New Photos on Flickr

If you haven't yet had a chance to check it out, head over to the Straight to the Bar Flickr Group - there are some great photos there. Here are just a few examples :

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For those new to Flickr, adding a couple of pics is a quick, painless affair. What's more, basic accounts are free. Snap a couple of shots of your training or meet, and add it to the pool (and the competition). It's always great to see how other people approach things.

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, 34) 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, Google+, Facebook; and of course his online home. Enjoy.

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Atlas Stone Training Handle.Atlas stone lifting with strap.Via Napalm's Corner : C.J. Murphy tests a few of the new products from Spud Inc (Marc 'Spud' Bartley's powerlifting and strongman equipment line), beginning with the Atlas Stone Training Handle. If you're just embarking on your stone lifting journey, this is well worth considering.
TGIF : weekly round-up (WE Fri 17 Apr 09).Donald Dinnie.A great week here on Straight to the Bar. The highlights :...
Ronnie in Sydney.Eight times Mr Olympia Ronnie Coleman is heading for Sydney, just a few weeks after this year's Olympia show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Never having seen him in person, I'm curious to check out first hand the results of a...
Race for the 1000 Pound Bench Press.World-record bench presses have come a long way in recent years, assisted in no small way by the rise of the bench shirt. Whilst Scot Mendelson lifted an impressive 875 - setting a new world record - in June last year, Gene Rychlak Jr recently hoisted a staggering 965 lb at the IPA World (video - .swf, 3.5MB). Weighing in at 380 lb, Rychlak is no small player himself. 1000 lb is starting to seem within reach, at least for a couple of people out there. No doubt the Inzer marketing team is already working on an 'Inzer 1000' range.
Westside Dead Lift Secrets.

This review looks at the 2003 DVD edition of the Deadlift Secrets offering, which is an updated version of its early '90s predecessor. Whilst there has been a significant amount of change to some aspects of the Westside approach, the fundamentals remain constant and this DVD helps to show just how important those fundamental concepts are.

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