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Scott Andrew Bird




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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, 36) 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.

NB : Like to write a guest post for Straight to the Bar? I love hearing about how other people are training. And if you've got a strength-related competition or seminar coming up, add it to the calendar. And if you'd love to be on one of the weekly Gymchats - get in touch. Look forward to hearing from you.

My Quarter Century in The Iron Game [Kindle Version] (Sig Klein, John Wood)

And yes, his training continued well past that point.

Looks great. This compilation is from several of Sig Klein's articles in Strength and Health Magazine, put together in Kindle form by John Wood. Taking the form of an autobiography, it covers the period from 1924 - 1945. And yes, his training continued well past that point. Sig Klein's My Quarter Century in The Iron Game.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's Fridge & Current Training (Men's Health)

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Sep 15, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


ecoKeto (Vegan, Keto-Focused Nutritional Supplement)

Interesting combination.

Interesting combination. Although I'm not vegan personally, I'm certainly a fan of the occasional dose of nutritional supplementation. Great way to top up on things. Still, I'm perhaps not the perfect candidate for this offering in particular. How about you - what's your own diet like? Just in case, a bit of video :
ecoKeto (Vegan, Keto-Focused Nutritional Supplement).


How To Begin Training (Without Equipment) At Home (Thenx)

As much as I love the home gym, it's always great to see how easy it is to get started without one.


As much as I love the home gym, it's always great to see how easy it is to get started without one.


Looking At : Sep 8, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Intake (Magnetic Nasal Band)

Interesting device.

Interesting device. Although I've certainly seen nasal bands (and tape) before, this is the first magnetic system I've come across. Wouldn't mind trying one out. The device is pretty much what you'd expect. For the uninitiated, a spot of video :
The Intake Nasal Band.


Aging - The Cause, And Potential Reversal (David Sinclair)

Fascinating area.


Fascinating area.


Looking At : Sep 1, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Dinosaur Arm Training [Kindle Version] (Brooks Kubik)

A great way to dive into the 'Dinosaur' world.

Looks great. This is the Kindle version of Brooks Kubik's Dinosaur Arm Training course, for those of us who missed the original (or would simply love to have a Kindle version - nice and handy). Various arm training methods and a few specific routines. A great way to dive into the 'Dinosaur' world. Brooks Kubik's Dinosaur Arm Training.


How To Lift Atlas Stones (Rob Orlando)

Great explanation.


Great explanation.


Looking At : Aug 25, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Dullo Pillow (Neck Relief Pillow for Back, Side Sleeping)

Remember the 'sleeping on your side' video from a few weeks ago?

Remember the 'sleeping on your side' video from a few weeks ago? The Dullo Pillow looks ideal for doing just that. With customised 'craters' on each side (one for sleeping on your back, one for sleeping on your side) and two heights to pick from, it's far more customisable than the one I'm currently using. Take a look at what I mean :
Dullo Pillow.


Push-Up Technique (Thenx)

Great explanation.


Great explanation.


Looking At : Aug 18, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Zero Breeze Mark Ⅱ (Battery-Powered Portable AirCon)

Love training outdoors?

Love training outdoors? The Zero Breeze Mark Ⅱ is a battery-powered portable air conditioner, designed for use in a tent/RV/truck - anywhere you like to spend a bit of time after a serious outdoor session. Or even a hike. Although I'm slightly skeptical about the cooling potential of such a small device, I'm certainly keen to try one out here. How about you - ever used anything similar (perhaps the first generation of the device)? A spot of video :
The Zero Breeze Mark Ⅱ.


How to Get Bigger Biceps ('Athlean-X')

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Aug 11, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Dr Pocket (Portable TENS Massager)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Dr Pocket is a Portable TENS Massage device, for a quick dose of pain relief as needed. Although I'm slightly skeptical about the ability of such a small device, I'm certainly keen to try one out here. How about you - ever used anything similar (perhaps the first generation of the device)? A spot of video :
Dr Pocket.


The Origins of the Food Pyramid ('Today I Found Out')

Very interesting area.


Very interesting area.


Looking At : Aug 4, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Parásole 2.0 (Recovery Footwear)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Parásole is a combination sock/shoe hybrid, with a strong focus on the recovery side of things. Whether that's some form of weight training, or just spending a fair bit of time on your feet. I'm keen to try them out (for deadlifting particularly) - and will share a few thoughts once I've spent some time ith them. A spot of video :
The Parásole 2.0.


The Ideal Position for Sleep ('What I've Learned')

Some great tips for getting some quality shut-eye (still my favourite recovery technique).


Some great tips for getting some quality shut-eye (still my favourite recovery technique).


Looking At : Jul 28, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Custom 'Maces' (StrongerGrip)

These look great.

