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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, 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.

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.

Silentmode (Music-Enabled Sleep Mask)

Very interesting combination.

Very interesting combination. I've tried out a number of ways to listen to music (or audiobooks) as I fall asleep, with my current preference being audio via the TV (with an off-timer set for 15mins or so). The Silentmode looks to beat them all. If anyone's tried anything like this, I'd love to hear your thoughts. In the meantime, a spot of video :
The Silentmode Music-Enabled Sleep Mask.


Why Sleep is More Important Than Diet (Shawn Stevenson on Health Theory)

Love it.


We talk a lot about sleep on this site - it's easily my favourite form of recovery - as well as optimal nutrition. This is a fascinating discussion of both. Love it.


Looking At : May 20, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


Luft Qi (Portable Air Purifier)

Interesting idea (though I do have a few questions ... ).

Interesting idea (though I do have a few questions ... ). In particular - range (I'd love to use something like this in the gym, without carrying it around from one station to the next); and effectiveness for various types of pollutants. As for the item itself, a spot of video :
The Luft Qi Portable Air Purifier.


Meathead Meal Prep (Brian Shaw)

Interesting look at some of the regular meal prep (the meat) for a competing Strongman.


Interesting look at some of the regular meal prep (the meat) for a competing Strongman.


Looking At : May 13, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


Bala Bangles (Wearable Weights)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. Although I'd usually like something a little heavier, the 'wearable weight' approach would be ideal for several things. To give you an idea of what I mean by 'wearable weight', a bit of video :
Bala Bangles.


100 Push Ups A Day (THENX)

Great way to get a few push-ups in.


Good way to get a few push-ups in (100 in this case) - different varieties, multiple sets.


Looking At : May 6, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


Professional Heavy Duty Abdominal Roller

The 'King of Ab Wheels'.

Looks great. Serious about your ab work? Check out the Professional Heavy Duty Abdominal Roller - the 'King of Ab Wheels'. Good fun. NB : if you've never used an ab roller (aka 'ab wheel'), the basic idea is described here.


Using DIY Strongman Equipment with Clients (Alan Thrall)

Very interesting area (and yes, I agree entirely).


Very interesting area (and yes, I agree entirely).


Looking At : Apr 29, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


Perk (Caffeine Bracelet)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Perk is caffeine-laden wearable which delivers a set amount of caffeine (via a patch) gradually. Looks ideal for the pre-workout caffeine hit, particularly when travelling (or whenever a cup of coffee simply isn't available). A spot of video :
The Perk.


The Deadlift Bar (Alan Thrall)

Great explanation.


Great explanation.


Looking At : Apr 22, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


INBair O2 (Oxygen Purifier)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The INBair O2 is an oxygen purifier, delivering the gas via a simple headset. Although the claims made are fairly general in nature, I'm keen to test this (as well as the competitors which will undoubtedly follow rapidly) in the home gym. To give you an idea of the setup, a bit of video :
The INBair O2.


How To Properly Train To Lose Fat (Omar Isuf)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Apr 15, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


SQRDUP (Alignment Tool for Golf)

Interesting idea.

SQRDUP is an alignment tool for golf, though the basic idea has a great many applications beyond that. It's essentially a pair of laser lights, highlighting the optimum position. The video below will how you what I mean :
Curious : where would you love to see this approach used next? In the gym, or on a sporting field somewhere?


AutoRegulation & RPE (Silent Mike)

Interesting area.


Interesting area.


Looking At : Apr 8, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


'The Mighty Atom' Movie

Finally getting a chance to watch this. Looks great.

Finally getting a chance to sit down and watch 'The Mighty Atom'.. Looks great. If you haven't seen it yet, you can grab it here (Amazon's 'Prime Video'). And to get you in the mood, check out the trailer :
'The Mighty Atom'.


Bench Press Tips (Silent Mike)

I love these videos - examining form and discussing possible improvements.


I love these videos - examining form and discussing possible improvements.


Looking At : Apr 1, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


The DCT (Dynamic Contraction Technique) PROFLEX

Interesting device.

