Where It All Began

Today marks the 8th anniversary of Straight to the Bar (the first post was Re-Entering the World of Fitness), and to say I'm grateful is an understatement. Thank you for all of the comments, techniques, ideas and inspiration.
As examples of all of the above (and to show just how transformative a regular dose of training can be), here are just a few of the many stories we've shared here over the years. How the journey really began.

as well as a brief look at my own transformation.

Want more? No problem. We'll be publishing a few more of these stories over the next few months (and if you'd like to add yours, just let me know); a spot of inspiration for everyone who's just getting started. And if you are, welcome.

It really will change your life.

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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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How and Why I Train : Robert Lucarelli.Robert Lucarelli.How did it all begin? Like this.
How I Started in Weight Training and Bodybuilding.Kirk Fontaine.Kirk Fontaine takes a look at how it all began. Fantastic.
Looking At : Nov 18, 2012.

During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Strength Training Changed My Life.Joe Hashey.Strength training has been one of the largest influences on my life over the last decade. It has built me up....and humbled me all in the same sessions. Without training, things would be A LOT different.
My Home Gym Story.

New space, new possibilities.

Dan Hardisky : My Weight Success Story.Dan Hardisky.I guess the old saying "98 lb weakling" is true to some extent, as least for me. In school, (60's) I was underweight and didn't play any sports. Most of the kids were more mature than me, although I could match them academically.

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.)

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Look forward to hearing from you.

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