Death Dealer and Barbarian Sword
Ryan with the Death Dealer and Barbarian Sword.
These look great. It's fair to say that StrongerGrip makes some unusual items from time to time (these loadable 'maces' are great examples). If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of training equipment, Ryan's definitely your man. And if you're on the hunt for something a little more orthodox, I highly recommend the Epic Sledge. Love it.


How To Deadlift Properly (Eddie 'The Beast' Hall)

There are some great tips in here. Nice one.


There are some great tips in here. Nice one.


Looking At : Jul 21, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Spryng (Post-Workout Muscle Compression Device)

Looks great.

Looks great. The Spryng is a post-workout muscle compression device, designed primarily for use with the legs. The idea is pretty simple : send constant waves through the legs, to help get the blood flowing (and to help to flush out the lactic acid that's built up). A little video :
The Spryng.


Carousel Lift Challenge (From the Show 'The Strongest Man in History')

This is a tribute to Paul Anderson's lift on the Ed Sullivan Show. Fantastic.


This is a tribute to Paul Anderson's lift on the Ed Sullivan Show. Fantastic.


Looking At : Jul 14, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


MAXFIT (Portable Gym)

Looks great.

Looks great. If you travel a fair bit, you'll understand the appeal of something like this. The MAXFIT is simply a cable-centric portable gym solution, which purports to provide a reasonable dose of resistance (keen to try one out, to see how 'reasonable' it is). As for the device itself, a little video :
The MAXFIT.


How To Train For Mass (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Arnold Schwarzenegger's approach to training. Nice one.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's approach to training. Nice one.


Looking At : Jul 7, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


iTrakit (GPS bike tracker)

Looks great.

Looks great. We discuss cycling quite a bit on Straight to the Bar - it's a great way to get a little exercise whilst on your way to wherever you're going. Love it. Still, we get quite a few questions regarding the tracking of the bicycles. To monitor your own journeys, and to help prevent theft. The iTrakit takes care of the latter (though I suspect it does a little of both) : the 'theft dissuasion' part. Hidden inside the frame, discreetly. A little video will show you what I mean :
The iTrakit.


Back in the Gym, Post Surgeries (Ronnie Coleman)

Must be incredibly satisfying, particularly after the 'you'll never walk again' comments.


Must be incredibly satisfying, particularly after the 'you'll never walk again' comments. Nice one.


Looking At : Jun 30, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Move It Speed (Intelligent Punching Bag)

This is an interesting area.

This is an interesting area. Although I'm not exactly convinced by the whole 'punch the boss' angle, the 'Move It Speed''s sensors & smartphone integration aspects are certainly promising. Would love to see them used in several other pieces of equipment. And to give you an idea of the 'Move It Speed' itself, a bit of video :
Move It Speed.


The Importance of Core Strength (ThenX)

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Jun 23, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Backmate (Doorway-Mounted Self-Massager)

Looks great.


Looks great. As you can see from the above video, the Backmate is an incredibly simple idea. Completely portable (it doesn't require any fixed mounts - it expands to fit the available doorway), it looks ideal for travelling. The Backmate.


Magnus Midtbø Destroys New Grip Strength Test (Jujimufu)

Very interesting grip tools.


Very interesting grip tools : weighted rock climbing grips (the Beast Fingers Grippūl Two, aka 'Beast Grips 420 Blazet').


Looking At : Jun 16, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Next Level Strength - The Ultimate Rings and Parallettes Program (Al and Danny Kavadlo)

Looks great.

Looks great. As the name suggests, Next Level Strength is all about getting seriously strong using only those wonderful calisthenics tools - rings and paralettes. If you've ever seen either Al or Danny (or both) in action, you know what to expect. And for the uninitiated :
Next Level Strength.


Sleep is Your Superpower (Matt Walker)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Jun 9, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Emergy (Torque-Resistance Exerciser)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Emergy is a torque-resistance exerciser for basic grip work. And although I'm somewhat dubious of the device itself, the mechanism is certainly interesting. Would love to see other types of equipment make use of the 'Torque-Resistance' approach. A little video :
The Emergy.


The LifeXtenShow Pilot Episode (Lifespan.io)

It's wonderful to see a show about this area. Looking forward to it.


Although the humour may/may not be to your taste, it's wonderful to see a show about this area in particular. Looking forward to it.


Looking At : Jun 2, 2019

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


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


Superthotics (Customizable Orthotics)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. Superthotics is a customizable orthotic designed to help correct a few of the more common foot-related issues. If you enjoy the occasional run, you'll understand the appeal. And yes, in addition to running, I'll be putting them through a bit of a test in the home gym. Curious about the deadlift in particular. Superthotics.


The Science of Anti-Aging (Isaac Arthur)

Great information.


Although I regularly watch Isaac's wonderful videos on futuristic technologies, I somehow missed this one. Great information.



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