All Articles & Reviews by
Scott Andrew Bird




(12373 posts in total - only latest ones shown)

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.

The Upsens Air Pollution Monitor

Very interesting area.

Very interesting area - the constant monitoring of air quality. I suspect we'll start seeing a number of devices shortly which tackle the problem in similar ways. As for the Upsens itself, here's a spot of video which outlines its capabilities :


How to Pick Stuff Up (Mark Rippetoe)

It might seem incredibly simple, but if your training includes stones/logs/odd objects; watch this video.


It might seem incredibly simple, but if your training includes stones/logs/odd objects; watch this video.


Looking At : Jul 23, 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 Tim Ferriss Show #252 - The 'Meathead Millionaire' - SuperTraining's Mark Bell

Love this show.

This is a fascinating discussion with the wonderful Mark Bell, founder of 'The strongest gym in the West', Super Training Gym in Sacramento. Love it. Dive in : http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-tim-ferriss-show


Learning the Clean & Jerk (with Meg Gallagher, Kristin Pope & Max Aita)

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Jul 16, 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 Tim Ferriss Show #250 - Myers-Briggs, Diet Mistakes, and Immortality

Love this show.

I love this show, especially the Q&A episodes - they provide a great insight into a wide range of topics and approaches. This show - #250: Myers-Briggs, Diet Mistakes, and Immortality - is one of those.


How to Fix a Hip Shift in Your Squat

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Jul 9, 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 UrbaNext Wheel

Rechargeable, and entirely self-contained.

This looks great. If you're already sold on the idea of electric bikes but don't fancy shelling out for a new one, this may be just the solution. The UrbaNext Wheel is a battery-powered replacement for your existing bike's front wheel. Rechargeable, and entirely self-contained. For a bit of a look at the UrbaNext, here's a bit of video :
The UrbaNext Wheel.


Finger Strengthening Technique for Closing Grippers

Fantastic explanation Joe.


Fantastic explanation Joe.


Looking At : Jul 2, 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 MeCam NeoMe (Wearable Video Camera)

A great way to record your workouts.

This looks like a great way to record your workouts - in the gym, or in the great outdoors. Particularly with the various mounts available. To give you a general idea of what's on offer, here's a spot of video :
The MeCam NeoMe.


Various Recovery Methods (Including a Brief Review of the NormaTec System)

Plenty of options available when it comes to muscular recovery.


Certainly plenty of options available (some more effective than others) when it comes to muscular recovery. Curious : what's your own approach like?


Looking At : Jun 25, 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 Mobility Ring System

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Mobility Ring is one of several tools by Scott Sonnon (you can see them all here, bottom of the page) designed for both Joint Mobility and Myofascial Release work. Accompanying them is a series of videos which demonstrate the movements themselves, as well as a PDF or two. If a little recovery work is on the cards, this are certainly worth checking out. The Mobility Ring System.


Arm Over Head Pistol Squat

Grab a kettlebell, dumbbell or anything reasonably heavy.


There are many varieties of the superb Pistol Squat - here's one of the weighted varieties. Grab a kettlebell, dumbbell or anything reasonably heavy.


Looking At : Jun 18, 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.


Hypnos Wireless Earbuds

Active noise cancellation, access to various virtual assistants and a 'sleep mode'.

In the meantime, here's a brief video overview to give you an idea of what's on offer :
The Hypnos Wireless Earbuds.


How To Develop A V-Taper

Very interesting area.


Very interesting area.


Looking At : Jun 11, 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 Upright Go Posture Device

Love the idea of constant monitoring.

Was chatting with a friend over the weekend about these 'posture warning' devices (this one's the 'Upright Go' - more here). Love the idea of constant monitoring - would be great if it were possible to export that data. Curious : has anyone here tried anything similar, and do you find yourself straightening your back even when not wearing the device?


Fatbells vs Dumbbells

Great demonstration of the Fatbells at work.


Great demonstration of the Fatbells at work.


Looking At : Jun 4, 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 Master Method Course [Kindle Edition]

Looks great.

