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 : Mar 24, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



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

Looking At : Mar 17, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



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

Looking At : Mar 10, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



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

Balanx (EMS Training Suit)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The Balanx is a workout suit which incorporates a number of EMS devices (so you're still training, not just sitting in front of the TV). A spot of video will show you what I mean :

Personally, I'm interested in the rehab potential of the suit. Especially if the EMS can be controlled accurately, and remotely. The Balanx.

Brian Shaw at the Arnold (Injury, and Lifts)

As terrible as it is to see an injury, the response to it (this video and the following one) is wonderful.



As terrible as it is to see an injury, the response to it (this video and the following one) is wonderful.

Looking At : Mar 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 : Feb 24, 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 17, 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.

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).



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