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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.

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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.


The Concept2 BikeErg

Looks good.

Was talking to someone about this just a few hours ago - the Concept2 BikeErg. Looks good. I'll be trying it out as soon as it's available here (early next year). In the meantime, a bit of video to show you what's on offer :
The Concept2 BikeErg.


Deadlift Tips with Ben Pollack

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Aug 13, 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 HearScope Smartphone Otoscope

Very interesting combination.


Very interesting combination - a smartphone-connected otoscope which makes use of artificial intelligence software to help you understand what you're looking at. Promising indeed. Look forward to learning more, particularly the online storage and sharing aspects. And of course, how well it integrates into other health monitoring tools and services. The HearScope Smartphone Otoscope.


How To Squat

Nice one Alan.


Nice one Alan.


Looking At : Aug 6, 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 Torch M1

Great idea.

Love this concept - an incredibly bright helmet-mounted light for cyclists. To see, and to be seen. Simple idea - the video shows how everything works : The Torch M1.


Bodyweight Reverse Hyperextension

Great idea.


Nice one.


Looking At : Jul 30, 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 Upsens Air Pollution Monitor

Very interesting area.

Very interesting area - the constant monitoring of air quality. I suspect we'll start seeing a number of devices shortly which tackle the problem in similar ways. As for the Upsens itself, here's a spot of video which outlines its capabilities :


How to Pick Stuff Up (Mark Rippetoe)

It might seem incredibly simple, but if your training includes stones/logs/odd objects; watch this video.


It might seem incredibly simple, but if your training includes stones/logs/odd objects; watch this video.


Looking At : Jul 23, 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 #252 - The 'Meathead Millionaire' - SuperTraining's Mark Bell

Love this show.

This is a fascinating discussion with the wonderful Mark Bell, founder of 'The strongest gym in the West', Super Training Gym in Sacramento. Love it. Dive in : http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-tim-ferriss-show


Learning the Clean & Jerk (with Meg Gallagher, Kristin Pope & Max Aita)

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Jul 16, 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 #250 - Myers-Briggs, Diet Mistakes, and Immortality

Love this show.

I love this show, especially the Q&A episodes - they provide a great insight into a wide range of topics and approaches. This show - #250: Myers-Briggs, Diet Mistakes, and Immortality - is one of those.


How to Fix a Hip Shift in Your Squat

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Jul 9, 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 UrbaNext Wheel

Rechargeable, and entirely self-contained.

This looks great. If you're already sold on the idea of electric bikes but don't fancy shelling out for a new one, this may be just the solution. The UrbaNext Wheel is a battery-powered replacement for your existing bike's front wheel. Rechargeable, and entirely self-contained. For a bit of a look at the UrbaNext, here's a bit of video :
The UrbaNext Wheel.


Finger Strengthening Technique for Closing Grippers

Fantastic explanation Joe.


Fantastic explanation Joe.


Looking At : Jul 2, 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 MeCam NeoMe (Wearable Video Camera)

A great way to record your workouts.

This looks like a great way to record your workouts - in the gym, or in the great outdoors. Particularly with the various mounts available. To give you a general idea of what's on offer, here's a spot of video :
The MeCam NeoMe.


Various Recovery Methods (Including a Brief Review of the NormaTec System)

Plenty of options available when it comes to muscular recovery.


Certainly plenty of options available (some more effective than others) when it comes to muscular recovery. Curious : what's your own approach like?


Looking At : Jun 25, 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 Mobility Ring System

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Mobility Ring is one of several tools by Scott Sonnon (you can see them all here, bottom of the page) designed for both Joint Mobility and Myofascial Release work. Accompanying them is a series of videos which demonstrate the movements themselves, as well as a PDF or two. If a little recovery work is on the cards, this are certainly worth checking out. The Mobility Ring System.


Arm Over Head Pistol Squat

Grab a kettlebell, dumbbell or anything reasonably heavy.


There are many varieties of the superb Pistol Squat - here's one of the weighted varieties. Grab a kettlebell, dumbbell or anything reasonably heavy.


Looking At : Jun 18, 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.


Hypnos Wireless Earbuds

Active noise cancellation, access to various virtual assistants and a 'sleep mode'.

In the meantime, here's a brief video overview to give you an idea of what's on offer :
The Hypnos Wireless Earbuds.


How To Develop A V-Taper

Very interesting area.


Very interesting area.


Looking At : Jun 11, 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 Upright Go Posture Device

Love the idea of constant monitoring.

Was chatting with a friend over the weekend about these 'posture warning' devices (this one's the 'Upright Go' - more here). Love the idea of constant monitoring - would be great if it were possible to export that data. Curious : has anyone here tried anything similar, and do you find yourself straightening your back even when not wearing the device?


Fatbells vs Dumbbells

Great demonstration of the Fatbells at work.


Great demonstration of the Fatbells at work.


Looking At : Jun 4, 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 Master Method Course [Kindle Edition]

Looks great.

Looks great. Next on my reading list is the Kindle Edition of the superb Master Method Course by Bill Hinbern and David P. Willoughby. Been years since I read it; really looking forward to diving back in. As the full title (The Master Method of Health, Strength and Bodybuilding) suggests, this is a complete strength and health program. To get a feel for it, swing by the Amazon page and check out the 'Look Inside' preview. The Master Method Course.


6 Variations of the Face Pull

Nice one Chris.


Nice one Chris.


Looking At : May 28, 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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