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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Cybershoes (Virtual Reality Footwear)

Great idea.


Great idea. And yes, the idea of a 'virtual gym & training partner' just got one step closer. Love it.
btw, although this particular video focuses on the gaming aspect, the potential use as both a fitness and health device is wonderful. Cybershoes (Virtual Reality Footwear).

Heavy Weights vs Light Weights for Big Biceps (Athlean-X)

Time to grow.



Very interesting ideas (for biceps, and in general).

Looking At : Feb 10, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Looking At : Feb 3, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Looking At : Jan 27, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

RIDM (Fat & Muscle Tracking)

Interesting device.


Interesting device. The RIDM is a handheld bodyfat analyser, with data displayed via a smartphone app. Not sure yet if it connects to existing health services like Apple Health and Google Fit; or if it can export the data to a third-party app somewhere. Keen to try one out. A spot of video :
The RIDM.

Fasting and its Effect on Insulin (Thomas DeLauer)

Great explanation Tom.



If you've ever fasted for a few days (or more), you may have noticed this. Great explanation Tom.

Looking At : Jan 20, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Looking At : Jan 13, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Looking At : Jan 6, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.



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