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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, 33) and is now making amends for years of many mistakes noted in the De-constructing computer guy articles (part 2) on T-Nation.

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Dom D'Agostino on the Tim Ferris Show

How the pursuit of size and strength impacts the pursuit of longevity.

Very interesting area. Dr Dominic 'Dom' D'Agostino - an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine - appears on episode 188 of Tim Ferris' podcast, discussing the ways in which the pursuit of size and strength impacts the pursuit of longevity. Fascinating indeed. You can grab the audio here, or subscribe to the show on something like iTunes. Dom D'Agostino on the Tim Ferris Show


Steve Cotter Kettlebell Juggling

Much, much harder than he makes it look.


Much, much harder than he makes it look.


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 : Sep 25, 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 Keto Summit

A detailed look at ketosis and ketogenesis.

As the name suggests, the Keto Summit is a conference which takes a detailed look at ketosis and ketogenesis. If you've ever considered (or currently enjoy) a ketogenic diet, swing by. Despite the wealth of information available - through dozens of talks taking a look at the area from all angles - it's free, and available entirely online. To find out more (and to sign up), swing by : http://ketosummit.com.


Down South Pulling Wars

Good fun.


Good stuff.


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 : Sep 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.


Secrets of the Windmill (Andrea Du Cane)

Wonderful exercise.

This looks great. 'Secrets of the Windmill' is Andrea Du Cane's instructional video on performing the Kettlebell Windmill. Wonderful exercise. Andrea explains (and demonstrates) the exercise itself, as well as the many variations possible and the path to progress to each. It's an extremely comprehensive offering. Andrea Du Cane's 'Secrets of the Windmill'.


The Perfect Pull-Up

Wonderful tutorial.


Wonderful tutorial.


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. We also discuss a number of training-related books. If you're looking for the full list of the ones I recommend personally, swing by Goodreads. Great site.


Looking At : Sep 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.


Fireflies (Wireless Earbuds)

Listen while you train.

I'm currently on the lookout for a pair of workout-friendly wireless headphones; to replace a wired pair which has finally decided to stop working. Well, one side has anyway. These look interesting - the Fireflies. Anyone tried them, or anything similar? Any you'd recommend?
Fireflies.


Raw Supersets Conditioning (56kg Pistols, OAPs, 80kg pull-ups)

Wonderful combinations.


Wonderful combinations.


Looking At : Sep 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.


Olympic Bar to Cambered Bar Converter

Great idea.

These look great. The deceptively simple Olympic Bar to Cambered Bar Converter; the video below will show you exactly what it is :
Good stuff.


Basic Agility Ladder Drills

Great demonstration.


Great demonstration.


Looking At : Aug 28, 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.


Intrinsic Strength Training (Angelo Grinceri)

A peek at Angelo Grinceri's own training philosophy.

Looks good. Intrinsic Strength Training is a look at Angelo Grinceri's own training philosophy - leaning more toward standing, full-body exercises than their seated cousins. Naturally, I'll share a few thoughts once I've finished (it's available as an ebook, so I'll certainly be diving straight in). In the meantime, this interview with the wonderful Adrienne Harvey will help explain Angelo's background, and the thinking behind this approach to training. Angelo Grinceri's Intrinsic Strength Training.


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. And if you're looking for the full list of the training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Squatting 25 People (Randy Richey)

A wonderful way to showcase strength.


A wonderful way to showcase strength - a little people-squatting.


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 : Aug 21, 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.


Mental Muscle Intensive (Logan Christopher)

Perfect.

Remember the book Mental Muscle? Superb read. Having said that, topics like these certainly lend themselves to an 'in-person' style of teaching. That's exactly what this is - a two-day conference which shares the book's many tools and tactics in a hands-on way. A perfect combination. If you're anywhere near (or can get to) Minneapolis, United States on Oct 15-16; check it out. Logan Christopher's Mental Muscle Intensive.


Brooke Wells & Friends Squatting @ Super Training

Great tips.


Great tips, as well as a look at the Hip Circle (to encourage knees to push outward when squatting) in action.


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 : Aug 14, 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 Dinosaur Files Newsletter, PDF and Kindle Editions

Dive in.

I love this. Dinosaur Files is Brooks Kubik's look at the world of Physical Culture - both historical and contemporary. Wonderful read. I'll be diving in to the July issue shortly (and I suspect I'm not the only one). The Dinosaur Files Newsletter.


Hairculese vs Hot Water Bottle

Good stuff Chris (@hairculese).


Good stuff Chris (@hairculese).


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 : Aug 7, 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.


Kettlebell Essentials (Max Shank)

Looks great.


Looks great. Kettlebell Essentials is a series of on-demand videos by Max Shank, demonstrating and explaining the various kettlebell techniques which he considers fundamental to training. Everything from Cleans and Swings up to complex movements such as the many varieties of Get-Up. If you're just starting out, or looking to fine-tune specific aspects, check it out. Max Shank's Kettlebell Essentials.


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. We also discuss a number of training-related books. If you're looking for the full list of the ones I recommend personally, swing by Goodreads. Great site.


Weighted Jumps

Great combination Johnny.


Great combination Johnny.


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 : Jul 31, 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 Weightlifting Life (Catalyst Athletics)

Looks great.

