What’s this site all about?
A couple of years ago I got a bit of a surprise when an old man ran past me down a flight of stairs (admittedly there was a Bingo hall near the bottom of them). Shocked to discover just how unfit I’d become, I set about getting myself into some sort of shape.
After a couple of weeks enduring mind-numbing stints on a stationary cycle, I invested in a bench, bar and a small pile of plates. I also grabbed a copy of Mens Fitness (for the first and last time) as it had a 10 week routine for those just starting out.
Before starting, I went through the routine and changed a few things to exercises that I could do with the equipment I had (for example, all of the dumbbell things were out). I decided not to follow the suggested diet, instead simply trying to eat reasonably cleanly and in the same calorie ranges as the magazine suggested.
10 weeks later I was bigger, stronger and well and truly hooked. The main benefit – in my eyes at least – was the strength, and I started reading about Powerlifting. The magazine hadn’t mentioned exotic things like box squats and rack pulls, in fact there wasn’t even a word about a power rack; and I turned to my trusty friend, Google.
Whilst trying to find out exactly what box squats were I came across Kris Lindqvist’s blog ‘Under the Bar‘ and was amazed to find that not only had someone answered any number of questions I already had, but generated a wealth of new ones. An incredible feeling.
Gradually my home gym evolved, now consisting of a rack, Olympic bar & plates, dumbbells, and of course the original bench and weight set. The workouts themselves have gone through a constant process of refinement, but have been based on the WSB 4-day-per-week template since shortly after I finished the original 10 week course. Lifting is now much more than a 10-week thing – it’s a permanent part of my life.
What’s this site all about?
Straight to the Bar is the online home of fitness enthusiast Scott Bird, and looks at the many training approaches, essential techniques, uncommon exercises and superb equipment to help you become as strong as humanly possible. In short, this site is the home of all things strength.
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