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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.

Ascent (Whey Protein Powder)

Looks great.

Looks good - will be testing it out shortly. Ascent Native Fuel is the protein powder that Tim Ferriss mentioned recently in a 'Five Bullet Friday' newsletter (and of course in the '4 Hour Body'). If you've never read it, the newsletter notes :
Ever since I wrote The 4-Hour Body, starting my day with ~30 grams of protein has been part of my routine. Of course, I don't always have time or the patience to cook a meal, so I supplement. Unfortunately, most protein powders are filled with excess sugar, questionable artificial sweeteners, or low-grade protein. Ascent Protein is an exception -- it contains zero artificial ingredients, artificial sweeteners, or added sugar. They also nailed the taste; they tested 282 versions before getting the chocolate (my favorite) just right. If you prefer, they also offer vanilla bean, cappuccino, and lemon sorbet flavors. Visit ascentprotein.com/Tim and use the code TFASCENT and you'll receive 20% off of your entire purchase. If you want a quick dose of protein to start your day or end a workout, this is a great option and my default. Use TFASCENT for your 20% discount. Enjoy!
If you're curious to find out more, swing by : www.ascentprotein.com/tim. Sounds great.


Arnold Schwarzenegger : Heavy Training at 71 (Gym Nation 2.0)

After the surgery, straight back into it.


After the surgery, straight back into it.


Looking At : Sep 16, 2018

This week on Google+, Twitter (especially the lists!) a


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.


Meyko (Medication Reminder for Children)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Meyko is a medication reminder for children (for asthmatics in this case, but it could be anything), gamifying the regular consumption of medication. Doses are linked to care of the device. A bit of video will show you what I mean :
The Meyko.


Heavy Lifting at 6'6 (Jujimufu)

Love it.


A little on the tall side? Here's a great look at some seriously heavy lifting at 6'6. Love it.


Looking At : Sep 9, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter (especially the lists!) a


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.


Lessons 1 & 2 of David Webster's 'The Complete Physique Course' [Kindle Edition]

Looks great.

Looks great. This is the Kindle version of David Webster's 'The Complete Physique Course' - Lessons 1 & 2. It's a wonderful combination of free-weight and bodybuilding-style training. I haven't read the originals for a long, long time - looking forward to diving in to the Kindle incarnation. Lessons 1 & 2 of David Webster's 'The Complete Physique Course' [Kindle Edition].


Fit Expo Grip Testing (Jujimufu)


Love it.


Looking At : Sep 2, 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 (Portable Streaming Music Player)

Looks great.

Looks great. The Mighty is a combination of the iPod Shuffle (remember those?) and a 'portable, streaming music player', better known as a 'phone. Should be the ideal device for a blast of music during a workout. The video below will show you what I mean :
The Mighty.


How to Make an Indoor Climbing Wall (I Like to Make Stuff)

Love it.


A great DIY idea - an indoor climbing wall. Love it.


Looking At : Aug 26, 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 PR2 (Band Deadlifts Platform)

Looks great.

Looks great. The PR2 is a purpose-built Band Deadlift Platform, small enough to be portable and solid enough to cope with some insanely heavy pulls. Adjustable, designed to cope with both Standard & Reverse Band Deadlifts. A spot of video :
NB : I must admit, my own setup is very much like the DIY one shown in the video; but a dedicated platform like this certainly has its advantages. Ever tried one? The PR2 Band Deadlifts Platform.


Calisthenics Progressions (Calisthenicmovement)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Aug 19, 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.


An Unusual Source of Protein : Cricket Flour

Interesting.

Interesting. I'm keen to try some of these myself - Seek Food's various cricket-based products (notably the various cricket flours on offer). Curious - have you experimented with any of these yourself? Any suggestions?


Grip Strength Exercises for Wrists & Forearms (Criticalbench)

A very solid start.


There are certainly plenty of alternatives, but the 13 exercises here are a very solid start.


Looking At : Aug 12, 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.


TUWAN (Anti-Snoring Pillow Pad)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The TUWAN is a pair of devices - one to detect snoring, the other to move the pillow slightly - shifting the snorer's head. Although I haven't tried this myself, I'm keen to give it a run. Ever tried one - or anything similar - yourself? In the meantime, a spot of video :
The TUWAN.


The Hollow Body Hold (& Variations) vs Sit-ups (Calisthenic Movement)

Interesting exercise.


