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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.

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.


Looking At : Dec 4, 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.


Dragon Door Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale

Great time to stock up.

Great time of year. As you've doubtless noticed, there are a lot of Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales on at this time of year. On all kinds of things. Of course, that makes it an ideal time to add an item or two to the Home Gym - or to build one from scratch. With that in mind, check out the offering from Dragon Door : dragondoor.com. Just add the code BFCM2016 at checkout, for a 10% discount on everything you buy. Good stuff.


Climbing, Carrying and Dragging

A combination of Hill Climbing, Carrying and Dragging. In a weighted vest.


A combination of Hill Climbing, Carrying and Dragging. In a weighted vest.


Looking At : Nov 27, 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.


The New Primal Blueprint

Ready to sort out your diet?

This looks great. I absolutely loved the original, and to say it's filled with life-changing information is no exaggeration at all. Fantastic book. The New Primal Blueprint is the updated version, combining the same overarching theme with an additional 6 years of research. If you've ever read Marks Daily Apple (great site), you'll appreciate how extensive and detailed this can be. Definitely one to check out - whether you read the original, or are new to the Primal approach. The New Primal Blueprint.


Rolling Thunder Pull-Ups

Great way to challenge your grip.


Great way to challenge your grip.


Looking At : Nov 20, 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 Golden Grips

Great combination.

These sound great. The Golden Grips are certainly unusual things. Similar idea to the 'Big Red', only with hooks (for an extra dose of grip work). Check out the main page to see what I mean : StrongerGrip Golden Grips.


Meet Kristin Pope (Juggernaut Weightlifting)

'Cut as little as possible'.


'Cut as little as possible'. Agree entirely.


Looking At : Nov 13, 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.


POZE - The Ultimate Posture Coach

Looks great.

Remember the iPosture? The Poze is a similar idea (which is definitely a good thing). I'll let the video explain :
Sounds great - the Poze


Walking Lunges (Short Stance)

Great variation.


There are some great lunge variations possible, and here's one of my favourites - the Short Stance version of the Walking Lunge.


Looking At : Nov 6, 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.


Ferocious Fitness (Phil Ross, Marty Gallagher)

This looks great.

This looks great. Ferocious Fitness : A Fighter's Proven Action Plan to Develop Blazing Power, Animalistic Strength and Killer Conditioning is a distillation of Phil Ross' training wisdom, in the form of a superbly comprehensive ebook. Although it's definitely written with combat athletes in mind, the ideas and training approaches apply to anyone who's interested in getting faster & stronger as efficiently as possible. Phil Ross' Ferocious Fitness.



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