Straight to the Bar

All Things Strength


The Magic 50
Written By : Scott Bird
Filed In : Weekly summary

WattlebirdAlthough there was a little more time spent with the heavy stuff this week, most of the workouts seemed to be of the bodyweight conditioning variety. Apart from Monday’s deadlifts that is.
Friday Squat practice
The regulars : Hindu squats, calf raises, step-ups and light squatting.
Sunday DE Bench
Bodyweight routines – primarily chin-ups and push-ups.
Monday ME SQ/DL
Aside from a few sets of Hanging Leg Extensions, today’s brief workout focussed on rack pulls (from the lowest pin setting), alternating between a narrow double-overhand and a snatch grip.
Rack pull (dbl o/h grip) 20@60/132, 15@80/176, 2×5@100/225
Rack pull (snatch grip) 20@60/132, 15@80/176
Wednesday ME Bench
Decided to do 50 chinups (over several sets, with very short breaks). Perhaps the most interesting part of this is the significant drop-off after the first set : only 7 on the second. Will try doing the first set to failure next time (still well short of the 50 target).
Chin-up 20,7,6,4,4,4,5 @bw

Over to you. Drop us a line on Twitter ( @scottbird ), or add a comment below.



NB : if you love talking about strength-training as much as I do, you might also like to check out the weekly newsletter (there's also a daily version available). A regular dose of fitness-focussed discussions, absolutely free.


What's This?

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.

images of strength

'Napalm' Jedd Johnson.
Want to see (and learn) more Feats of Strength like this? Dive in.

Just Joined Us? Try These.

There are some incredible writers on the team here. To give you an idea, check these out :

If you enjoyed these, check out the complete ‘Best Of Straight to the Bar‘ list. Fantastic.

setting up a home gym?

If you’re getting ready to put together a solid Home Gym (fantastic thing), here’s how.

For more, swing by the full guide. Absolutely free.

And of course, you’ll find everything you need over in the SttB Strength Store. Massive range.

Ever Tried Kettlebells?

If you’ve seen people using them but never taken the plunge yourself, here are the ones I use personally. You can also pick up a book/DVD/course if you want to learn how to put them to work.

Ready To Learn Even More?

I love learning new skills, and the many seminars & workshops available are a great way to do that. If you’re looking for a specific type of workshop nearby, check out the ones on Dragon Door. Great mix of kettlebell and calisthenics-based offerings.

The Precision Nutrition Certification Program

The Precision Nutrition Certification Program

The Precision Nutrition Certification Program.

If you’re a fitness professional and love the Precision Nutrition approach, check out their certification offering. To say it’s comprehensive is an understatement.

Wherever You Are, We Are.

In addition to the main site, you can share your strength-training passion with a like-minded community on :

Wherever you like to hang out, get your regular dose of strength. Straight to the Bar.

Written By Scott Bird
Scott is a long-time fitness enthusiast (Jan 2004!), writer and photographer living in Sydney, Australia. If you share the passion for spending a bit of time under a bar, welcome. Love hearing how everyone else trains. You can connect via X (Formerly Twitter), Facebook and the various networks listed in the sidebar.
Drawing of Scott Andrew Bird performing a deadlift. Artwork by Vince Palko.