Keeping the Conversation Going : The Return of Comments

I love talking about training.

Since the very beginning of this blog (Jan 2004), I've been looking for ways to keep this conversation going, in as many ways as possible. The forums, weekly twitterchats, YouTube videos and photos on Flickr. And of course, Facebook.

Alongside those - and predating them in many cases - were comments beneath the blog articles themselves. These provided invaluable feedback to the various article authors, as well as becoming conversations in their own right. It offered a tantalising glimpse into the strength-training community.

Unfortunately, due solely to spam, I was forced to close down these comments in 2007. Although there are many other ways to talk about training (particularly the ones mentioned above), I always missed the kinds of insights they brought. Sometimes immediately, and sometimes long after the article was written. Always extremely informative.

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Mike Gillette's 'Rings of Power' explains the various ways to use - progressively - this incredible tool. With clear emphases on both strength and rehabilitation, it's an ideal starting point for many. Particularly the 'over 40' (of which I'm a proud member) crowd. For a glimpse into the world of 'Rings of Power', a brief quote from the review page :
If you care about getting strong, staying strong, and remaining injury free, Rings of Power is essential reading. I incorporated rings into my own training program a couple of years ago and am glad I did. At 45 years old, I am able to continue my strength pursuits unhindered by the joint and tendon injuries that plague many in the over-40 athletic community. - Dr Chris Hardy
Mike Gillette's 'Rings of Power'. Perfect.
NB : To see the other training-related books we recommend, swing by the 'Recommended Reading' page. And for a complete list, head on over to Goodreads.

I'm pleased to say that a recent move to a new server, a few software updates, and a little tweaking have resulted in one thing : the return of comments. To say I'm happy is an understatement.

Now it's over to you. In addition to the forums, twitterchats, Facebook and so on, you can comment directly on the articles themselves. The more recent works, or those published several years ago (here's a full list). It's all fair game.

What are your thoughts?

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, 32) and is now making amends for years of many mistakes noted in the De-constructing computer guy articles (part 2) on T-Nation.

Stalkers may wish to track his every move via Twitter, Google+ or Facebook; everyone else is cordially invited to hop over to his online home. Enjoy.

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NB : If you'd like to write a guest post for Straight to the Bar - I love hearing how other people are training - 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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