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Looking At : Apr 21, 2013
Posted By Scott Bird
Binoculars at Echo Point

Echo Point, Blue Mountains.

During the past week we’ve discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

  • Essential Anatomy : Fantastic piece of software. If anatomy’s central to your business (trainers, coaches, physiotherapists and medical practitioners) and OS/X is your platform of choice, grab this. And if you just want to check out the incredible 3D imaging engine behind it all, grab Essential Skeleton for iOS. Absolutely free.
  • Your Brain On Music : The research continues into music and the brain. What do you listen to before, during and immediately after your workouts?
  • Employees Asked to Share Diet and Exercise Data : An interesting move; curious to see what happens long-term. Question : when an employee leaves, can they take everyone’s data – or just their own?
  • The Promise of Deep Brain Stimulation : Andres Lozano takes a look at conditions such as Parkinson’s, Schizophrenia and Depression; and how Deep Brain Stimulation might just be able to help. Nice one.

There were also a number of things discussed on the Straight to the Bar Community pages, and in the daily ‘Paper‘. However you like to get your dose of ‘What’s happening in the world of fitness?‘, we’ve got you covered. Swing by.

Incidentally, if you’d like to dive into this topic a little deeper (and I wouldn’t blame you for that – fascinating area), grab the daily Aging & Longevity newsletter. Dive in.

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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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As much as I love training with free weights (and the occasional machine, for specific things) I'm partial to the occasional dose of bodyweight goodness. Particularly when travelling.

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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.