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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.

The Search for Greatness

This looks great.

I'm still very much in post-Christmas catch-up mode when it comes to reading (and I suspect I'm not the only one), though I've just had a quick glance at Dr Judd Biasiotto's 'The Search for Greatness'. Looks great. This is sports psychologist Dr Biasiotto's own journey, and an incredibly inspirational one at that. Check out the sample over on Amazon. Dr Judd Biasiotto's 'The Search for Greatness'.


15 Planche Progressions (Barstarzz)

Wonderful information. Love it.


Wonderful information. Love it.


Looking At : Jan 14, 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.


ONE SMARTDIET Bodyfat Measurement Tool

Very keen to test this one out.

Very keen to test this one out. The ONE SMARTDIET is a portable body composition analysis device - sharing the information via your 'phone. Great way to do it. For a look at the device itself, a spot of video :
The ONE SMARTDIET Bodyfat Measurement Tool.


What Makes an Elite Lifter (Silent Mike & Boris Sheiko)

Very interesting way to look at it.


Very interesting way to look at it.


Looking At : Jan 7, 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.


Health & Fitness Predictions for 2018

A few thoughts.

A few predictions for the coming year. Things we're bound to be talking about.


ShredsLife

The rapid cutting of body fat.

This will be an interesting series - showing the rapid cutting of body fat. Silent Mike explains.


Looking At : Dec 17, 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 Radius™ F1 - Smart Bike Light

Fantastic.

I think it's fair to say that I'm a huge fan of cycling as a means of getting around. Great way to exercise and to explore the world around you. This device helps to address the safety side of things - particularly when riding at night. The Radius™ F1 - Smart Bike Light, which becomes brighter as you cycle faster. Fantastic. A spot of video :
Sounds great.




How to Muscle Up

Fantastic tutorial.


Fantastic tutorial. If you're learning this wonderful movement, start here.


Looking At : Dec 10, 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.


GO2SLEEP

Yes, I'm somewhat obsessed with tracking my sleep.

Yes, I'm somewhat obsessed with tracking my sleep (currently I like the various smartphone apps for doing this, my own favourite is MotionX 'Sleeptracker'). Here's another contender - the GO2SLEEP. The GO2SLEEP takes the form of a ring, worn throughout the night and recharged (and synced) when you wake up. Very interesting idea. To give you an idea of what this unorthodox pairing looks like, check out the video below :
The GO2SLEEP. Look forward to trying it out.



NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


The Best Way To Grip The Human Flag

Nice one Ed.


Nice one Ed.


Looking At : Dec 3, 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.


Sleep Phaser

One of the most promising ones I've come across.


I'm always on the lookout for an automatic, hands-free sleep-monitoring solution. This is one of the most promising ones I've come across - the Sleep Phaser. Curious : what do you currently use? Ever tried the Sleep as Android app?


600lb Deadlift Technique

Nice one Omar.


Nice one Omar.


Looking At : Nov 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.


KetoneAid

A Ketone Ester performance drink.


Interesting idea. Billed as 'The Perfect Human Fuel', KetoneAid is a performance enhancer which aims to mimic the feeling of being on a 5-day Fast. Not having tried it personally, I can't say how close it comes to this goal. How about you - ever tried something like this? And would you, or are you more on the 'Ketogenic Diet' side of the fence?



NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


Assistance Exercises and the Spectrum Of Specificity

Nice one Alan.


Nice one Alan.


Looking At : Nov 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.


Dragon Door Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale

40% discount.

It seems that Dragon Door is starting their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale a little early this year (which is great for me personally). If you want to get in on the action, just head over to their site; fill your cart and use the code 'BFCM2017' at checkout. 40% discount. (And yes - once it arrives, we'd love to see it. Swing by the Google+ Community area and add a pic or two.)

NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


How To Hook Grip

Fairly painless if done correctly.

Someone asked me about these this morning : over to Clint.
Great explanation.


Looking At : Nov 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.


Looking At : Nov 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.


Looking At : Oct 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.


Looking At : Oct 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.


Athena Roar

Love running when you travel? Add one of these.

Love running when you travel? The side effect of that is not only stumbling across some incredible sites, it's accidentally ending up in some fairly unsavoury areas. This is an interesting way to tackle these situations (the unsavoury ones, that is), the Athena Roar : NB : although this version's strongly focussed on the safety aspect, I'd love to see many of the common fitness-monitoring functions built in to the device. And, of course, a way to export all of that data.
The Athena Roar Wearable Safety Accessory.



NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


Growing A Wide V-Taper Back

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Oct 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.


Anchor Point Training's 'Unbreakable' Bands

These look great.

These look great. Anchor Point Training's 'Unbreakable' Bands are - as you've doubtless ascertained from the name - resistance bands designed for frequent use. I'll be putting them through their paces shortly; in the meantime, here's a bit of video to show them in action : Anchor Point Training's 'Unbreakable' Bands.



NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


Silent Mike and the 'Ed Coan Deadlift'

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Oct 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 Blazepod

A great way to put yourself to the test.

Interesting idea. The Blazepod is a simple light, designed to be tapped at the end of each rep (depending on the exercise) in a workout. The video below shows it in action :
Designed to challenge your speed and reaction times - using basic visual cues - it looks like a great way to put yourself to the test. The Blazepod.



NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


Foot Pressure & Knee Movement in the Squat

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Oct 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.


The Tim Ferriss Show #266 - Favorite Books, Supplements and Technologies

Great list.

Taking the form of one of the podcast's Q&A episodes, this is a wonderful list of the various products and services that Tim Ferriss makes use of on a regular basis. Whilst I make use of some of them in my own life, many are new to me - though certainly intriguing - and warrant a bit of further investigation. Curious : what is on your own list - anything you'd add? The Tim Ferriss Show #266 - Favorite Books, Supplements, Simple Technologies, and More.


The Paused Squat

What, how and why.


What, how and why.


Looking At : Sep 24, 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 : Sep 17, 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 : Sep 10, 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 Modius Headset

Vestibular stimulation for fat loss.

This is certainly an interesting idea (although I'm not sure that this particular device is anywhere near precise enough to be effective) - vestibular stimulation for fat loss. Still, I'd love to see a whole lot more research (on humans) on this area. To give you an idea of the product itself, a bit of video :
The Modius Headset.


NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


Deload Week - You're Probably Doing It Wrong

Great explanation.


Great explanation.


Looking At : Sep 3, 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 QLIPP Tennis Sensor

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea - a motion sensor for tennis rackets, to measure and help improve various strokes. Would love to see the basic idea applied to a vast range of sports and activities. A bit of video will give you an idea of the size and operation of the device :
The QLIPP Tennis Sensor. NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


How To Perform The Clap Dip

Looking for a challenge? Try a few of these.


Looking for a challenge? Try a few of these.


Looking At : Aug 27, 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 Immortal Strength Harness and Water-Fillable Club

Superb combination.

This is a superb combination. Ideal for hiking/biking/training expeditions, the harness is designed to hang on to the club on the way there. As for the club itself - fill it up with water/sand/lead shot (up to 70lb worth) and get to work. Perfect. The Immortal Strength Harness and Water-Fillable Club.


Using the Weighted Dead Hang for Lat Size+Strength (and to Help Perform Additional Pull-ups)

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Aug 20, 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.



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