aside from the seriously heaving pressing, check out the somewhat uncommon use of the Trap Bar - nice one.

Looking At : May 5, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Looking At : Apr 28, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Bowhead (Smart Personalised Supplement Dispenser)

Looks great.


Looks great. The Bowhead is a personalised supplement dispenser, analysing your needs (via saliva samples, blood tests, DNA analysis and so on) and dispensing them accordingly. The idea is wonderful - very keen to see how well it works. The Bowhead.

Garage Gym Tour (Meg Squats)

I love seeing how other people train.


I love seeing how other people train : whether that's in a commercial space, an available location somewhere, or - if you're fortunate enough to have one - a home gym. Here's a look at Meg's.



Like to contribute something? I love hearing about how other people are training : if you've got a strength-related competition or seminar coming up, add it to the calendar. And if you'd love to be on one of the weekly Gymchats - get in touch. Look forward to hearing from you.


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