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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, 34) 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.

The Autism Fitness Level 1 Certification

This looks wonderful.

This looks wonderful. The Autism Fitness Level 1 Certification is the distilled wisdom from more than a decade of working directly with a wide range of individuals. Aimed at fitness trainers, PE and APE coaches, parents and therapists; it's a comprehensive course teaching various assessment and exercise skills. There's a full rundown (including dates & locations) on the site; suffice to say it looks fantastic. The Autism Fitness Level 1 Certification.


DIY Home Gym In A Box

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Mar 26, 2017

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 Illumy 'Smart Sleep Mask'

Very interesting pairing.

We've looked at a number of sleep-related devices over the years, and here's a very interesting pairing : the deceptively simple Illumy 'Smart Sleep Mask'. Looks great. Particularly for travel ('planes, trains, cars etc - anywhere you want to get some sleep while the lights are on). The Illumy 'Smart Sleep Mask'.


Belt Squat Thoughts

A few thoughts on a piece of equipment not seen often enough - a belt squat machine.


Zach shares a few thoughts on a piece of equipment not seen often enough - a belt squat machine. Good stuff.


Looking At : Mar 19, 2017

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 OYO DoubleFlex Black

Always on the lookout for new ways to train when travelling.

Always on the lookout for new ways to train when travelling. If you spend any time on-the-road, I'm sure you'll understand why. This is the piece of equipment I'm currently investigating - The OYO DoubleFlex Black. Ships this June.


Weightlifting 101 - The Basics

The first part of a very promising series.


The first part of a very promising series. Love it.


Looking At : Mar 12, 2017

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 Way of The Iceman

Looks great.

Looks great. The Way of The Iceman is a detailed account of 'The Wim Hof Method' - Wim Hof's approach to breath control, pain tolerance, athletic recovery and a whole lot more. Suffice to say that I'm really looking forward to this one. Full review shortly; in the meantime you can check out the book's Foreword over on the sales page. The Way of The Iceman.


2017 Arnold Strongman Classic - The Timber Carry

Love it.


It's fair to say that there's been plenty of video goodness from this years' Arnold Strongman Classic. Here's one of my favourites (both the video and the event itself) - The Timber Carry.


Looking At : Mar 5, 2017

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 Silver Bullet DVD

This looks great.

This looks great. As the name suggests, this is a look at the training required in order to successfully tackle this somewhat uncommon grip challenge. Comprising a number of videos and exercise descriptions, this is an ideal package. As for the lift itself, here's a bit of video to show it in action :

The Silver Bullet DVD.


How To Correct Forward Head Posture

Great video.


Great video.


Looking At : Feb 26, 2017

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 StrongerGrip Leviathan

Wonderful combination.

This looks great. The Leviathan is a wonderful combination - a water-fillable Mace to make your leverage work even more challenging. And yes, it's made-to-measure. You'll find the details over on the StrongerGrip site, but the picture at left will give you an idea of what to expect. Custom, hand-made and supremely tough. The StrongerGrip Leviathan.


Road to the Arnold 2017 -- Hafthor Björnsson

The insanely strong Hafthor Björnsson.


The insanely strong Hafthor Björnsson.


NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Looking At : Feb 19, 2017

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 Matrix PowerWatch

Great combination.

Great combination. The Matrix PowerWatch is a fitness tracker/smartwatch that's powered by body heat. Go for a run, record your session and recharge the battery. A bit of video to show you what I mean :
These'll be shipping later this year. Very keen to try one.


Squat School | Hip Structure and Squat Technique

Extremely thorough explanation.


Extremely thorough explanation. Love it.

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Looking At : Feb 12, 2017

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.


Indestructible Elbows

Looks great.

Looks great.
Indestructible Elbows is an updated version of 'Napalm' Jedd Johnson's wonderful 2013 offering, comprising several sample workouts and techniques which can be applied to your own. It even includes video demonstrations of several particularly unusual movements. Full review coming up shortly (I'm about to dive into this one myself); in the meantime, check out the details over on the book's sales page. Indestructible Elbows.


Fixing the 'Knees cave in when squatting' Problem

Nice one guys.


Nice one guys.

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Looking At : Feb 5, 2017

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.


