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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, 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.

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KetoneAid

A Ketone Ester performance drink.


Interesting idea. Billed as 'The Perfect Human Fuel', KetoneAid is a performance enhancer which aims to mimic the feeling of being on a 5-day Fast. Not having tried it personally, I can't say how close it comes to this goal. How about you - ever tried something like this? And would you, or are you more on the 'Ketogenic Diet' side of the fence?



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Assistance Exercises and the Spectrum Of Specificity

Nice one Alan.


Nice one Alan.


Looking At : Nov 19, 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.


Dragon Door Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale

40% discount.

It seems that Dragon Door is starting their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale a little early this year (which is great for me personally). If you want to get in on the action, just head over to their site; fill your cart and use the code 'BFCM2017' at checkout. 40% discount. (And yes - once it arrives, we'd love to see it. Swing by the Google+ Community area and add a pic or two.)

NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


How To Hook Grip

Fairly painless if done correctly.

Someone asked me about these this morning : over to Clint.
Great explanation.


Looking At : Nov 12, 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.


Looking At : Nov 5, 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.


Looking At : Oct 29, 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.


Looking At : Oct 22, 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.


Athena Roar

Love running when you travel? Add one of these.

Love running when you travel? The side effect of that is not only stumbling across some incredible sites, it's accidentally ending up in some fairly unsavoury areas. This is an interesting way to tackle these situations (the unsavoury ones, that is), the Athena Roar : NB : although this version's strongly focussed on the safety aspect, I'd love to see many of the common fitness-monitoring functions built in to the device. And, of course, a way to export all of that data.
The Athena Roar Wearable Safety Accessory.



NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


Growing A Wide V-Taper Back

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Oct 15, 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.


Anchor Point Training's 'Unbreakable' Bands

These look great.

These look great. Anchor Point Training's 'Unbreakable' Bands are - as you've doubtless ascertained from the name - resistance bands designed for frequent use. I'll be putting them through their paces shortly; in the meantime, here's a bit of video to show them in action : Anchor Point Training's 'Unbreakable' Bands.



NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


Silent Mike and the 'Ed Coan Deadlift'

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Oct 8, 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 Blazepod

A great way to put yourself to the test.

Interesting idea. The Blazepod is a simple light, designed to be tapped at the end of each rep (depending on the exercise) in a workout. The video below shows it in action :
Designed to challenge your speed and reaction times - using basic visual cues - it looks like a great way to put yourself to the test. The Blazepod.



NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


Foot Pressure & Knee Movement in the Squat

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Oct 1, 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 #266 - Favorite Books, Supplements and Technologies

Great list.

Taking the form of one of the podcast's Q&A episodes, this is a wonderful list of the various products and services that Tim Ferriss makes use of on a regular basis. Whilst I make use of some of them in my own life, many are new to me - though certainly intriguing - and warrant a bit of further investigation. Curious : what is on your own list - anything you'd add? The Tim Ferriss Show #266 - Favorite Books, Supplements, Simple Technologies, and More.


The Paused Squat

What, how and why.


What, how and why.


Looking At : Sep 24, 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.


Looking At : Sep 17, 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.


Looking At : Sep 10, 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 Modius Headset

Vestibular stimulation for fat loss.

This is certainly an interesting idea (although I'm not sure that this particular device is anywhere near precise enough to be effective) - vestibular stimulation for fat loss. Still, I'd love to see a whole lot more research (on humans) on this area. To give you an idea of the product itself, a bit of video :
The Modius Headset.


NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


Deload Week - You're Probably Doing It Wrong

Great explanation.


Great explanation.


Looking At : Sep 3, 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 QLIPP Tennis Sensor

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea - a motion sensor for tennis rackets, to measure and help improve various strokes. Would love to see the basic idea applied to a vast range of sports and activities. A bit of video will give you an idea of the size and operation of the device :
The QLIPP Tennis Sensor. NB : We've recommended a number of books, DVDs & pieces of equipment over the years. Here's the complete list : straighttothebar.com/articles/reading.


How To Perform The Clap Dip

Looking for a challenge? Try a few of these.


Looking for a challenge? Try a few of these.


Looking At : Aug 27, 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 Immortal Strength Harness and Water-Fillable Club

Superb combination.

This is a superb combination. Ideal for hiking/biking/training expeditions, the harness is designed to hang on to the club on the way there. As for the club itself - fill it up with water/sand/lead shot (up to 70lb worth) and get to work. Perfect. The Immortal Strength Harness and Water-Fillable Club.


Using the Weighted Dead Hang for Lat Size+Strength (and to Help Perform Additional Pull-ups)

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Aug 20, 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 Concept2 BikeErg

Looks good.

Was talking to someone about this just a few hours ago - the Concept2 BikeErg. Looks good. I'll be trying it out as soon as it's available here (early next year). In the meantime, a bit of video to show you what's on offer :
The Concept2 BikeErg.


Deadlift Tips with Ben Pollack

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Aug 13, 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 HearScope Smartphone Otoscope

Very interesting combination.


Very interesting combination - a smartphone-connected otoscope which makes use of artificial intelligence software to help you understand what you're looking at. Promising indeed. Look forward to learning more, particularly the online storage and sharing aspects. And of course, how well it integrates into other health monitoring tools and services. The HearScope Smartphone Otoscope.


How To Squat

Nice one Alan.


Nice one Alan.


Looking At : Aug 6, 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 Torch M1

Great idea.

Love this concept - an incredibly bright helmet-mounted light for cyclists. To see, and to be seen. Simple idea - the video shows how everything works : The Torch M1.


Bodyweight Reverse Hyperextension

Great idea.


Nice one.


Looking At : Jul 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 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.



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