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7 Years of Straight to the Bar : The Contest
Written By : Scott Bird
Filed In : competitions
Straight to the Bar

Yes, I love the deadlift.

Straight to the Bar will be turning an incredible 7 years old in a couple of weeks (Jan 17th – here’s the first post). To everyone who’s written, read and commented on the numerous articles, photographs and ideas – thank you all sincerely. It really is appreciated.

By way of a thank-you we’ll be – together with our fantastic sponsors, all of whom are hand-picked and makers of things I actually use myself – giving away some fantastic equipment to a lucky forum member. Details below.
NB : if you haven’t already registered on twitter, there’s still time. It’s free, nice and quick, and definitely recommended. There’s some fantastic information on there.

Contest Details

This contest is open to anyone who’s interested in the world of strength training. Whether you’re a beginner just dipping your toes in the water, or a professional athlete who’s been training hard for years; this is for you.
All you need to do is to hop onto twitter, and :

  1. Follow our sponsors at They share some fantastic information.
  2. Tell your friends about the contest with a quick tweet :

    Win $500 worth of fitness gear : 7 Years of Straight to the Bar ( ). Just follow @scottbird/sttbsponsors . #7yearsofSttB

That’s it.
At the end of the month we’ll be selecting one of the posts at random, and sending that person some incredible prizes. A Rotater, a Loadable Club from StrongerGrip, the Nail Bending DVD, a tub of AtLarge Nutrition’s BCAA+, a Straight to the Bar t-shirt and much, much more. There’s a full list of all the sponsors and prizes here.


The closing date for entries is the end of the month, midnight on Jan 31st 2011. That’s midnight in your local timezone, if you’re a last-minute kind of person.
And thank-you again. I really am grateful for all the support, and wish you all the best in your own training.
Keep Lifting,

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.
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