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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.

Stalkers may wish to track his every move via Twitter, Google+ or Facebook; everyone else is cordially invited to hop over to his online home. Enjoy.

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14% Off StrongerGrip Clubs

Superb gear.

It's fair to say that I'm a huge fan of the StrongerGrip gear - extremely well made equipment, which works perfectly. It's very clear that it's created by someone who actually trains with it. In a great bit of timing, they've got a sale currently on which includes the very things I'm in need of (new training partner) - Indian Clubs. Full details here : www.strongergrip.com/categories/Indian--Clubs Have a look around, it really is superb stuff. StrongerGrip.

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.


Double Nail Drive

Driving two nails at the same time. Incredible.

Driving two 20d nails at the same time. Good stuff Chris.


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.


Twitter Lists

Whatever you're in to.

I use Twitter for a number of things, as I'm sure everyone else here does. To talk about strength training, photography and many other topics. Works well. To make this a little easier - and so people can dive right in to the topics that interest them - I use Twitter's 'List' functionality quite a bit. There's a full list of them here : https://twitter.com/scottbird/lists


Looking At : Feb 7, 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 Fitness Blogger Podcast

Looks great.

We've discussed a number of fitness podcasts over the years (a few of my current favourites are listed here). Love seeing/hearing them. One that a friend pointed me to recently is Jim Davis' Fitness Blogger Podcast, which you can grab (for free) either via the blog or somewhere like iTunes. Looks good. Curious : what else are you watching/listening to these days - any other fitness podcasts you'd recommend?

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.


Home-Made Exoskeleton - The Big Test

A DIY exoskeleton that can help increase strength.

Very interesting series - building an exoskeleton that can help increase strength.


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 : Jan 31, 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 Weightlifting - A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches [Kindle Edition]

Superb book.

Good stuff. Digital editions (both Kindle and iBooks) of Greg Everett's Olympic Weightlifting - A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches.
As the title suggests, this book details the lifts themselves as well as teaching a number of cues, variations and progressions. It really is a wonderfully comprehensive offering. (The Amazon page has a complete list of topics covered.) Full review shortly. Olympic Weightlifting - A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches.

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 other training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Legless Rope Climb

Arms only.

Simple idea, much more difficult than it looks. 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 : Jan 24, 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.


Learning to Press

Wonderful instruction.

From Mark Rippetoe's wonderful Starting Strength DVD. If you want to learn these lifts the correct way, it's well worth grabbing.


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.


Stronger Grip Photo Challenge

This is where my strength-training and photography passions meet.

This is where my strength-training and photography passions meet : the Stronger Grip Photo Challenge. For details, I'll hand you over to Ryan :
Hello Stronger Grip friends!! This year Stronger Grip is celebrating 10 years of making Custom Strength Training Equipment. To celebrate we are having a photo challenge. Starting today and ending February 4th, 2016 at noon CST submit a photo of you using any Stronger Grip equipment. The photo that Ryan likes the BEST will be awarded $150 in store credit!!!! Also anyone who submits a photo will be put into a drawing for a CUSTOM THOR HAMMER!! Be creative and have fun! Winners will be announced February 5th. Let the best photo win!! :) PLEASE SUBMIT PHOTOS TO info@strongergrip.com

Sounds fantastic. NB : if you haven't yet tried any of the Stronger Grip tools (and they really are incredibly well made things), just head over to strongergrip.com. Great site.

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.


Gymchat 277 - Barefoot Running - Believe the Hype! (Steven Sashen)

Tried it? Wondering if you should, and how to start? Dive in.

Barefoot running - a fascinating, yet somewhat divisive, area. (And yes, I'm on the side of 'bare feet whenever possible'. Running, some forms of training and just walking around the house). Taking us through it is Xero Shoes' Steven Sashen; covering everything from 'what it is' to 'how to go about it', and of course the many benefits of doing just that. And joining Steven is Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Steven and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat and leave a comment or jump in the Hangout and ask it directly. And if you'd like to point your friends/colleagues to the discussion, just use the 'share' button at the top of that page. The more the merrier.


