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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.

Looking At : Mar 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.


Looking At : Mar 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.


Balanx (EMS Training Suit)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Balanx is a workout suit which incorporates a number of EMS devices (so you're still training, not just sitting in front of the TV). A spot of video will show you what I mean :

Personally, I'm interested in the rehab potential of the suit. Especially if the EMS can be controlled accurately, and remotely. The Balanx.


Brian Shaw at the Arnold (Injury, and Lifts)

As terrible as it is to see an injury, the response to it (this video and the following one) is wonderful.


As terrible as it is to see an injury, the response to it (this video and the following one) is wonderful.


Looking At : Mar 3, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Feb 24, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Feb 17, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Cybershoes (Virtual Reality Footwear)

Great idea.

Great idea. And yes, the idea of a 'virtual gym & training partner' just got one step closer. Love it.
btw, although this particular video focuses on the gaming aspect, the potential use as both a fitness and health device is wonderful. Cybershoes (Virtual Reality Footwear).


Heavy Weights vs Light Weights for Big Biceps (Athlean-X)

Time to grow.


Very interesting ideas (for biceps, and in general).


Looking At : Feb 10, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Feb 3, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Jan 27, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


RIDM (Fat & Muscle Tracking)

Interesting device.

Interesting device. The RIDM is a handheld bodyfat analyser, with data displayed via a smartphone app. Not sure yet if it connects to existing health services like Apple Health and Google Fit; or if it can export the data to a third-party app somewhere. Keen to try one out. A spot of video :
The RIDM.


Fasting and its Effect on Insulin (Thomas DeLauer)

Great explanation Tom.


If you've ever fasted for a few days (or more), you may have noticed this. Great explanation Tom.


Looking At : Jan 20, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Jan 13, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Jan 6, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Dec 30, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


The Future of Fitness : Health & Fitness Predictions for 2019

A few thoughts.

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


Looking At : Dec 23, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Dinosaur Strength and Power Courses (PDFs)

These look great.

These look great. It's fair to say that I've got plenty of reading material (training-specific, of course) ready for the holiday period. Although I'm always on the lookout for more. The list has just grown a little longer with the Dinosaur Strength and Power Courses - a series of short courses over on Brooks Kubik's site. You'll find them here : Dinosaur Strength and Power Courses.


Lean vs Strong (Omar Isuf)

Can you ever be too lean? If you care primarily about strength, yes.


Can you ever be too lean? If you care primarily about strength, yes.


Looking At : Dec 16, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Fasciawear (Workout Clothing)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. Fasciawear is workout clothing designed to assist with both pretension and compression, using inbuilt resistance bands running along the fasciae. A bit of video will show you what I mean :
Although I'm somewhat skeptical about some of the claims made, I'm still keen to try one out (the deliveries are currently scheduled for March 2019). Fasciawear.


Complete Guide To Intermittent Fasting (Thomas DeLauer)

I get a lot of questions on Intermittent Fasting - here's a full guide on how to go about things.


I get a lot of questions on Intermittent Fasting - here's a full guide on how to go about things.


Looking At : Dec 9, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


KEYTO (Breath Analyser & Mobile App)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea.
KEYTO is a ketogenic diet assistant that combines a Breath Analyser with a Mobile App. Great combination. Two main questions : I'm curious to see how accurate it is, and how flexible the app is (I want to be able to export the data, and to use connect it to other apps). Will get a chance to find out both when it arrives. In the meantime, a spot of video : The KEYTO.


Staying Lean Year-Round (Athlean-X)

Great advice (apart from the initial list, of course).


Great advice (apart from the initial list, of course).


Looking At : Dec 2, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


The Drive Podcast (Peter Attia, MD)

Sounds like a fantastic mix.

Looks great.
Peter Attia's 'The Drive' Podcast describes itself as 'Optimizing performance, health, longevity, critical thinking...and a few other things', which sounds like a fantastic mix. And although it's been on for a while now, I've just stumbled across it myself. Looks like I've got a little catching up to do. Peter Attia's 'The Drive' Podcast.


Brian Shaw Rolling a Frying Pan (Jujimufu)

I never get tired of seeing this feat. Love it.


I never get tired of seeing this feat. Love it.


Looking At : Nov 25, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Atmotube 2.0 (Portable Air Pollution Monitor)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. We've certainly been discussing air pollution a fair bit this week, and I just came across this offering - the The Atmotube 2.0. Long-term readers may remember the first incarnation of the device. Although I've got plenty of 'does it integrate with ... ' questions, I'm keen to try one out. And in the meantime, a spot of video :
The Atmotube 2.0 - Portable Air Pollution Monitor.


The Ideal Workout Split - For You (Athlean-X)

Not growing as quickly as you could?

Not growing as quickly as you could? 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...


Looking At : Nov 18, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Altifarm (Indoor Herb Garden)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. We've been talking recently about the various ways to fine-tune your diet, and 'growing your own herbs & vegetables' is certainly high on the list. The The Altifarm is a great way to do just that. Designed especially for indoor/small space use, it's essentially an organised stack of adjustable height planter boxes. A little video will show you what I mean :
The Altifarm.


Improving Brain Health, Reducing Dementia Risk (Max Lugavere)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Nov 11, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


DreamOn (Sleep 'Watch')

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The DreamOn 'Watch' is a wrist-worn device, designed to help you get to sleep. Curious to try one (though somewhat skeptical); particularly interested in the ability to export the sleep data to other apps. In the meantime, a little video of the device :
The DreamOn Sleep 'Watch'.


How to Fix Wrist Pain (FitnessFAQs)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Nov 4, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Oct 28, 2018

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 21, 2018

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.


Sated Keto (Meal Replacement Shake)

Interesting.

Interesting. Whilst the ketogenic part is debatable, this looks like a great meal replacement shake. Keen to try it out. In the meantime, a spot of video :
Sated's Keto (Meal Replacement Shake).


The Psychological Approach to Rapid Fat Loss (Gravity Transformation)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Oct 14, 2018

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.


Google+ is No More

Sadly, it's closing down.

This week we saw the impending closure of the wonderful Google+ - one of the online homes to the Straight to the Bar Community for several years now. Although the various sections aren't set to be for a while yet, it may be a good time to revisit (and download as desired) some of the previous discussions on there. You'll find a full list of the Gymchats here, and the community area here (just search for the desired person or topic). In the meantime, the discussions continue on our other online homes (list below). We'd love for you to join us at : NB : we always love seeing - and hearing about - how other people train. If you've got suggestions for fine-tuning the abovementioned communities, drop us a line. Cheers.


HYDROW (Live Outdoor Reality Rower)

This looks great.

This looks great. The HYDROW bills itself as a 'Live Outdoor Reality Rower' (think rowing machine with a screen showing another rower, outdoors), which lets you row with world class athletes streaming live from the water. Very interesting concept - would love to see other pieces of equipment offer a similar pairing. To give you an idea of what this thing looks like and how it works, a spot of video :
The HYDROW.


How Long Should You Be Resting Between Sets? (Gravity Transformation)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Oct 7, 2018

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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