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, 24 Jan 2011

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‘ button beneath each post). Cheers.


Video : Increase Your Push-up Volume

Smitty, there are some superb tips in this video. Nice one.


Twitterchat 102 – Odd Object Training

Kevin 'Sgt Sweaty' Miller

Kevin ‘Sgt Sweaty‘ Miller.

Heavy, awkward, off-centre : this is my kind of training. Good fun.
This week we’re taking a close look at Odd Object Training, in any form, anywhere. Everything from ‘what it is‘ to ‘filling kegs with sand, water and other fun things‘. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than Kevin ‘Sgt Sweaty‘ Miller (@SgtSweaty). Fantastic.


Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Odd Object Training
When : Wed Jan 26, 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.

Kat 'The Mighty Kat' Ricker

Kat ‘The Mighty Kat‘ Ricker.

Quick update on last week’s twitterchat : Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the discussion on Auxiliary Olympic Lifts for Core Strength. Some superb ideas in there.
For those who missed out on the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts. How do you learn Olympic Lifting? Can you teach yourself, or would you recommend hiring a trainer or joining a group?

Looking Forward To : The Body in Motion

This looks great.
In The Body in Motion: Its Evolution and Design, Theodore Dimon takes a look at our incredible construction. Much more than a humble anatomy book, this examines not only how various body systems work but combine to accomplish whatever task is required.
If you’ve ever wondered just what happens when you lift/drag/carry something – and how to refine that process as much as possible – this book will show you precisely.
Available tomorrow.

Exercise of the Week : Slosh Pipe Zercher Carry

During the twitterchat last week we noted the ever-challenging Slosh Pipe – great bit of home-made gear.
Here are just a few ways to use this incredible tool, including my own favourite : the Slosh Pipe Zercher Carry. Good fun, and a whole lot harder than it looks.

Enjoy.
NB : if you’re thinking ‘this looks cool, how do I make one‘, swing by this article :
How To Make an Adjustable Slosh Pipe
Step by step.


Incidentally, if you’d like to get in touch regarding this or any other aspect of strength, you can send me an email here. Look forward to hearing from you.

Free eBooks from Straight to the Bar

10 Essential Conditioning ToolsAs a Strength & Fitness Newsletter subscriber you get several great eBooks, absolutely free. Just head over here, save them to your hard-drive, and dive in.
Good stuff.
NB : This is an ever-changing list of books. If you’d like to put your own work in front of a fantastic strength-focussed audience, let me know.