Straight to the Bar

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Welcome to the Gymchats
Written By : Scott Bird

I love these discussions. They started back in February 2009 as a way to share, debate and learn a wealth of training-related information. In that time we’ve heard numerous ideas, tips and suggestions; and been pointed to some fascinating sites, apps, podcasts, books and equipment.
Thanks to everyone who’s taken part – it really is appreciated.

Still, it always frustrated me a little that there’s no easy way to point people to previous discussions. Unless you were there at the time, there wasn’t a lot you could do.
Accordingly, we’ll be moving these conversations to a platform that makes this sort of thing nice and painless : Google+.
Google+ (or just G+) offers a lot of advantages, both for the people who are there and those that can’t make it at the time. Specifically :

  • Each post on G+ has a permalink, so you can point people to previous discussions. This is just the same as any other URL, so you’ll be able to share it in the usual ways.
  • The questions/answers can be as long as you like – no more 140 character restriction. It’s still a good idea to keep them reasonably brief (so people can read and absorb them in time), but you’re not limited at all.
  • Posts and comments can be edited if necessary. If you spot a glaring mistake somewhere (in one of your own points), you can go back and fix it.

And seeing as we’re moving to Google, a new name is in order. I’ll be running with ‘Gymchats‘, as it isn’t too much of a change and makes the subject matter pretty clear. The topics themselves will be exactly the same.
Incidentally, if you haven’t used Google+ before and would like an invitation, I have a few left. Otherwise, swing by my profile and add me to one of your circles.

The most recent discussion : How to Find a Personal Trainer
This was a very interesting look at the various things to consider when hiring a Personal Trainer, and the many benefits they can bring. Featuring interviewee Kirk ‘Captain‘ Fontaine, we were also joined by New York-based Trainer Derek ‘Body by D-Rock‘ Peruo.
Great conversation – and you’ll find the entire transcript here.
To find out the details of next week’s discussion as soon as they’re announced, subscribe to the weekly newsletter. And to ask a question or share a comment in upcoming Gymchats, simply add Scott Bird to one of your Google+ circles.
See you there.
NB : parts of this article initially appeared in the Strength & Fitness Newsletter. You can sign up (free) here.

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.
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