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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, 37) 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, Facebook, the Daily 'Paper'; and of course his online home. Enjoy.

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Earth 2.0 (Jump Rope System)

Looks great.

Looks great. The Earth 2.0 is a jump rope system, with the ability to add weight (the cables themselves are various thicknesses, and are easily swapped out). There's also a companion smartphone app, complete with a virtual personal trainer. To give you an idea of what's on offer, a little video :
The Earth 2.0.


How To AWAKEN Your Glutes (Redefining Strength)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Nov 22, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Stemoscope PRO (Wireless Stethoscope with in-built Noise Cancellation)

Looks great.

Looks great. The Stemoscope PRO is a wireless stethoscope with in-built noise cancellation. Perfect for the current medical environment - remote wherever possible, recordable and shareable. Would love to see this combination in a range of medical devices. To give you an idea of what's on offer, a little video :
The Stemoscope PRO.


10 'Rules' For Calisthenics (FitnessFAQs)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : Nov 15, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


CTRL (Personalized Golf Training Tool)

Interesting.

Interesting. The CTRL is a biokinetic sleeve with a pair of sensors (and a companion smartphone app), acting as a bespoke Golf Training Tool. Would love to see the capabilities expanded for use with other sports. Despite being a fairly complex device, it's a simple idea. To give you some insight, a little video :
The CTRL.


Old-Time Strongman Training with Bud Jeffries (Stick Mobility Podcast #28)

Nice one.


Nice one.


Looking At : Nov 8, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


VAE (Energy Spray)

Interesting.

Interesting. The VAE is a pocket-sized energy spray, designed to provide a quick pick-up whenever needed. I suspect 'prior to a heavy workout' will be a popular use case. I'm keen to give it a go - particularly for the above use. While we're waiting (it doesn't ship until early next year), a little video :
The VAE Spray.


Long-Term Review of the Tonal Smart Home Gym (Garage Gym Reviews)

Since we first mentioned the Tonal, there have been a few other entrants into the 'Smart Home Gym' space. Does it still hold up?


Since we first mentioned the Tonal, there have been a few other entrants into the 'Smart Home Gym' space. Does it still hold up?


Looking At : Nov 1, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Hela Bio (Wearable Sweat Glucose Smartwatch)

Looks great.

Looks great. The Hela Bio is a glucose monitor which uses your sweat for its readings. Much simpler than the blood-based methods typically used. Although I'd love to see this functionality added to existing smartwatches, this is an intriguing device nonetheless. A little video to give you an idea of what's on offer :
The Hela Bio.


Movement Training Explained - Ido Portal, Animal Flow, and Primal Workouts (The Bioneer)

A wonderful glimpse at an oft-overlooked area of training.


A wonderful glimpse at an oft-overlooked area of training.


Looking At : Oct 25, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


STUDIO (Smart Hub For Your Home Gym)

Interesting approach.

Interesting approach. The STUDIO is a large screen which sits in the corner of your home gym, connecting to any cardio machines you have available. Any age, any brand - as long as they support bluetooth (and there are sensors available for any that don't). The screen displays various workout classes, as well as the information the machines capture. Running speed, a bike's cadence, your heart rate - whatever you're tracking. Although it's a fairly crowded market, the ability to connect to older equipment is interesting. A little video to give you an idea of what's on offer :
The STUDIO.


What To Eat/Drink During Your Next Ultra (Courtney Dauwalter on the Spartan Endurance Podcast)

A fascinating glimpse into Courtney's nutritional intake during a race.


A fascinating glimpse into Courtney's nutritional intake during a race.


Looking At : Oct 18, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


SpoonTEK (Taste-Enhancing Spoon)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The SpoonTEK spoon is a typical piece of cutlery with an intriguing addition - the use of a small electrical current to stimulate your taste buds, enhancing the flavour of any food. I'm curious to see how it performs on a particularly bland diet, or an unfamiliar one. As well as for people with a damaged sense of smell. The video will give you an idea of what's on offer :
The SpoonTEK spoon.


Carbon Nanotubes Help Eat Plaque Responsible for Heart Attacks (ColdFusion)

A wonderful look at a recent discovery of nanotech's ability to help eat the plaque responsible for heart attacks.


The TBI 'nanocage' we pointed to yesterday got plenty of people discussing medical nanotechnology in general. Here's a wonderful look at a recent discovery of nanotech's ability to help eat the plaque responsible for heart attacks.


Looking At : Oct 11, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Skill Board (Balance Board)

Deceptively simple.

Deceptively simple. The Skill Board is a balance board & ball (rather than the typical cylinder) - challenging your moves in 360 degrees. Think of it as the foundation of several types of agility training. Although I'm keen to test it out myself, I'm also curious to see what it commonly gets paired with. Will it make its way into the home gym, or is it best suited to more commercial spaces? Keen to hear everyone's thoughts. A little video :
The Skill Board.


3D-Printing Human Parts - The Future of Our Bodies (Venture City)

Although we've touched on several of these possibilities over the years, it's wonderful to see them all in a single video.


Although we've touched on several of these possibilities over the years, it's wonderful to see them all in a single video.


Looking At : Oct 4, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Ghost Pacer (Holographic Training Partner)

Virtual Workout Partner? Yep - for runners, anyway.

