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 ).




DragonDoor Workshops

Ready To Learn Even More?

I love learning new skills, and the many seminars & workshops available are a great way to do that. If you’re looking for a specific type of workshop nearby, check out the ones on Dragon Door. Great mix of kettlebell and calisthenics-based offerings.


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 :

NB : if you’d like to share your own images, just add them to one of the sites noted above and send us a link.

Strength Training on Facebook

I suspect you love talking about strength training constantly (certainly the case here), and you’re always on the lookout for places to do that. Comments on various sites, forums as well as various in-person communities.

Online, I gravitate toward both Twitter and Facebook. In addition to the SttB offerings, here’s another one you may wish to check out :

Garage Gym Reviews (Cooper Mitchell’s page)

We’ve noted a few of his videos in the past, and they’re great for diving in deep on a particular type of equipment. Nice one.

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 :

Aging & Longevity (living for a very, very long time)
Electric Cars in Australia (great way to help tackle air-pollution)
Better Sleep Nightly (my favourite form of recovery)

And yes, they’re absolutely free.

Bruce Lee : The Art of Expressing the Human Body (Bruce Lee & John Little)

If you’ve ever watched a Bruce Lee film and marveled at his strength, speed, agility, endurance, flexibility or muscularity, this book should take pride of place in your collection. Unlike many other writings covering everything from Lee’s training methods to nutrition, this book is based not on the recollections of people around him; but on Lee’s own notes. Brilliant.

Definitely worthy of a place on the fitness shelf.

Bruce Lee : The Art of Expressing the Human Body.

Monday, 10 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 : Can Bursting

Chris Rider demonstrates a spot of Can Bursting, a strength feat seldom seen yet always impressive. Love it.

Coming Events

Twitterchat 65 – Kettlebell Training for Athletes : Whether you’re building strength, enjoying a little conditioning work or simply using them as convenient weights with handles – kettlebells are fantastic training tools.
This week we’re taking a look at Kettlebell Training for Athletes – discussing the many, many ways to put kettlebells to work so they’ll help you on the mat, platform, or sporting field. Helping us to navigate this fascinating world is Kettlebell Training Academy‘s Ajamu Bernard (@dakbellguy). Fantastic.

Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Kettlebell Training for Athletes
When : Wed May 12, 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 : Following the discussion on Performance-Enhancing Supplements I’ve received a stack of feedback on the topic of creatine. Cheers for all of that – very much appreciated.
Tony has put together a brief overview page here; explaining what it is, how it’s used, which form he recommends and so on. If you’re at all curious, it’s a great place to start.
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.

Deal of the Week : ‘Got Yoke?’ T-shirt

For everyone that’s been asking – it’s finally happened. The new ‘Got Yoke‘ t-shirts have arrived.
These contain some fantastic moisture management features, as well as featuring a distinctive design by Rory Hickman. It really is a perfect combination.
You’ll find the order page here, or you can email me privately for bulk purchases. Cheers.

Watching : A-Z Climbing Podcast

Although I’ve been a fan of podcasts for years now, it’s only in the last 12 months or so that I’ve focused on the ‘video only‘ variety. And this week, I was lucky enough to stumble upon several training-related podcasts that are well worth a look.
Kicking things off (many more sites, newsletters and podcasts in this forum thread) is a podcast with an interesting twist – AZ Climbing. 26 climbing-focussed videos, one for each letter of the alphabet. Covering the many varieties of indoor and outdoor work.
Good stuff.

Exercise of the Week : Beaker Bench Press

Back in 2008 we were introduced to the idea of the Kettlebell Beaker – basically a series of bench presses with kettlebells hanging from the bar. There are a number of ways to vary this, and to incorporate the idea in other exercises (Justin Andrushko details several in Band Suspended Weight); and the most common is shown below.
If you’re looking for a way to mix things up a bit, give it a shot. Good fun.