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 : 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.

Looking At : Dec 30, 2018

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.

The Future of Fitness : Health & Fitness Predictions for 2019

A few thoughts.


A few predictions for the coming year. Things we're bound to be talking about.

Looking At : Dec 23, 2018

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.

Dinosaur Strength and Power Courses (PDFs)

These look great.


These look great. It's fair to say that I've got plenty of reading material (training-specific, of course) ready for the holiday period. Although I'm always on the lookout for more. The list has just grown a little longer with the Dinosaur Strength and Power Courses - a series of short courses over on Brooks Kubik's site. You'll find them here : Dinosaur Strength and Power Courses.

Lean vs Strong (Omar Isuf)

Can you ever be too lean? If you care primarily about strength, yes.



Can you ever be too lean? If you care primarily about strength, yes.

Looking At : Dec 16, 2018

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.

Athlete's Guide to Injury Recovery: Managing Pain and Hastening the Process, Naturally

Managing Pain and Hastening the Process, Naturally


You don't have to be a genius to know that injuries often go with exercise activities. And so, if you've been spending much time training or competing as of late, you might as well learn how to handle injuries if they do happen.



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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