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

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 legendarystrength.com. Good fun.

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, 23 Aug 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 : Quick Home-made Wrist Roller

When it comes to DIY Gym Equipment, it doesn’t get much simpler than this. Over to Smitty.

Nice work Adam.

DIY : Heavy Clubs


More club-training goodness from DIY Strength. Enjoy.

Coming Events

Twitterchat 80 – Setting Up The Home Gym

Whether you’re training for competition or just for the benefits of looking after yourself, the home gym can be a truly incredible place.
This week we’re taking a close look at Setting Up The Home Gym; the equipment and space you’ll need (not as much as you’d think), combining indoor and outdoor setups and integrating the home gym with commercial facilities, work gyms and hotel areas. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than Body by D-Rock‘s, Derek Peruo (@bodybydrock). Fantastic.


Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Setting Up The Home Gym
When : Wed Aug 25, 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.
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.

Quick update on last week’s twitterchat : Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the discussion on Bulking. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Checking Out : Paleo Brands

I’ve been following a Paleo diet for a while now (started in April 2009), and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone. I’ve never felt better, or stronger.
Quick question : has anyone here tried any of the Paleo Brands meals? They look fantastic, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Exercise of the Week : Ab Rollouts

I love the beautifully simple abdominal rollout. Quick, brutal, and a whole lot of fun.
There are several variations of this wonderful exercise, which will challenge you in many, many ways. To get an idea, look no further than Ross Enamait. Brilliant.