Straight to the Bar

All Things Strength


Instructional Video Competition
Written By : Scott Bird
General Instructions

How do I… Photo by flattop341.

It’s competition time again here at Straight to the Bar. This time it’s a perfect opportunity to share your strength-training passion with the world. Read on, this is a good one.

What to do

Grab a video camera, and record yourself (or a friend) demonstrating a fitness-related training technique. This can be anything at all – show people how to perform a deadlift on blocks, how to execute the perfect Kong Vault or how to do a Goblet Squat with a kettlebell. Anything you like.
Upload the video to YouTube* and leave a comment here telling us where it is.
* I picked YouTube simply as it’s the first video-sharing site most people think of. If you don’t already have an account here, it’s quick and painless (not to mention free) to set one up.


The competition begins immediately, and will run up until the end of August (if you’re a last minute kinda guy/gal, that’s midnight GMT on Aug 31, 2008).
UPDATE : I’ve received a number of emails asking if this can be extended a little. The competition will now run until Sep 30, 2008.

You choose the winner

At the end of September, we’ll list all the entries – together with the number of views they’ve received. You’ll be asked to nominate your favourite; simply by leaving a comment.

The prizes

Now, the good part : think of a fitness or strength-training journal you’d love to have, and which is available for sale online (such as MILO, or the CrossFit Journal). The winner will receive a 24 month subscription to the journal of their choice.
Additionally, the person whose video received the most views will win a 12 month subscription to their favourite fitness journal.
Bonus : if the winner happens to be wearing a Straight to the Bar t-shirt in the video, they’ll receive a $200 (USD) cash prize in addition to the subscription. Not bad at all.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the entries for this one. Let the games begin.

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



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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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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.