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 : Jul 21, 2019

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.

Spryng (Post-Workout Muscle Compression Device)

Looks great.


Looks great. The Spryng is a post-workout muscle compression device, designed primarily for use with the legs. The idea is pretty simple : send constant waves through the legs, to help get the blood flowing (and to help to flush out the lactic acid that's built up). A little video :
The Spryng.

Carousel Lift Challenge (From the Show 'The Strongest Man in History')

This is a tribute to Paul Anderson's lift on the Ed Sullivan Show. Fantastic.



This is a tribute to Paul Anderson's lift on the Ed Sullivan Show. Fantastic.

Looking At : Jul 14, 2019

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.

MAXFIT (Portable Gym)

Looks great.


Looks great. If you travel a fair bit, you'll understand the appeal of something like this. The MAXFIT is simply a cable-centric portable gym solution, which purports to provide a reasonable dose of resistance (keen to try one out, to see how 'reasonable' it is). As for the device itself, a little video :
The MAXFIT.

How To Train For Mass (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Arnold Schwarzenegger's approach to training. Nice one.



Arnold Schwarzenegger's approach to training. Nice one.

Looking At : Jul 7, 2019

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.

iTrakit (GPS bike tracker)

Looks great.


Looks great. We discuss cycling quite a bit on Straight to the Bar - it's a great way to get a little exercise whilst on your way to wherever you're going. Love it. Still, we get quite a few questions regarding the tracking of the bicycles. To monitor your own journeys, and to help prevent theft. The iTrakit takes care of the latter (though I suspect it does a little of both) : the 'theft dissuasion' part. Hidden inside the frame, discreetly. A little video will show you what I mean :
The iTrakit.

Back in the Gym, Post Surgeries (Ronnie Coleman)

Must be incredibly satisfying, particularly after the 'you'll never walk again' comments.



Must be incredibly satisfying, particularly after the 'you'll never walk again' comments. Nice one.

Looking At : Jun 30, 2019

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.



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