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Merry Christmas (and Some Great Holiday Reading)
Written By : Scott Bird
Filed In : Articles | video

As you can see, even Santa finds time to squeeze in a few sets of pulldowns. Have a great holiday.

There have been a number of fantastic articles on Straight to the Bar this year, contributed by a range of guest authors. While you’re temporarily escaping the festivities, take a look through some of my favourites.
10, to be exact.

  1. Grrl’s Valentine’s Day Wishlist (Kat Ricker)
    No matter what time of year it is, if you’re looking for gift ideas for your strength-training girl, this is a great place to start.
  2. Bare-Handed Nail Driving Basics (Ryan Pitts)
    Ryan takes a great look at the training and technique behind this incredible feat. If you’ve ever considered having a go at some barehanded nail driving, make sure you read this.
  3. 7 Reasons to Start Bending Nails (Jedd ‘Napalm‘ Johnson)
    Ready to include some bending in your workouts? Jedd takes a look at just a few of the benefits of this wonderful sport. Good fun.
  4. Give Your Workout a Name! (Fight Geek)
    Fight Geek notes the power of making a simple change to your training – giving your workouts names. Works well.
  5. Tearing A License Plate (Chris Rider)
    Chris explains the method behind this fantastic strength feat.
  6. The Investments [I,II,III,IV] (Unbreakable‘ Adam T Glass)
    Ready to crank your training up a notch? Adam details a number of superb exercises which will take you several steps closer to incredible strength. A brilliant series.
  7. Hanging Core Variations (Joe Hashey)
    Joe has written some incredible stuff this year (including the upcoming Bull Strength manual), and here’s just a sample. Very creative.
  8. How to Train for Strength (Parth Shah)
    Ready to get seriously strong? Parth explains the basics.
  9. Recovery and Regeneration for the Strength Athlete (Patrick Ward)
    This is a great look at recovery techniques for all types of strength athletes. If you know that post-training ‘I’ll sleep well tonight‘ feeling well, read on.
  10. Building A Neck Of Steel (Mike ‘The Machine‘ Bruce)
    Mike – a man with insane neck strength – takes a look at the basics of training this oft-overlooked body part.

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



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