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5 Years of SttB : Competition
Written By : Scott Bird
Filed In : competitions
Scott Bird. Artwork by Vince Palko.
Yes, I love the deadlift.
In a few weeks’ time, Straight to the Bar will be celebrating its fifth birthday. It’s a fantastic feeling. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who’s been reading, writing and generally sharing the strength-training passion over that time. I really couldn’t have done it without you. To celebrate, I’ll be giving a few things away; ranging from grip toys to serious training ebooks (including Joe Hashey‘s upcoming Bull Strength manual). The full prize list will be announced shortly on Twitter (

Entry is simple.

To assist the many people who are just beginning their strength-training journey, why not share your passion for the iron. The easiest way to do this is by writing an article on your favourite training technique or a method that’s been working well. To enter the competition, simply head over to the submissions page and send in an article or two. The best of these will be published on Straight to the Bar over the coming weeks.

Choosing the winners.

The prizewinners will be chosen from the writers of the most popular pieces (a mix of their votes on Digg, number of readers and the ones you like). I’ll post a full list as the articles appear.


The exact timing of the competition will appear in next week’s newsletter; or you can simply search for this site’s oldest post. It will end exactly 5 years from that date.

Final thought.

Thank you, sincerely. I really do appreciate all of the contributions everyone’s made over the years. Thank you.

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



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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.