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, 18 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 : Band-Resisted Hanging Knee Raises

Despite being a long-time fan of these, I’ve never done them with bands. Very interesting idea.


Coming Events

Twitterchat 88 – Incorporating Fitness into a ‘Normal‘ Life

A deceptively simple question lies at the heart of this week’s topic – ‘How do you incorporate fitness into your life?‘ Perhaps it’s a dose of bodyweight exercise in the morning, a lunchtime weight session at the gym near work, and a run after you get home.
Whatever form it takes, we’d love to hear about it. This week we’re discussing the many, many ways of incorporating fitness into your life. Home gyms, a kettlebell at work, the local park and so on. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than SEE’s Adam Stoffa (@SEEAdamTrain). Fantastic.


Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Incorporating Fitness into a ‘Normal‘ Life
When : Wed Oct 20, 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 Recovery Methods. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you factor in recovery when developing a new training routine, and in what form?

Looking Forward To : The 4-Hour Body

OK, the title sounds like it came from an infomercial (particularly the full title, The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman). It is however – as you may have guessed – the latest offering from the incredible Tim Ferriss.
Filled with snippets of more than a decade of body-hacking ideas, this looks like a great read. Although I don’t exactly agree with everything Tim says, the ideas he generates make his blog (and I suspect, this book) essential reading.
Really looking forward to it.

Exercise of the Week : Front Plate Raise

As GoodyGirl77 will attest, these are fantastic. They’re also one of the simplest exercises you can perform with the aid of a plate.
The basic idea is to hold a plate away from your body, raise it to eye level and lower it again; under control. Works the anterior deltoids, and is great after a spot of pressing or a push-up or three.



Good fun.