Looking At : Jan 17, 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 OMbra (From OMsignal)

A sports bra with inbuilt fitness tracking sensors.


Very interesting combination - a sports bra with fitness tracking sensors built in. Hope we see a variety of workout clothing items like this, both for men and women. Incidentally, the OMbra will be available in a matter of weeks. Details : omsignal.com/pages/omsignal-bra 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.


DIY Oscillating Bar (For Shoulder Stability and Rehab Work)

Great idea Chris.

Great idea Chris.


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 : Jan 10, 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.


Getting Started With Kettlebells

Ready to begin?

It's fair to say that I've had more than a couple of 'getting started with kettlebells' conversations over the past few days. Love talking about training. Short version : the ones pictured at left are the kettlebells I recommend, and the Straight to the Bar Guide to Kettlebell Training will help you get started with them. And of course, drop me a line on Twitter or swing by the Google+ Community to dive in to a specific area. Look forward to hearing from you.

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.


KC MITCHELL - Lost a Leg in Combat, Still a Monster

Great conversation.

Great conversation.


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 : Jan 3, 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.


Reading/Watching/Listening To in 2015

What's on your fitness shelves?

We've looked at a number of books, DVDs and pieces of equipment this year. On Twitter/Facebook/Google+, and over on the blog. Over to you. I'd love to hear what you're currently reading watching, or the equipment you're using there and would recommend. Drop us a line.

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.


Weighted Extended Arm Plank (Push-Up Plank)

Nice one Johnny.

Nice one Johnny.


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.


Strongergrip B-52

A seriously heavy loadable club.

It's safe to say that there are a lot of sales and discounts at this time of year. One that's caught my eye is the wonderful Strongergrip B-52 (Heavy, loadable club). Fantastic thing. To explain what it's all about, here's Ryan :
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.


Double Kettlebell Bottom-Up Clean

Nice one Juha.

2 x 20kg bells. Nice one Juha.


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 : Dec 20, 2015

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.


IFAST University (Mike Robertson)

Looks great.

Interesting package - Mike Robertson's IFAST University. Detailed information for Strength Coaches & Personal Trainers. To provide a brief overview of what's on offer, here's Mike :
Looks great.


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.


Ice Baths For Faster Recovery

Why? When? How do they work?

Great look at ice baths as a recovery method, and a brief overview of how they work. Nice one Alan.


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 : Dec 13, 2015

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 Future of Fitness : Health & Fitness Predictions for 2016

Time once again to peek into the near-term future.

We've looked at the possible future of both health & fitness many times over the years - Workout Clothing, Virtual Training Partners, various medical discoveries and of course the Gymchats. Particularly #224.
It's time once again to peek into the near-term future. Here are just a few of the health & fitness-related things I think we're likely to see over the next year or so.


The Grip Master's Manual (John Brookfield)

A truly superb book.

The Grip Master's Manual
This is a truly superb book. When someone asked me this morning about a good book on general grip work, this is the one I recommended. John Brookfield's The Grip Master's Manual. It's certainly a wonderful book to have on your fitness shelves. If you haven't come across it before, here's a quick snippet from the Amazon page to give you an idea of what it's about :
This book is THE book when it comes to grip training and becoming a well rounded athlete. Brookfield lays this book out very logically starting with a section on getting ready. He then progresses through: Advanced Lower Arm and Grip Training; Advanced Grip Challenges; and Steel Bending. No matter where you turn to this book is filled with helpful tips and ideas to get your workouts going.
John Brookfield's The Grip Master's Manual. Fantastic.

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 other training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Tearing 2,902 Pages

The incredible Strongman Chris Rider.

The incredible Strongman Chris Rider. 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 : Dec 6, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'


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.