Monkii Bars 2

Looks great.

I was chatting to someone this morning about training when travelling, and he pointed to this - the Monkii Bars 2 :
Looks great.


Pinch Pull-ups

These are great.


These are great.


NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Looking At : Jan 29, 2017

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.


Air Pollution and Electric Cars

Dive in.

As you've doubtless noticed, we talk about air pollution quite a bit on Straight to the Bar. If you've ever tried training outdoors near a polluted city, you'll understand why.


Sleep.ai

An Anti-Snore Wearable.

Sleep is easily my favourite recovery method, and years of fine-tuning have paid enormous dividends. It helps far more than you may realise. With that in mind, any improvements are always welcome. Say hello to a particularly interesting one - the Sleep.ai Anti-Snore Wearable. A bit of video will explain how it works :
The Sleep.ai Anti-Snore Wearable.


Shoulder Rehab Work

Nice one.


Nice one.


NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Looking At : Jan 22, 2017

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.


Lief Smart Patch

A wearable patch that constantly measures heartrate and breathing rate.


Interesting idea - a wearable patch that constantly measures heartrate and breathing rate. Although it's been designed as an anti-stress device, I'm keen to see it used in many other ways. Particularly the recovery gained from sleep. The Lief Smart Patch.


Bodybuilding, Workout & Nutrition Tips for TALL Guys

Great advice.


Great advice.


NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Looking At : Jan 15, 2017

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 Pullup & Dip

Great idea.

Finally saw someone (a personal trainer with a large group of clients, outdoors) using one of these - a Pullup & Dip (portable outdoor chinning bar & dip station). Works extremely well. And if you're not quite sure what I mean by 'portable outdoor chinning bar & dip station', here's a bit of video :
The Pullup & Dip. Great idea.


Building an Indoor Pull-Up/Chin-Up Bar

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Jan 8, 2017

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 Olive (Low-Cost Hearing Aids)

Within reach.

The Olive is a pair of hearing aids with 'low cost' being the driving force - putting them within reach of an incredible number of people. No doubt we'll hear a whole lot more on these once they're a little closer to production, in the meantime here's a bit of video to help explain the overall idea :
The Olive.


STONELAND

Wonderful film.


Wonderful film.


Looking At : Jan 1, 2017

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 : Dec 25, 2016

Merry Christmas. Whatever you're doing, have a great one.


Merry Christmas. Whatever you're doing, have a great one.


The Intuitive Flow 'Daily Double'

This looks great.

This looks great. The Intuitive Flow 'Daily Double' is simply a pair of exercise sets one for the morning, one for the evening. Basic bodyweight movements. This video outlines the overall idea :
The Intuitive Flow 'Daily Double'. NB : I'll share my thoughts once I've been doing these for a while. And yes, I'd love to hear your own experiences - both with this, and the entire Intu-Flow Longevity System.


Rock Climbing - Transitioning from the Gym to the Crag (Meagan Martin)

A few thoughts.


Great information Meagan.


The Future of Fitness : Health & Fitness Predictions for 2017

A few thoughts on the coming year.

As has become customary at this time of year, I'll share a few thoughts on the fitness-related changes I suspect we'll see in the year ahead. Things that will have an impact whether you're on the 'training regularly' or 'fitness professional' side of the fence.
Diving in : Over to you. What are your own thoughts on the various items above? What else would you expect to see, and when?


Looking At : Dec 18, 2016

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.


Pain Cakes

Interesting idea - an adhesive cold pack.

Interesting idea - an adhesive cold pack (for sporting injuries, pain relief etc). The video below shows them in use :
Anyone tried one of these? Would love to hear your thoughts.


Back Angle on The Rower

Great information.


Great information.

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Looking At : Dec 11, 2016

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.


StrongerGrip 'Hammer of the Gods'

Wonderful combination of design and function.

This looks fantastic. As with all of the StrongerGrip grip gear, this is a wonderful combination of design and function. A loadable, long-handled hammer. The main page has the full specs : strongergrip.com/newly-released/hammer-of-the-gods The StrongerGrip Hammer of the Gods.


Self-Administered Rhomboid Static Release

Nice one Brent.


Nice one Brent. And if you're looking for the ball he used, it's here.



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