Merry Christmas (and Some Great Holiday Reading)

Even Santa finds time to squeeze in a few sets of pulldowns.

As you can see, even Santa finds time to squeeze in a few sets of pulldowns. Have a great holiday.

There have been a number of fantastic articles on Straight to the Bar this year, contributed by a range of guest authors. While you're temporarily escaping the festivities, take a look through some of my favourites.

10, to be exact.

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  1. Grrl's Valentine's Day Wishlist (Kat Ricker)
    No matter what time of year it is, if you're looking for gift ideas for your strength-training girl, this is a great place to start.
  2. Bare-Handed Nail Driving Basics (Ryan Pitts)
    Ryan takes a great look at the training and technique behind this incredible feat. If you've ever considered having a go at some barehanded nail driving, make sure you read this.
  3. 7 Reasons to Start Bending Nails (Jedd 'Napalm' Johnson)
    Ready to include some bending in your workouts? Jedd takes a look at just a few of the benefits of this wonderful sport. Good fun.
  4. Give Your Workout a Name! (Fight Geek)
    Fight Geek notes the power of making a simple change to your training - giving your workouts names. Works well.
  5. Tearing A License Plate (Chris Rider)
    Chris explains the method behind this fantastic strength feat.
  6. The Investments [I,II,III,IV] ('Unbreakable' Adam T Glass)
    Ready to crank your training up a notch? Adam details a number of superb exercises which will take you several steps closer to incredible strength. A brilliant series.
  7. Hanging Core Variations (Joe Hashey)
    Joe has written some incredible stuff this year (including the upcoming Bull Strength manual), and here's just a sample. Very creative.
  8. How to Train for Strength (Parth Shah)
    Ready to get seriously strong? Parth explains the basics.
  9. Recovery and Regeneration for the Strength Athlete (Patrick Ward)
    This is a great look at recovery techniques for all types of strength athletes. If you know that post-training 'I'll sleep well tonight' feeling well, read on.
  10. Building A Neck Of Steel (Mike 'The Machine' Bruce)
    Mike - a man with insane neck strength - takes a look at the basics of training this oft-overlooked body part.

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.

The Investments Part V : Impervious Shoulders.

The shoulder is vulnerable to many types of injury - usually.

Blast from the Past : Hand Strength - Grip, Bending and Tearing.

Get ready for some seriously strong hands.

Blast from the Past : Kettlebells.

What kettlebells are, where to get them and how to put them to work.

Getting to Know : Chris Rider.

A truly amazing guy.

Of course, if you enjoyed these, I'd highly recommend grabbing the Strength & Fitness Newsletter. Delivered weekly, and absolutely free.

(there's also a Daily Update, if you're looking for an even larger dose of training-related goodness.)

NB : If you'd like to write a guest post for Straight to the Bar, or if you'd like to join the team of Moderators here (I love hearing about everyone's training approaches) - get in touch. And if you've got a fitness competition or seminar coming up, add it to the calendar.

Look forward to hearing from you.

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