Strength Rules (Danny Kavadlo)

Ready to get stronger? Great.

Looks great.
Very keen to dive in (the paperback's on its way, and a digital version's also available). Danny Kavadlo's 'Strength Rules'. Review shortly, but the subtitle alone will help explain exactly what this book is about : 'How to Get Stronger Than Almost Anyone--And the Proven Plan to Make It Real' Good stuff. Danny Kavadlo's 'Strength Rules'.

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 other training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Overcoming Mental Barriers

Navy SEALs and the 40% Rule.

Navy SEALs and the 40% Rule.


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 : Nov 29, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'


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.


StrongerThanU Walking Sled

Wonderful combination.

Wonderful combination. To show you what I mean, here it is in action :
The StrongerThanU Walking Sled.


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.


SQUAT STRONGER - Increasing Ankle Dorsiflexion

A little mobility work.


Nice one.


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 : Nov 22, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'


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.


Mighty Hand Trainer (Video)

Great thing.

Remember the StrongerGrip Mighty Hand Trainer? Great thing. Here it is in action :
Incidentally, when you're grabbing one, just enter the code MONSTER when you check out for a chunky %13 discount. The StrongerGrip Mighty Hand Trainer.


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.


Muscle-Up Technique

Great exercise.

Great exercise.


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 : Nov 15, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'


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.


Strength Training Podcasts

Which ones are you watching/listening to these days?

There are a great many training-related podcasts (both audio and video) currently available, and I'm in the process of compiling a list for a friend of mine. Full rundown shortly.
In the meantime, a few that've caught my eye : Over to you. Which ones are you watching/listening to these days?

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.


The DeFranco Cuban Press

Very interesting variation.


Very interesting variation.


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.


How They Got Started : Keith Lorino

How the enigmatic Keith Lorino got started, and back into it.

The enigmatic Keith Lorino
The enigmatic Keith Lorino.
I love hearing everyones' fitness backgrounds, it's always fascinating to hear how someone got started. Here's how Keith Lorino began (and returned to) his own training journey. Scott

I had been working out for years in my athletic days but fell due to depression for several years, now I'm back lifting again but do not really have any heavy weights; only a pair of 17 pound dumbbells.

Being out for so long I am struggling to get my bodyfat and hormones in check. I love to lift, even do dumbbell cleans and snatches, but have no bench or barbells - I wish I had room for some.

I think my training sessions are not as effective but still get workouts in and do get a good sweat. I do sprinting on elliptical or outside after workout and burpees. My wife and I work together and I do try to teach her all the exercises learned from my sport days. Thank you and if you have suggestions on improving my training always grateful for suggestions or criticism.

Cheers Keith, greatly appreciated. Love hearing from people starting - or continuing - their training journey. It's a wonderful thing. I've got a few thoughts on how to go about fine-tuning things, as do a great many members of the community here I suspect. Will share them below, as well as in the Google+ area. NB : I'd also love to hear what everyone else would suggest for Keith. Leave a comment below, or over on Google+. Cheers.


Looking At : Nov 8, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'


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.


GetStrength Front Squat Harness All-Sport

This looks great. The various front squat exercises (including the lunge variation below) got me thinking about the Front Squat Harness; particularly the All-Sport version. This is a more compact piece of equipment, as you can see here :
Will certainly be giving it a run. Review shortly.


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.


Bench Press Bar Path

Where should you be aiming?

Nice one Alan.


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 : Nov 1, 2015

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and the Daily 'Paper'


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.


Warrior T Push-up Handles

Love these things.

Love these things. When a friend pointed me this morning to the 'Neuro-Grips' over on the Dragon Door site, I showed him my own set of 'Warrior T' Push-up Handles. Same idea. Both are great. If you haven't seen either of them and are wondering what the general idea is, here are the 'Warrior T's in action :
Great way to challenge yourself.


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.


The Sit Out

Great exercise.

Great exercise Mike.


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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