Straight to the Bar

All Things Strength


20 of the Best : 2007
Written By : Scott Bird
Filed In : Articles

NYE fireworks over Sydney HarbourIt’s been a great year here on Straight to the Bar, and here are 20 of my personal favourites.

  1. Taking advantage of your location: at last, a bit of outdoor space (Scott Andrew Bird)
  2. Eliminating the Lug Nuts: How to Find a Good Trainer (John Kaiser)
  3. Grip Training – Lifting the Replica Inch Dumbbell (part II, III, IV) (Jedd Johnson)
  4. Specific Training for the Transverse Abdominis (Kat Ricker)
  5. New to Kettlebell Training? (Scott Andrew Bird)
  6. 29 Things to do with a barbell in the corner (Jason Kirby)
  7. Deconstructing hanging windshield wipers (Jason Kirby)
  8. How I learned to love multi-joint exercises (John Kaiser)
  9. Conditioning without trying : Walking 10,000 steps per day (Scott Andrew Bird)
  10. A little yoke work : 10 exercises for a bigger neck (Scott Andrew Bird)
  11. Starting your fitness journey : 10 things to consider (Scott Andrew Bird)
  12. Straight to the Grip Contest (part II, III, IV, V, VI) (as PDF) (Jedd Johnson)
  13. Visualisation (Scott Andrew Bird)
  14. DIY : Home-made Gym Equipment II (Scott Andrew Bird)
  15. 10 of the best : Parkour television commercials (Scott Andrew Bird)
  16. Workout music : soothing or aggressive? (Scott Andrew Bird)
  17. The demise of monkey bars (Scott Andrew Bird)
  18. Setting up a home gym (Scott Andrew Bird)
  19. Bars, plates, hooks and collars (Scott Andrew Bird)
  20. Glossary – strength training equipment (which led to the Training Gear Wiki)

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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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'Napalm' Jedd Johnson.
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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.

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The Precision Nutrition Certification Program

The Precision Nutrition Certification Program.

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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 Twitter, Facebook and the various networks listed in the sidebar.
Drawing of Scott Andrew Bird performing a deadlift. Artwork by Vince Palko.