20 of the Best : 2007

A few personal favourites.

NYE fireworks over Sydney HarbourIt's been a great year here on Straight to the Bar, and here are 20 of my personal favourites.


  1. Taking advantage of your location: at last, a bit of outdoor space (Scott Andrew Bird)
  2. Eliminating the Lug Nuts: How to Find a Good Trainer (John Kaiser)
  3. Grip Training - Lifting the Replica Inch Dumbbell (part II, III, IV) (Jedd Johnson)
  4. Specific Training for the Transverse Abdominis (Kat Ricker)
  5. New to Kettlebell Training? (Scott Andrew Bird)
  6. 29 Things to do with a barbell in the corner (Jason Kirby)
  7. Deconstructing hanging windshield wipers (Jason Kirby)
  8. How I learned to love multi-joint exercises (John Kaiser)
  9. Conditioning without trying : Walking 10,000 steps per day (Scott Andrew Bird)
  10. A little yoke work : 10 exercises for a bigger neck (Scott Andrew Bird)
  11. Starting your fitness journey : 10 things to consider (Scott Andrew Bird)
  12. Straight to the Grip Contest (part II, III, IV, V, VI) (as PDF) (Jedd Johnson)
  13. Visualisation (Scott Andrew Bird)
  14. DIY : Home-made Gym Equipment II (Scott Andrew Bird)
  15. 10 of the best : Parkour television commercials (Scott Andrew Bird)
  16. Workout music : soothing or aggressive? (Scott Andrew Bird)
  17. The demise of monkey bars (Scott Andrew Bird)
  18. Setting up a home gym (Scott Andrew Bird)
  19. Bars, plates, hooks and collars (Scott Andrew Bird)
  20. Glossary - strength training equipment (which led to the Training Gear Wiki)

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Scott Andrew Bird

Scott Andrew Bird is a writer, photographer and a guy who just loves this stuff. He's been at home in front of a computer for more years than he cares to remember (OK, 37) and is now making amends for years of many mistakes noted in the De-constructing Computer Guy articles (part 2) on T-Nation.

Find out what he's up to via Twitter, Facebook, the Daily 'Paper'; and of course his online home. Enjoy.

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70 of the Best : 7 Years of Straight to the Bar.

This site - Straight to the Bar - has been around for an incredible 7 years (the first post was on Jan 17th, 2004), and to say I'm grateful is a gross understatement.

Thank you.

Setting Up A Home Gym.

Ready to get started? Great.

DIY: Home-Made Gym Equipment.

Have you ever considered building your own lifting platform? Climbing wall? Stones for Strongman training?

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