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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, 35) 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.

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.

URGOnight (Brain Training For Sleep)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The URGOnight is a combination of smartphone app & headset, designed to measure various sleep-related brainwaves during the day and gradually train your brain to sleep deeper, and longer. And although I'm somewhat skeptical of this particular device's abilities, I'm keen to try one out nonetheless. The URGOnight.


Hierarchy for the Olympic Lifts (Catalyst Athletics)

Great information.


Great information.


Looking At : May 19, 2018

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.


MyGrams ('Phone-Based Portable Scale)

Interesting combination.


Interesting combination. MyGrams is portable scale which takes the form of a smartphone case, so it's always available. The ideal companion to something like the 'Custom Meal Planner' app. Very keen to try one. The MyGrams 'Phone-Based Portable Scale.


Building Strength, Muscle or a Bit of Both (Omar Isuf)

Very interesting approach.


Very interesting approach.


Looking At : May 12, 2018

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.


Hush Iced (Sleep-Inducing Blanket)

Interesting combination.


Interesting combination. The Hush Iced is a weighted blanket with a specific focus on the cooling (think sleep-inducing) side of things. And although we've discussed sleep an incredible amount on this site, we've never really explored the 'cool blanket' aspect. Works extremely well. The Hush Iced Sleep-Inducing Blanket.


Heavy Pressing (Brian Shaw, Robert Oberst and Eddie Hall)

Check out the somewhat uncommon use of the Trap Bar - nice one.


Aside from the seriously heaving pressing, check out the somewhat uncommon use of the Trap Bar - nice one.


Looking At : May 5, 2018

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.


Looking At : Apr 28, 2018

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.


Bowhead (Smart Personalised Supplement Dispenser)

Looks great.

Looks great. The Bowhead is a personalised supplement dispenser, analysing your needs (via saliva samples, blood tests, DNA analysis and so on) and dispensing them accordingly. The idea is wonderful - very keen to see how well it works. The Bowhead.


Garage Gym Tour (Meg Squats)

I love seeing how other people train.

I love seeing how other people train : whether that's in a commercial space, an available location somewhere, or - if you're fortunate enough to have one - a home gym. Here's a look at Meg's.


Looking At : Apr 21, 2018

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.


Louis Cyr - L'homme le plus fort du monde (Louis Cyr - The strongest man in the world)

Looks great.


Looks great. Louis Cyr - L'homme le plus fort du monde. is a French-language DVD (with English subtitles), looking at the life of the incredible Louis Cyr. Although it's been around for a while now, I've never actually seen it - though I'm certainly keen to dive in. Review shortly. Louis Cyr - L'homme le plus fort du monde.


How To Master The Turkish Getup (Meg Squats)

Great explanation.


I was discussing this particular exercise with a friend recently, and this would certainly have been a great video to point them to. Great explanation.


Looking At : Apr 14, 2018

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.


The Matrix PowerWatch 2 (Self-Charging Fitness Watch

Looks great.

Looks great. If you remember the original device, you'll recognise the design. The second generation, however, has a few extra capabilities (although the overall concept hasn't changed). The video will show you what I mean :
The Matrix PowerWatch 2.


The Fastest Way to Big Biceps (Athlean-X)

Very interesting ideas.


Very interesting ideas.


Looking At : Apr 7, 2018

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.


Looking At : Mar 31, 2018

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 : Mar 24, 2018

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 : Mar 17, 2018

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 : Mar 10, 2018

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.


Balanx (EMS Training Suit)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. The Balanx is a workout suit which incorporates a number of EMS devices (so you're still training, not just sitting in front of the TV). A spot of video will show you what I mean :

Personally, I'm interested in the rehab potential of the suit. Especially if the EMS can be controlled accurately, and remotely. The Balanx.


Brian Shaw at the Arnold (Injury, and Lifts)

As terrible as it is to see an injury, the response to it (this video and the following one) is wonderful.


As terrible as it is to see an injury, the response to it (this video and the following one) is wonderful.


Looking At : Mar 3, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Feb 24, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Feb 17, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Cybershoes (Virtual Reality Footwear)

Great idea.

Great idea. And yes, the idea of a 'virtual gym & training partner' just got one step closer. Love it.
btw, although this particular video focuses on the gaming aspect, the potential use as both a fitness and health device is wonderful. Cybershoes (Virtual Reality Footwear).


Heavy Weights vs Light Weights for Big Biceps (Athlean-X)

Time to grow.


Very interesting ideas (for biceps, and in general).


Looking At : Feb 10, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Feb 3, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Jan 27, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


RIDM (Fat & Muscle Tracking)

Interesting device.

Interesting device. The RIDM is a handheld bodyfat analyser, with data displayed via a smartphone app. Not sure yet if it connects to existing health services like Apple Health and Google Fit; or if it can export the data to a third-party app somewhere. Keen to try one out. A spot of video :
The RIDM.


Fasting and its Effect on Insulin (Thomas DeLauer)

Great explanation Tom.


If you've ever fasted for a few days (or more), you may have noticed this. Great explanation Tom.


Looking At : Jan 20, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Jan 13, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Jan 6, 2019

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Looking At : Dec 30, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


The Future of Fitness : Health & Fitness Predictions for 2019

A few thoughts.

A few predictions for the coming year. Things we're bound to be talking about.


Looking At : Dec 23, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Dinosaur Strength and Power Courses (PDFs)

These look great.

These look great. It's fair to say that I've got plenty of reading material (training-specific, of course) ready for the holiday period. Although I'm always on the lookout for more. The list has just grown a little longer with the Dinosaur Strength and Power Courses - a series of short courses over on Brooks Kubik's site. You'll find them here : Dinosaur Strength and Power Courses.


Lean vs Strong (Omar Isuf)

Can you ever be too lean? If you care primarily about strength, yes.


Can you ever be too lean? If you care primarily about strength, yes.


Looking At : Dec 16, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


Fasciawear (Workout Clothing)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea. Fasciawear is workout clothing designed to assist with both pretension and compression, using inbuilt resistance bands running along the fasciae. A bit of video will show you what I mean :
Although I'm somewhat skeptical about some of the claims made, I'm still keen to try one out (the deliveries are currently scheduled for March 2019). Fasciawear.


Complete Guide To Intermittent Fasting (Thomas DeLauer)

I get a lot of questions on Intermittent Fasting - here's a full guide on how to go about things.


I get a lot of questions on Intermittent Fasting - here's a full guide on how to go about things.


Looking At : Dec 9, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.


KEYTO (Breath Analyser & Mobile App)

Interesting idea.

Interesting idea.
KEYTO is a ketogenic diet assistant that combines a Breath Analyser with a Mobile App. Great combination. Two main questions : I'm curious to see how accurate it is, and how flexible the app is (I want to be able to export the data, and to use connect it to other apps). Will get a chance to find out both when it arrives. In the meantime, a spot of video : The KEYTO.


Staying Lean Year-Round (Athlean-X)

Great advice (apart from the initial list, of course).


Great advice (apart from the initial list, of course).


Looking At : Dec 2, 2018

This week on Facebook, Twitter and Nuzzel.


During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter (especially the lists!), Nuzzel and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.



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