Interesting exercise.


Looking At : Aug 5, 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.


Lumen (Nutrition Monitor)

Keen to try one of these.

Keen to try one of these. The Lumen is a breath-based nutrition monitor, measuring your caloric burn via your breath and suggesting meals accordingly. Interesting idea; keen to see how accurate it is, and whether I can combine the data with that from other devices. The Lumen.


Performing the Barbell Row (Alan Thrall)

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Jul 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.


AirSelfie2 (Small Camera Drone)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. I'm always on the lookout for new ways to document my own training (typically outdoors, various locations), and this is an intriguing option - the AirSelfie2 (think small camera drone). Anyone tried one?


The Pseudo Planche Pushup & Variations (Austin Dunham)

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Jul 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.


Coolala (SolarPowered Portable Air Conditioner)

Making outdoor works a whole lot more enjoyable in the summer months.

Making outdoor works a whole lot more enjoyable in the summer months, the Coolala is a solar-powered, portable air conditioner. A spot of video :
Looks great.


Building A Bench Press Station From A Tree (Buff Dudes)

A slightly different take on outdoor training.


A slightly different take on outdoor training.


Looking At : Jul 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.


The Rogue Fitness Sandbags

These look great.

These look great - heavy, configurable sandbags. The video (Alan Thrall) will show you a great way to use them - in place of Atlas stones.
The Rogue Fitness Sandbags.


Total Fitness Bodybuilding Video Chat (Lee Hayward)

Another great Q&A series - this time with the incredible Lee Hayward.


Another great Q&A series - this time with the incredible Lee Hayward.


Looking At : Jul 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.


Prepdeck (Food Preparation Assistant)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. I go through a fair bit of food here, and I suspect I'm not the only one. Prepared in batches wherever possible. Prepdeck is a kitchen assistant to help keep everything precisely measured, and organised. A bit of video to show you what I mean :
The Prepdeck.


Learning How To Program, 5/3/1, Managing A Gym (Alan Thrall)

Great information Alan.


It's Q&A time once again. Great information Alan.


Looking At : Jul 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.


FATBAR (Low Carb, High Fat Pre-Workout Bars)

Always on the lookout for new protein bars, and these look great.


Always on the lookout for new protein bars, and these look great - the FATBARs. Anyone tried them; or any others that you'd recommend? The FATBAR.


Pivot Blocks, and Fixing The Good Morning Squat (Alan Thrall)

Great information Alan.


Great information Alan.


Looking At : Jun 24, 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 Dinosaur Files' for May/June 2018

I love these.

I love these. The latest issue of Brooks Kubik's 'The Dinosaur Files' (May/June 2018) is now available. An instant .PDF download. Perfect. If you've never read one, these are monthly newsletters which comprise a mix of pieces by Brooks, well-known old-time strongmen and the Dinosaur Training community. It's a great mix. You can grab the latest incarnation here : brookskubik.com/dinosaurfiles-mayjune2018.html .


AlphaDestiny Q&A (Alex Leonidas)

There's some great information in these videos.


There's some great information in these videos. Cheers Alex.


Looking At : Jun 17, 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 iQsquare Cycling Power Meter

Looks great.

Looks great. The iQsquare Cycling Power Meter is a feature-rich, relatively low cost (for Power Meters, that is) device for professional and serious amateur cyclists alike. Available in November this year, the video below will show you exactly what's on offer : :
The iQsquare Cycling Power Meter.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fasting (Jimmy Moore on Health Theory)

Very interesting discussion.


Very interesting discussion with Jimmy Moore on fasting, low-carb diets and nutrition in general.


Looking At : Jun 10, 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.


SPT2 (Wearable GPS Tracker for Team Sports)

Looks great.

Looks great (would love to see them used around here). The SPT (Sports Performance Tracking) is a wearable GPS tracker, to keep an eye on the movements of each athlete on the team. If someone's injured/slowing down/underperforming it's immediately clear. As for the item itself, a spot of video will help show you what I mean :
The SPT2 Wearable GPS Tracker.


A Brain Boosting Breakfast for Low Carb Diets (Max Lugavere)

I get a lot of questions about low-carb diets in general (notably Paleo), and this answers one of the more common ones - how to begin the day.


I get a lot of questions about low-carb diets in general (notably Paleo), and this answers one of the more common ones - how to begin the day.


Looking At : Jun 3, 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 : May 27, 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.


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.



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