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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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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.


How To Planche For Beginners

Fantastic tutorial.


Fantastic tutorial.


Looking At : Oct 30, 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.


Onnit Suspension Rings

These look great.

These look great. The Onnit Suspension Rings are door mountable, and designed for use with both hands and feet. For a look at them in action, check out the video on the Onnit site :
The Onnit Suspension Rings.


Modified Upright Rows

Grab a towel (or a cable) and a kettlebell.


Grab a towel (or a cable) and a kettlebell.


Looking At : Oct 23, 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 Kettlebell Workout Library (Phil Ross)

This looks great.

This looks great. Comprising 24 hours of video and a 140-page manual, the The Kettlebell Workout Library is the culmination of 6 years of kettlebell training by the wonderful Phil Ross. Featuring 104 incredibly comprehensive workouts it's a fantastic way to really put the 'bell to work. And as a bonus, the workouts incorporate a fair share of bodyweight, plyometric, dynamic tension, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance training. Wonderful mix. Phil Ross' Kettlebell Workout Library.


Training Deadlift Lockouts

Two great ways to work on your lockout.


Two great ways to work on your lockout - using bands.


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 : Oct 16, 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.


EasySplits Certification (Elastic Steel)

Looks good.

Looks good. The EasySplits Certification is Elastic Steel's current training course on performing the splits. Comprising a great mix of teaching methods, it contains several videos/PDFs/online discussions covering anatomy, kinesiology, warming up, conditioning and a whole lot more. The complete offering is detailed here : elasticsteel.com/products/online-splits-course-30-lessons-1 The EasySplits Certification.


Double Barrel Drill

Interesting challenge.


Interesting challenge.


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 : Oct 9, 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 Fundamentals (Valery Fedorenko)

This looks great.

This looks great. Kettlebell Fundamentals is Valery Fedorenko's latest instructional DVD on getting the most out of this incredible tool. I'll post a few thoughts on it shortly (once I get my own copy back - long story), but in the meantime I'd recommend some of his other kettlebell instruction : http://www.worldkettlebellclub.com/video/category/?cat=1 Nice one.


Opening Your Own Gym

If you've ever thought about opening your own gym, take a look at this. The birth of Alan Thrall's 'Untamed Strength'.


If you've ever thought about opening your own gym, take a look at this. The birth of Alan Thrall's 'Untamed Strength'.


Looking At : Oct 2, 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.


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.



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