Return of the Magnificent Seven

They're back.

The Magnificent Seven.
I'm on vacation for a few weeks (New Zealand's South Island - I'll be posting plenty of photos shortly after I return); back on November 16th. In the meantime, here are some gems from the archives.
A little over a year ago I posted The Magnificent Seven, a short list of my favourite articles from Straight to the Bar. There have been a number of outstanding pieces since then - accordingly, here's an updated list : the Return of the Magnificent Seven.


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  1. 30 Day Challenge : Becoming a Morning Person

    Scott Andrew Bird

    As challenges go, this was certainly a big one. The idea was simple : to find out if it's possible to go from a long-term (40 years) 'night owl', to a morning person in only a month.

    It is.

  2. Kettlebell, TRX, & Ultimate Sandbag Exercises for Healthy Shoulders and Happier Hamstrings (part II, III)

    Troy Anderson

    This is a fantastic series, looking at some incredibly innovative ways to combine these tools to greatly reduce athletes' injury time. Beautiful.

  3. Thomas Topham : The First Modern Strongman

    Scott Andrew Bird
    I love researching the History of Strength in general, particularly surrounding the origins of performing Strongmen. One of the first of these was certainly the Strong Man of Islington, London's Thomas Topham.

    For more articles on the history of physical culture, swing by

  4. GripWalking

    Dan Hardisky
    Dan shares some brilliant insights into all aspects of grip training, and this is a truly inspired idea. If you're ready to take your grip work up a notch, give this a go.
  5. How to Become a Better Armwrestler

    Scott Latella
    There's a lot more than brute strength involved in this wonderful sport. Scott explains.
  6. Suspension Training 101

    Derek 'D-Rock' Peruo
    If you've ever considered giving something like the TRX a run but aren't quite sure where to begin, this is the article for you. Perfect.

    NB : this one's also available as a free PDF, which you can grab here. Perfect if you're looking to print it out.

  7. Why Conditioning is King

    Dean Coulson
    Conditioning is what is often meant when people talk of 'getting in shape'. Dean explains what it is, how to incorporate it in your training; and above all, why you'll want to. Fantastic.

These are just some of the incredible articles posted here in the last year or so. For more fantastic reading, check out the 'Best of Straight to the Bar' list. Superb.

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, 35) 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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