Strength & Fitness Newsletter

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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 ).




Logan's 'Quarantine Sale' Courses

Stuck at Home?

Like many of us right now, you may not be spending a lot of time in commercial gym. If you’re without equipment, check out Logan’s ‘Quarantine Sale‘ courses over at Good fun.


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 :

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 :

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, 3 May 2010

This Week on Straight to the Bar

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 an idea of how others approach things, you’ll enjoy these :

Ready to add your own opinion, workout log or training article? Just head over to the Forums, Training Logs, or swing by the Article Submissions page. They’re fantastic ways to share your ideas.

NB : if you enjoy the articles, show the authors your appreciation by voting (using the Like, Digg and Retweet icons). Cheers.

Video : Battle Ropes

I love rope training, and this video shows just a few ways to put them to work. Good stuff.

Coming Events

Twitterchat 64 – Performance-Enhancing Supplements : Protein, caffeine, creatine – what do you have before, during and after your workout; specifically to squeeze the most out of the work you put in?
This week we’re taking a look at Performance-Enhancing Supplements (legal ones of course) – what’s currently used, the thinking behind them, and which ones are effective. Whether it’s a pre-workout cup of coffee or a dose of HMB.
Helping us to navigate this fascinating world is Food & Fitness‘ own Anthony Paradis (@foodnfitness). Fantastic.

Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Performance-Enhancing Supplements
When : Wed May 5, 9pm EDT (1am UTC)
How : include #sbgym in your tweets.
To see when it’s on in your timezone, head over to the twitterchat calendar.
See you there.
Quick update on last week’s twitterchat : I’ve been receiving a stack of positive feedback on the ‘Kettlebell Training for Beginners‘ discussion, and it’s greatly appreciated. And particular thanks to Jackie (aka Girlwithnoname) – was a great chat.
NB : If you’d like to be a guest on a future twitterchat, let me know. It’s great to hear how other people are training.

Getting Ready For :
Ultimate Warrior Workouts – Fitness Secrets of the Martial Arts

To say I’m looking forward to this is an understatement.
I’ll post a full review shortly (the book isn’t actually available until tomorrow, but you can pre-order it here). In the meantime, here’s a brief description of what’s inside :

World-renowned fitness coach Martin Rooney will take you where no warrior has gone before. On an epic international quest, Rooney traveled to top-fight destinations around the globe to study and train under the last living masters in the eight core disciplines of Mixed Martial Arts. More than 1,000 full-color photos reveal hundreds of the original training secrets he discovered along the way, from the slopes of Japan’s Mt. Fuji and the beaches of Brazil to the streets of Russia. With nearly fifty varieties of push-ups, dozens of kettlebell exercises, and hundreds of unique training techniques, Ultimate Warrior Workouts also offers:

  • A complete six-month workout program
  • Cutting-edge nutrition ADVICE and a sample diet plan
  • “Warrior Challenges” to assess your fitness level
  • The history and philosophy of the arts that comprise mixed martial arts


Listening To : Endurance

What are you listening to?
I’m a huge fan of audiobooks – it’s a fantastic way to increase your ‘reading‘ time, as you can do it whilst doing other things – particularly the descriptions of explorations and discoveries from a range of athletes and adventurers.
Currently I’m re-reading (re-listening to, really) the book Endurance, by Alfred Lansing, which details Ernest Shackleton‘s incredible 1914 South Pole expedition. A brilliant read.
How about you – what’s on your ‘books to listen to‘ list?

Exercise of the Week : Box Jump from Foam

Looking for a challenging way to vary your jump training? Try a few of these. Good fun.