Looks great. The training-related podcasts continue to appear, and joining the collection is Greg Everett's latest - The Weightlifting Life. Downloading it now - I'll share my thoughts shortly, in the usual places. Looking forward to it. Incidently, what's on your own podcast list these days? Any you're enjoying, and would recommend?


Women's Deadlift Ladder (The CrossFit Games)

Very interesting event.


Very interesting event - a Deadlift Ladder.


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 : Jul 24, 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.


Live Video Streaming of Sports

Will we see live video streaming used for various sporting competitions?

Although live streaming video has been around for many years now, it seems to have really picked up pace over the past few weeks. Used for events such as the various shootings in the US, the attempted coup in Turkey and the Republican National Convention.
Questions : do you think it's likely we'll start to see it used for sporting competitions, at the Rio Olympics? Will there be people wearing 'hidden' cameras and holding up their 'phones during various events; and will anyone be attempting to stop them? Would love to hear your thoughts.


Elite Athletic Development 3 Seminar DVDs (Mike Robertson)

Fantastic.


If you've ever seen Mike Robertson in action, you know what to expect. In these videos from the seminar - 12 hours in total - the team shares insights on the following areas :

And a whole lot more. Elite Athletic Development 3 Seminar DVDs.

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. We also discuss a number of training-related books. If you're looking for the full list of the ones I recommend personally, swing by Goodreads. Great site.


Bodyweight Training - Carry and Balance

Interesting combination.


Interesting combination.


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. We also discuss a number of training-related books. If you're looking for the full list of the ones I recommend personally, swing by Goodreads. Great site.


Looking At : Jul 17, 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.


Neuro-Burner (Jon Bruney)

Very interesting idea.

Very interesting idea. The picture will undoubtedly give you a good idea of what it is & how it's used - something like a large towel combined with Battling Ropes. Although there are undoubtedly several alternative items (such as the aforementioned large towel) which could be put to work like this, the Neuro-Burner looks ideal for the 'bootcamp in the local park'. One trainer, a handful of clients and fairly limited space. Well worth checking out. The Neuro-Burner.

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. And if you're looking for the full list of the training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


The Hook Grip

What, why and how.


What, why and how.


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 : Jul 10, 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.


Ring Training for Athletes (Mike Gillette)

Looks great.

Mike Gillette
Mike Gillette.
Ring Training for Athletes is Mike Gillette's upcoming presentation at this year's Dragon Door Health and Strength Conference. Progressive workouts with gymnastic rings. If you've read any of Mike's work on ring training (and if not, his book Rings of Power is highly recommended), you know what to expect. The conference covers :
Fantastic.

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. And if you're looking for the full list of the training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Seated Box Jumps

Great exercise.


Great exercise.


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 : Jul 3, 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.


Attack Bandz

Very interesting idea.

Remember Attack Bandz - the wrestling training tool? Very interesting idea. I was talking to someone about them this morning, and explaining the overall concept. If you've never seen them, here's a brief demonstration of the Attack Bandz in action :
Good stuff.


Advanced Battle Rope Workout

Love a little rope work.


Love a little rope work.


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 : Jun 26, 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.


Street Workout (Al and Danny Kavadlo)

Superb.

Superb. Street Workout is the latest offering from the wonderful Kavadlo brothers, and is certainly an extremely thorough covering of calisthenics work. The exercises themselves, underlying concepts and complete programs. If you're at all serious about bodyweight work, I can't recommend this highly enough. Fantastic read.


Juggling With A Punch

Chris 'Hairculese' Rider.


A quick way to open a few drinks.


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.


How They Got Started : Marco Pessoa

How the enigmatic Marco Pessoa got started.

The enigmatic Javad Ghassabi
The enigmatic Javad Ghassabi.
I love hearing everyones' fitness backgrounds, it's always fascinating to hear how someone got started. Here's how Javad Ghassabi began (and returned to) his own training journey. Scott

I had been working out for years in my athletic days but fell due to depression for several years, now I'm back lifting again but do not really have any heavy weights; only a pair of 17 pound dumbbells.

Being out for so long I am struggling to get my bodyfat and hormones in check. I love to lift, even do dumbbell cleans and snatches, but have no bench or barbells - I wish I had room for some.

I think my training sessions are not as effective but still get workouts in and do get a good sweat. I do sprinting on elliptical or outside after workout and burpees. My wife and I work together and I do try to teach her all the exercises learned from my sport days. Thank you and if you have suggestions on improving my training always grateful for suggestions or criticism.

Cheers Keith, greatly appreciated. Love hearing from people starting - or continuing - their training journey. It's a wonderful thing. I've got a few thoughts on how to go about fine-tuning things, as do a great many members of the community here I suspect. Will share them below, as well as in the Google+ area. NB : I'd also love to hear what everyone else would suggest for Keith. Leave a comment below, or over on Google+. Cheers.


Looking At : Jun 19, 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 FitSleep

Get to sleep, fast.


We've discussed a number of fitness devices over the years, including a few that keep track of your sleep. Here's another one to add to the ever-growing list - the FitSleep : indiegogo.com/projects/fitsleep-our-tracker-is-your-personal-lullaby--2# Nice and simple. Incidentally, my own routine is to use the MotionX app on my 'phone. Same idea - keeps track of how deeply asleep you are, and wakes you up when you're inbetween cycles (shortly before the time you set the alarm). Makes a huge difference.


Stability Ball Push Up Progressions (Brent Brookbush)

Nice one Brent.


Nice one Brent.


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 : Jun 12, 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.



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