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UPDATE 12/12/12 : We've started up a Community page on Google+, specifically for Straight to the Bar. Here you'll find detailed discussions on techniques, equipment, nutrition, competitions and a whole lot more.
Come and say hello at :

The Straight to the Bar Community page : https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100569524789778696565

See you there.

Over the past week or so I've been exploring Google's new social service, Google+ (thanks Adam). Absolutely fantastic.


There's already been a lot written on what it is, what it's likely to become, how to use it and so on (I've listed a few of my favourite resources below). In the meantime though, a quick question :

Who'd like an invite? Just let me know your email address, or head over to my profile page, sign in, and follow the links.

See you there.


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This looks superb. 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.


Those links (explaining what/why etc) :

Dive in.


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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