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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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Looking At : May 22, 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 PUGS (Push Up Globe Spikes)

Make push-ups a little more of a challenge.

These look great. For several years now I've been using the 'Warrior T' Push-up Handles (same basic idea), with no problems at all. Love 'em. The StrongerGrip PUGS (Push Up Globe Spikes) are a slightly different shape, though with the same goal in mind - to make push-ups a little more of a challenge. In particular, the wrist plays a much bigger role. I'll post a few thoughts shortly, and I'm also keen to hear from others who try them out. The StrongerGrip PUGS (Push Up Globe Spikes).

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.


Tutorial : The Hook Grip

Painful for a while, stronger for your entire life.



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Looking At : May 15, 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.


CrossCore® Hardcore

The incredible power of suspension training.

This looks great. CrossCore® Hardcore by Marty Gallagher and Dr Chris Hardy is a wonderful introduction to suspension training, showing how to get the most from this remarkable tool. It's an ideal way to train when you're travelling, or when you simply don't have access to machines and free weights. NB : The suspension trainer used in the book is the CrossCore System. If you've already got something similar, use that. If not, you can grab the CrossCore System here : http://www.dragondoor.com/cc001 Great thing.


Body Fat Testing Using Hydrostatic Weighing

Great demonstration.


Great demonstration of the hydrostatic method - by far the most accurate approach.


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 : May 8, 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.


Fit Biz Magazine - The Magazine for Fitness Business Owners

Love your work? Learn how to keep doing it.

This looks superb. Fit Biz Magazine is both a physical and digital magazine, focused squarely on the 'running a fitness business' side of things. Whether that's a gym, an online offering or a regular gathering in a local park. Created by the incredible Mark de Grasse (and if you don't know Mark's training approach, here's a peek at one of his own workouts to give you an idea), it's promising indeed. To find out more - and to grab the first issue - swing by the project's Kickstarter page : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fitbizmag/fit-biz-magazine-the-magazine-for-fitness-business Fit Biz Magazine.

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.


Spinal Anti-Extension Strength

What it is, and how to build it.


What it is, and how to build it.


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Looking At : May 1, 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.


Virtual Care Course

Learn how to offer your services remotely.


This is a very interesting area - Virtual Care. Think 'top-ups' rather than the main visit; for GPs, sports therapists, physios and so on.


Training For Life

Feel great, all the time.


The long-term benefit of a regular dose of training (bodyweight work in this case, but it applies to anything). 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 : Apr 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.


8 Weeks to SEALFIT - A Navy SEAL's Guide to Unconventional Training for Physical and Mental Toughness

Ready for some serious mental toughness?

Great read. I'm a big fan of both physical and mental strength, and this book has an intriguing combination of the two. Mark Divine's 8 Weeks to SEALFIT. Here's a comment from the Amazon page to give you a taste :
Jumping into this program taught me something really important: you cannot HIDE from the work required here. I've been doing more traditional weight lifting and strength programs at the gym over the last many months, and while the plans and programs have gone rather well for me, in just six days of working on this program I realized that I hadn't been giving it my all, and I'd been cutting corners. With 8 Weeks to SEALfit, if you stay committed to the work in front of you, you can't hide. And that's a great thing.
Good stuff. 8 Weeks to SEALFIT.


Building Strength And Mobility for Handstands


A great demonstration of several strength and mobility exercises to assist your handstand progress.


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Looking At : Apr 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.


Basic Anabolic Hypertrophy Training

Great book.

Perfect. We first mentioned this one a couple of years ago now, and you'll be pleased to know that Josh is currently using it for his hypertrophy goals - full details shortly. In the meantime, a quick look at what BAHT is and how to get it :

Josh Hewett's shared some fantastic information over the years - in the form of videos, articles and, well, just doing it. Good stuff. Basic Anabolic Hypertrophy Training is a detailed guide to putting a little more muscle on your frame; regardless of your starting point. A summary of what works, why, and how to use it. If you're serious about getting bigger, this is an excellent place to start. Best of all, it's absolutely free. Basic Anabolic Hypertrophy Training.


The Slide And Drag

Keep it close.


If you're having trouble keeping the bar close to your body when performing the Olympic Lifts, try this.


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 : Apr 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.


Forward Head Posture FIX

Looks great.

I'm currently checking out the 'Forward Head Posture FIX' program, which aims to tackle the areas that the name suggests - the slightly slouched posture commonly seen in office buildings. If you've ever been told to 'stand up straight', you know what I mean. The program takes the form of downloadable (or physical, if you prefer) videos and books; outlining a series of exercises and movements which address the posture issue. For a full rundown of everything being offered, swing by the main site : http://forwardheadposturefix.com Looks 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. And if you're looking for the full list of the training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


How To Make An Atlas Stone (Slater Stone vs Hybrid Stone)

Fantastic video.


This is a great - and thorough, it runs about 37min - video showing construction of DIY atlas stones; using both the Slater Stone and Hybrid Stone moulds (or 'molds' if you prefer). Nice one Alan.


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Looking At : Apr 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.


Tactical Gymnastics

Great package.

Great package. We first talked about this one a while ago, but a conversation over the weekend encouraged me to re-investigate things. And yes, I'm certainly glad I did. Details of the full program are over on the tacticalgymnastics.com site. In the meantime, here's Scott Sonnon demonstrating some of the Tactical Gymnastic exercises :


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.


Running Without Sight (and Winning Gold)

Paralympic champion Cristian Valenzuela's thinking behind running.


Great video on Paralympic champion Cristian Valenzuela, exploring his reason for running and his life philosophy in general.