Looks great. Next on my reading list is the Kindle Edition of the superb Master Method Course by Bill Hinbern and David P. Willoughby. Been years since I read it; really looking forward to diving back in. As the full title (The Master Method of Health, Strength and Bodybuilding) suggests, this is a complete strength and health program. To get a feel for it, swing by the Amazon page and check out the 'Look Inside' preview. The Master Method Course.


6 Variations of the Face Pull

Nice one Chris.


Nice one Chris.


Looking At : May 28, 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.


EverSleep

The sleep-tracking goodness continues.

The sleep-tracking goodness continues. Say hello to the EverSleep.
NB : we've noted a number of sleep-tracking devices over the years. Which do you use personally, or are keen to try out? Any specific features you're on the lookout for? (For me, it always comes down to control over the data - the ability to download it, add it to other health monitors and to share it with medical staff.)


Calisthenics Glossary

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : May 21, 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.


Get Strong

Looks great.

Get Strong is a 16-Week Calisthenics Program by the superb Kavadlo brothers. Aimed squarely at the true beginner, it's a progressive course to take someone from 'not training with calisthenics at all' to 'I didn't think I'd be able to do that!'. Looks great.


The Ultimate Bent Over Row Guide (Brian Alsruhe)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : May 14, 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.


Beginner Grip Training (Videos)

Just beginning your wrist (and finger) strength journey?

Finally got a chance (been travelling) to watch Jedd's video series on Beginner Grip Training. Fantastic information. If you're just beginning your wrist (and finger) strength journey, check out the first episode 'Beginner Plate Pinching' below :
The others will appear in the same place, Jedd Johnson's youtube channel. Dive in.


The 'Strong Grip Ready' Project

Sounds great Joe.


Sounds great Joe.


Looking At : May 7, 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.


Dorian Yates on High Intensity Training, Injury Prevention, and Building Maximum Muscle

Tim Ferriss' chat with Dorian Yates.

Finally got a chance to listen to this - Tim Ferriss' chat with Dorian Yates. Great conversation. The two cover an incredible range of topics; including HIT, injury prevention and muscle building. Well worth a listen.


How to Perform Push-Ups

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Apr 30, 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 Dinosaur Strength Training Notebook - Volume I [Kindle Edition]

Perfect combination.

These are the Kindle versions of the wonderful Dinosaur Strength Training Notebook, updated and expanded into several volumes. This book (Volume I) comprises a number of articles from the Dinosaur Training discussion forum, as well as some rather creative training ideas. Perfect combination.


44 Best Calisthenics Exercises

Some wonderful exercises here.


Some wonderful exercises here.


Looking At : Apr 23, 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.


Bodyweight Master™ Free Standing Pull Up Bar

Looks good.

Although I have a tendency to do pull-ups outdoors (there's a park not far from my house), I was chatting to someone yesterday who's keen on the indoor variety. Seems like he gets a fair bit of snow. With that in mind, I pointed him towards the Bodyweight Master™ Free Standing Pull Up Bar on Dragon Door. Looks good.


Jefferson Curl

Much more difficult than she makes it look.


Much more difficult than she makes it look.


Looking At : Apr 16, 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.


QuietOn - Active Noise Cancelling Earplugs

Great combination.

I always train with music (typically 'hard rock'), but a friend of mine prefers absolute silence. If you're in the latter camp, check out the QuietOn - Active Noise Cancelling Earplugs. Great combination. A spot of video :
Curious : do you prefer working out to music, or training in silence?


Beginners Guide to Snatching

Nice one Meg.


Nice one Meg.


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 9, 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.


Trap Bar Training (Kindle Edition)

This looks great.

This looks great. Although trap work has certainly been in my own training for a number years, I've never delved deeply into the history of the Trap Bar itself. Wonderful thing. John Wood's Trap Bar Training does exactly that. It also manages to incorporate a wealth of training advice - always a great thing. Looking forward to it.


Arms-90 Hybrid Shrugs

Very interesting combination.


Very interesting combination.



Straight to the Bar Strength Kit

Are You as Strong as You Could Be?

Grab the Straight to the Bar Strength Kit.

Training Guides, eBooks and of course the Strength & Fitness Newsletter. Absolutely free.