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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Exerbell (Travel-Focused Kettle-Shaped-Sandbag)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The Exerbell is a cross between a kettlebell and sandbag, designed with travel workouts (Remember them? Won't be long.) in mind. Great combination. To give you a brief look at the bag/bell itself, a little video :
The Exerbell.

Fix ANY Shoulder Problem (Trevor Bachmeyer)

Time for a little prehab work.



Time for a little prehab work. Great info.

Looking At : Feb 21, 2021

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.

Limbic Active (Physical Gaming Console)

Incredible potential.


Incredible potential. The Limbic Active bills itself as a 'Physical Gaming Console', though it has possibilities far beyond that. An incredible variety of medical & fitness applications. Still, the various active games offered look wonderful. And yes, you can add your own. To give you a brief look at the system itself, a little video :
The Limbic Active.

Safety and Autonomous Cars (Frenchie)

An early preview of a wonderful, life-saving future.



A Tesla FSD (beta) drive to the hospital, and to a Police Station. An early preview of a wonderful, life-saving future.

Looking At : Feb 14, 2021

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.

Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover (Thermoregulation Add-On For Your Mattress)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover is an add-on for your mattress, which combines thermoregulation with in-built sleep tracking functionality. I first saw this on Tim Ferriss' '5 Bullet Friday' email list, and I have to say that it looks fantastic. With dual zone temperature control (just in case), and a companion app for your smartphone. To see exactly how you slept, and get a little coaching if desired. The Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover.

How The COVID-19 Vaccines Could Lead To A Cure For Cancer (Joe Scott)

Although it comes at a terrible cost, it's a wonderful silver lining.



A fascinating look at the history of vaccines, and the potential future uses of the ideas behind the mRNA-based COVID-19 ones. Although it comes at a terrible cost, it's a wonderful silver lining.

Looking At : Feb 7, 2021

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.

Pivot Bed (A Folding Bed Which Transforms Into A Home Gym)

Interesting combination.


Interesting combination. The Pivot Bed is a wall-mounted bed which can be quickly transformed into a basic home gym. Space for a little free-weight work, inbuilt bars for chin-ups and assorted ab exercises, and a variety of mounts for video screens. Perfect. It even has connections for an optional power rack and dip bars. A little video :
The Pivot Bed.



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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