Very interesting idea. Although I'm keen to test it out myself, I'm also curious to see the second and third generations of a product like this. Something a bit closer to the 'Virtual Training Partners' concept we discussed years ago. While I'm waiting for mine to arrive, a little video :
The Ghost Pacer.


Pillars of Fitness - Types of Fitness Everyone Should Train For (The Bioneer)

Very interesting look at the major areas of fitness - key to a 'well-rounded' approach.


Very interesting look at the major areas of fitness - key to a 'well-rounded' approach.


Looking At : Sep 27, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Intriex (Metabolism Tracking Device)

Very interesting idea.


Very interesting idea. Although I'm not a fan of the infomercial-style advertising, the product itself - The Intriex Metabolism Tracking Device - is interesting. A couple of questions though :

  1. Can I export the data for use in another app (either a commercially-available one, or one I've written myself)
  2. How many times can the strips be used? Will I be forced to buy new ones all the time, or can I clean & re-use them?
The Intriex Metabolism Tracking Device.


Apple Watch Series 6 - Sports & Fitness Hands-on Tests (DC Rainmaker)

The latest generation of the Apple Watch was officially launched the other day, and the reviews have been steadily trickling in ever since. My favourite so far - this one by DC Rainmaker.


The latest generation of the Apple Watch was officially launched the other day, and the reviews have been steadily trickling in ever since. My favourite so far - this one by DC Rainmaker.


Looking At : Sep 20, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Trap Bar Training 2 (Kindle Edition)

Looking forward to it.

This looks great. We looked at the first edition a while ago, and this second volume looks equally superb. I'm about to dive in to it myself, and you can check out the details (and grab a copy) here : John Wood's Trap Bar Training 2.


Why We Need Medical Diagnosis Detectives (Dr Lisa Sanders)

Fascinating.


Dr Lisa Sanders discusses the diagnosis of 'rare' diseases, and shares a few ideas for improving things. Fascinating.


Looking At : Sep 13, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Mobvoi Earbuds Gesture (Wireless Earbuds With Gesture Control)

Interesting combination.

Interesting combination. Seems the Apple Airpods have started something - a lot of people seem to be looking at wireless earbuds these days. Particularly those that don't mind a little sweat, and won't fall out in the middle of a training session. Of particular note are the Mobvoi Earbubds Gesture. I'm keen to check out the various gesture controls, especially during a workout. A little video :
The Mobvoi Earbubds Gesture.


Do This Between EVERY Set for More Muscle Growth (Athlean-X)

The incredible power of measurement.


The incredible power of measurement.


Looking At : Sep 6, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


nimbleToes Trail Addict (Trail Running Shoes)

These sound great.

These sound great. The nimbleToes is a pair of trail running shoes, with a number of small changes designed to suit the demands of uneven surfaces. Greater stability, less pain. A little video will show you what I mean :
The nimbleToes.


Rising Phoenix (Netflix Documentary)

A wonderful look at the Paralympic Games. Highly recommended.


Got a chance to watch 'Rising Phoenix' - a wonderful look at the Paralympic Games - over the weekend. Highly recommended.


Looking At : Aug 30, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Move It Swift (Smart Boxing Gloves)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Move It Swift is a pair of Smart Boxing Gloves, with the inbuilt sensors recording the punches thrown (and their type) and a companion smartphone app keeping track of your workouts. To show you what I mean, a little video :
The Move It Swift Smart Boxing Gloves.


Do This Stretch First Thing EVERY Morning (Athlean-X)

Another one for the morning routine.


Another one for the morning routine.


Looking At : Aug 23, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Carbon Trainer (Smart Mirror With A Virtual Personal Trainer)

Perfect.

Perfect. The Carbon Trainer is a fitness-focused smart mirror with a virtual Personal Trainer built in. The setup uses a couple of sensors to help work out what you're doing, and they can be attached to a barbell/dumbbells/kettlebell and so on. Whatever you've got. A little video :
The Carbon Trainer.


Neuralink - Elon Musk's Most Important Company (Steven Mark Ryan)

Really looking forward to the presentation.


Really looking forward to the presentation.


Looking At : Aug 16, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


POUCHPASS (Constant Temperature Monitoring Wearable)

Looks great.

Looks great. The POUCHPASS is a wearable device (think smartwatch) with the ability to constantly monitor your temperature. A smartphone app shows you the details. Although it's an incredibly simple idea, it's certainly a powerful one. To see exactly what's on offer (and the various ways it could be used), a little video :
The POUCHPASS.


Using Neural Dust To Eavesdrop On Our Organs (TEDMED)

Wonderful idea.


Wonderful idea.


Looking At : Aug 9, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


August of Arms 2020 (Training Program)

This looks great.

This looks great. I'm a big fan of Jedd's training in general, and am certainly keen to check this one out. As the name suggests, August of Arms 2020 is the latest instalment of an annual focus on arm training. Featuring training programs, video instruction & and a whole heap of suggestions; this is certainly a comprehensive package. Jedd Johnson's August of Arms 2020.


Top 5 Mass-Building Exercises For Faster Growth (Musclemonsters)

Just starting out? Here are a handful of exercises to pack on a bit of muscle quickly.


Just starting out? Here are a handful of exercises to pack on a bit of muscle quickly.



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