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, 11 Oct 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 : Developing the Thumb Pad for Gripper Closes

Another great idea from Mighty JoeDeveloping the Thumb Pad for Gripper Closes. Good stuff.

Coming Events

Twitterchat 87 – Recovery Methods

As much as I love picking up heavy things, a key part of my fitness lifestyle is recovery. Everything from contrast showers to a good dose of shut-eye.
This week we’re taking a close look at the many, many Recovery Methods available; whether that involves nutrition, increasing blood flow or just giving your body time to get back to normal. If it works, we’ll be talking about it. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than Sports Performance Coach Bill Long (@bill_long1). Fantastic.

Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Recovery Methods
When : Wed Oct 13, 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 : Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the discussion on Strength Training Over 40. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. For those over 40, do you find it easier to gain strength than you used to? How about adding muscle mass?

Checking Out : Loadable Bulldog Beast

15lb empty, loadable to 150lb. This is a serious kettlebell.
Art of Strength‘s Loadable Bulldog Beast. Beautiful.

Exercise of the Week : Divebomer Push-up

I love these.
Starting in the usual push-up position, spread your legs wide and walk back a little with your hands. Your body will now be in the shape of a large inverted ‘V‘.
Move your feet apart a bit, flare your elbows out and swing your torso down and forward; keeping it as low to the ground as you can. When your hips are just above the ground, drive your head straight up (your shoulders will be above your elbows at this point) until you are looking straight ahead.
To complete the exercise, simply reverse the movement. That’s one rep.

NB : if you’re looking for even more of a challenge, try doing it on one leg (suspension trainers are great for this, or put one leg on something like a medicine ball).