Strength & Fitness Newsletter

What's This?

The Strength & Fitness Newsletter is a weekly email newsletter which summarises the things added to Straight to the Bar (as well as a few gems from the archives). Absolutely free.

btw, I’d love to hear your feedback – both on the individual items and the newsletters themselves. Drop a comment below the relevant issue, or swing by Twitter ( I’m @scottbird ).

 

cheers,

Scott

Podcasts

I listen to an ever-changing pool of podcasts, discussing the many aspects of training and nutrition possible. Most recently :
FoundMyFitness (Dr Matthew Walker on Sleep)

Over to you. Any you’d recommend?

Strength Training on Instagram

It’s fair to say that we’ve checked out quite a few images over the years – on Flickr & Smugmug in particular.

A friend of mine just pointed me to Chris Stanciu ‘s Instagram feed, which contains a great mix of nutrition and workout images :

instagram.com/officialgainsthetics.

Twitter Lists

I use Twitter for a number of things, as I’m sure everyone else here does. To talk about strength training, nutrition and many other topics. Works well.

To make this a little easier – and so people can dive right in to the topics that interest them – I use Twitter’s ‘List functionality quite a bit. There’s a full list of them here :

https://twitter.com/scottbird/lists

Whatever you’re in to, it’s all there.

NB : the above lists are always being fine-tuned. If you know of someone who tweets regularly about a particular subject and should be on one of them, let me know.

Other (Daily) Newsletters You Might Like

Finally, for a daily dose of tangentially-related information – check out the following. All are compiled daily, and cover the following topics :

Electric Cars in Australia (great way to help tackle air-pollution)
Leave It In The Ground (tackling air-pollution from a slightly different angle)
Better Sleep Nightly (my favourite form of recovery)

And yes, they’re absolutely free.

Ferocious Fitness (Phil Ross, Marty Gallagher)

Remember this? Great book. Ferocious Fitness:A Fighter’sProven Action Planto Develop Blazing Power, Animalistic Strength and Killer Conditioning is a distillation of Phil Ross’ trainingwisdom, in the form of a superbly comprehensive book.

We took a look at the digital version recently, and you’ll be pleased to know that the paperback version is now available. Definitely worthy of a place on the fitness shelf.

Phil Ross’ Ferocious Fitness.

NB : There’s a full list of all the equipment/books/videos we recommend over in the SttB Strength Store. Dive in.

Monday, 28 September 2009

On the Forums

I’m constantly amazed at just how much my training is influenced by the people on this site. Whether you’re looking for a new piece of equipment, an unusual exercise variation or just a training routine or two, head over to the forums :

NB : Ready to add your own workout log or training article? Just head over to the Articles & Logs page and log in, and click ‘Post to Your Blog‘. That’s all there is to it.

Video – Breaking Eggs with His Head

Omelette anyone?

Coming Events

Twitterchats : there are some brilliant discussion topics coming up, with a fantastic range of coaches, trainers, physiotherapists and athletes. To find out the details, swing by the [twitterchat calendar](http://www.straighttothebar.com/v2/calendar.php?c=3).
**NB** : if you’d like to be a guest on an upcoming chat, get in touch. It’s always great to discover how other people are training.
Kettlebell Juggling Contest : how’s your kettlebell juggling? For details, head over here. Good stuff.
Card Tearing Contest : or a spot of card tearing perhaps? Now this one will be fun. Find out why.
Grip Contests : There are also several grip contests coming up shortly, including :

  • USHS Nationals
  • USGS Nationals
  • Finnish Open Grip Strength Championships

For details – and to add an event – swing by the Grip Contest Calendar.

Bodyweight Blueprint

[](http://www.bodyweightcoach.com/go.php?offer=scottbird&pid=1&u=bodyweight-blueprint.com/SB_workout.html)This week marks the launch of [Adam Steer](http://www.bettersbetter.com/)’s brilliant [Bodyweight Blueprint](http://www.bodyweightcoach.com/go.php?offer=scottbird&pid=1&u=bodyweight-blueprint.com/SB_workout.html) package. Although the official launch isn’t until Wednesday, I’ve arranged a special preview for readers of this newsletter.
If you love bodyweight training, make sure you check out [Bodyweight Blueprint](http://www.bodyweightcoach.com/go.php?offer=scottbird&pid=1&u=bodyweight-blueprint.com/SB_workout.html). Superb.

Exercise of the Week

When was the last time you did some serious [rope climbing](http://www.straighttothebar.com/rope/)? Here’s how – the Cinch and Pinch. Good stuff.