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 : Mar 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.


Examine.com

Investigating supplement stacks like the Healthy Sleep Formula?

Thanks to everyone who asked about the Healthy Sleep Formula we noted yesterday - very interesting area. Using a supplement stack solely to aid sleep (although there are a number of associated health benefits).
For details of the stack, head over to GRC (https://www.grc.com/health/sleep/healthy_sleep_formula.htm). And for information on the supplements themselves, my site of choice is Examine.com. Great place. NB : Examine has just turned 5, and several items are still on sale. I'd also highly recommend their various guides; you'll find them all here : http://examine.com/store/stack-guides/

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.


Performing The T-Bar Row

Great exercise.

The incredible Jeff Wilson describes a variation of the T-Bar Row in his latest article - The Gym Bag Essential that Could Take You to the Next Level. Great read. If you're not quite sure what a T-Bar Row is, here's a brief demonstration :


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Looking At : Mar 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.


Intrinsic Excellence

Lead the way.

This looks great. Intrinsic Excellence is Rolando Garcia III's detailed look at the various drivers of success in Personal Training - both on the business development and the leadership sides of the fence. It does this via an investigation of four key areas - the Four Core Competencies - transforming the untamed beast that is a fitness business into something far more manageable. Intrinsic Excellence.

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.


Sandbag Burpee Variations

Mix it up a bit.

Nice one Josh.


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Looking At : Mar 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.


Paleo f(x) 2016

The world's largest live Paleo event.

This looks fantastic. Billed as the largest live Paleo event in the world - and I've no doubt that it is, it's a massive conference - it's being held in Austin on May 27-29, 2016. The conference contains a wonderful mix of information, demonstrations and training. For a general idea, take a look at the video below :
Paleo f(x) 2016.

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.


Two-Handed Pinch Grip Deadlift

Fantastic lift.

Here's a combination I'd love to see a whole lot more of - the Two-Handed Pinch Grip Deadlift. Nice one Aaron.


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 : Mar 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.


How They Got Started : Javad Ghassabi

How the enigmatic Javad Ghassabi got started, and back into it.

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.


Simple Shoulder Solution (Max Shank)

This looks great.

This looks great. How do you go from having beaten-up shoulders to strong, healthy joints? That's precisely what this book explains. And demonstrates. Once again, this offering is the perfect combination for the way I like to learn. A .pdf book, partnered with a series of downloadable videos. You can grab the entire package here. Max Shank's Simple Shoulder Solution.

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.


Kaillie Humphries' Bobsleigh Training

How the various physical aspects of training are put together.

An interesting look at how the various physical aspects of training are put together. 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 : Feb 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.


Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification

Looks great.

Looks great. I'm currently checking out the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification, which is a very interesting book / video / online combination - exactly the way I like to learn. Available April 13. I'll post a few thoughts shortly after the course; in the meantime, you can check out everything covered over on the main page. Nutritional advice, coaching cues and so on. Looking forward to it. The Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification.

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 Box Rock Drill (For Shoulder Stability in the Handstand)

A bit too flexible? Try this.

Good stuff.


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Looking At : Feb 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.


Favourite Fitness Gear

What everyone recommends.

Whenever I end up discussing strength-training with someone, the conversation typically turns into a bit of a Q&A session. The most common question? Some form of 'what books/videos/equipment/personal trainers do I recommend'. It really does vary quite a bit; depending on goals, available space & equipment, budget and so on. Still, there are common aspects - particularly in the beginning. And yes, I'm re-compiling the existing lists.
The current versions are all available over on the main site : straighttothebar.com/recommendedbooks straighttothebar.com/guides straighttothebar.com/store straighttothebar.com/recommendedtrainers straighttothebar.com/giftbuyingguide Anything you'd add? Drop me a line privately (here), or in the Straight to the Bar Community over on Google+. Keen to hear what everyone has on their own 'essential fitness equipment' list.

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.


2015 CrossFit Masters Competition

Good stuff. Note that this video is Part 1 of a 4-Part series - here's Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.


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 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.


14% Off StrongerGrip Clubs

Superb gear.

It's fair to say that I'm a huge fan of the StrongerGrip gear - extremely well made equipment, which works perfectly. It's very clear that it's created by someone who actually trains with it. In a great bit of timing, they've got a sale currently on which includes the very things I'm in need of (new training partner) - Indian Clubs. Full details here : www.strongergrip.com/categories/Indian--Clubs Have a look around, it really is superb stuff. StrongerGrip.

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.


Double Nail Drive

Driving two nails at the same time. Incredible.

Driving two 20d nails at the same time. Good stuff Chris.


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.


Twitter Lists

Whatever you're in to.

I use Twitter for a number of things, as I'm sure everyone else here does. To talk about strength training, photography and many other topics. Works well. To make this a little easier - and so people can dive right in to the topics that interest them - I use Twitter's 'List' functionality quite a bit. There's a full list of them here : https://twitter.com/scottbird/lists


Looking At : Feb 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.


The Fitness Blogger Podcast

Looks great.

We've discussed a number of fitness podcasts over the years (a few of my current favourites are listed here). Love seeing/hearing them. One that a friend pointed me to recently is Jim Davis' Fitness Blogger Podcast, which you can grab (for free) either via the blog or somewhere like iTunes. Looks good. Curious : what else are you watching/listening to these days - any other fitness podcasts you'd recommend?

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.


Home-Made Exoskeleton - The Big Test

A DIY exoskeleton that can help increase strength.

Very interesting series - building an exoskeleton that can help increase strength.


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.



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