Interesting device. Tim Ferriss mentioned this one recently, and it's certainly an intriguing combination. Designed to enable stretching of the various muscles of the lower leg (to help prevent things like ankle sprains, as well as to correct and strengthen your feet/calves/knees); the DCT PROFLEX is a, well, take a look at the video :
The DCT PROFLEX.


A Guide To Your First Powerlifting Meet (Alan Thrall)

Great explanation.


This is a great explanation. Nice one Alan.


Looking At : Mar 25, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


The DynoSense Adore Scale

Very interesting combination.

Very interesting combination. The DynoSense Adore Scale meausres the things you'd expect, in addition to estimating things like body fat, bone density and muscle mass. Sounds great. For a look at the product itself (as well as the smartphone app), a spot of video :
Nice one. The DynoSense Adore Scale.


"How Many Calories Should I Consume?" (Jordan Feigenbaum)

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Mar 18, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


EvoWheel eBike Conversion Kit

Looks great.

Looks great. We've noted a couple of the eBike conversion kits in the past, and this one certainly looks like the simplest option (just replace the front wheel of an existing bike). A spot of video will show it in action : Nice one. The EvoWheel.


Training Older People with ZERO Experience

Nice one.


Ever tried training your older friends & relatives? Here's why you should, and how to go about doing just that.


Looking At : Mar 11, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


Looking At : Mar 4, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


Looking At : Feb 25, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


Dreamlight Sleep Mask

Looks good.

Looks good. It's a fascinating area (sleep-assistants in general), and the form factor of this one certainly appeals - an eye mask. The Dreamlight uses a combination of light/sound/basic genetic knowledge to help determine how deeply you're sleeping at any point, and wake you when you're at the lightest point - close to the alarm time of course. For a bit of a look at the device itself, a spot of video : The Dreamlight Sleep Mask.


Hosting A Strongman Competition

Nice one Alan.


Nice one Alan.


Looking At : Feb 18, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


SitTight - Balanced Active Sitting Chair

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea - a purposely unstable chair (think chair + balance board). A spot of video will show you what I mean :
Keen to try one out. The SitTight - Balanced Active Sitting Chair.


How To Press Things Overhead (Stones, Barbell, Logs etc)

Great tutorial.


Great tutorial.


Looking At : Feb 11, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


Steve Pulcinella's Iron Sport Strength Method [Kindle Edition]

Great read.

Just noticed that there's now a kindle version of Steve Pulcinella's wonderful Iron Sport Strength Method. If you've never checked this one out, you're in for a treat. It's a great read. The book is a summary of the insights Steve has gleaned from 30 years of training, and is an incredible blend of bodybuilding/powerlifting/strongman/highland games training approaches. Steve Pulcinella's Iron Sport Strength Method.


Ronnie Coleman on Surgeries

From 'Nothin But A Podcast'. Great show.


A snippet from 'Nothin But A Podcast' with Derek Ciocca, this is a wonderful discussion of a gym injury and subsequent surgeries.


Looking At : Feb 4, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


PiCO Air Quality Monitor

Looks great.

This is certainly an area of interest - air quality monitoring - and this offering looks great. A small, smartphone-connected device, the PiCO is ideal for measuring the air quality both indoors and out. For a look at the device itself, a spot of video :
The PiCO Air Quality Monitor.


How To Start Calisthenics

Very interesting suggestions.


Very interesting suggestions.


Looking At : Jan 28, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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


Bear Squeeze (Meal Replacement Shake)

Interesting combination.

Interesting combination. Although I tend to shy away from any of the 'replace every meal' shakes, this one caught my eye. Particularly as a part-time, post-workout meal. For an overview of the Bear Squeeze (Meal Replacement Shake), here's a spot of video :
Intriguing. Out of interest, have you ever tried any of the other Meal Replacement Shakes available? Would love to hear your thoughts.


Benefits of Intermittent Fasting, Daily (Josh Hewett)

How and why Josh fasts. Incidentally - I do it the same way, for the same reasons.


How and why Josh fasts. Incidentally - I do it the same way, for the same reasons. Works well.


Looking At : Jan 21, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel


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



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