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Kat ‘The Mighty Kat’ Ricker
Written By : Scott Bird
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The Mighty Kat, Kat Ricker

The Mighty Kat, Kat Ricker

Like most of the good folks around Straight to the Bar, when it comes to fitness, Kat tends to be conspicuous on the gym floor or in the backyard, doing odd-looking exercises and making strange guttural noises that leave her throat sore.

Kat began training in 1990. She earned personal training certification
with the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2001, worked as a
trainer at a Gold’s Gym, and as head trainer/manger at a Bally Total

Kat holds a master’s degree in professional writing. Her training
articles have appeared in many top muscle magazines. Infatuated with
the liberation of self-publishing over the Internet, she maintains a
few blogs, including one which reviews fitness equipment and books.

Kat is an explorer by nature and finds great joy in her fitness
evolution. She has competed with various bodybuilding organizations,
and judged for OCB. These days, her passion is strength
training, with big chunks of Olympic lifting and heavybag beating.

She strives to promote a lifestyle geared toward overall health,
well-being, safety, strength, power, sanity, lasting results and peace
of mind.

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