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, 17 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 : Underground Strength & Fitness

The Fight Geek is currently putting together a short course for Adult Education on training ‘underground style‘; here’s the Keynote presentation which accompanies part 1.

Training With : TRX Suspension Trainer

Fitness Anywhere VideoAs I’m about to spend a bit of time on-the-road (doing a little family history research), I’m currently assembling a training-when-travelling kit. A kettlebell, a band or two and of course the TRX.
If you’ve never tried suspension training, here’s an overview. No matter where you are, just hook it up and go.

Coming Events

Twitterchat 66 – Resistance Bands : Bands are superb things, for adjusting the strength curve of various exercises or use by themselves. Love them.
This week we’re taking a look at the many, many ways to include Resistance Bands in your training – what to use, how to attach them and of course, hundreds of ways to put them to work. In the home gym, a commercial facility or on-the-road.

Details –
Who : Strength-training fans
Topic : Resistance Bands
When : Wed May 19, 9pm EST (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.
Russian Kettlebell 125x125Quick update on last week’s twitterchat : Following the discussion on Kettlebell Training for Athletes there’s been a stack of information flowing on which kettlebells to use, and why.
Without wishing to start any arguments, I personally feel most comfortable using the Dragon Door ‘bells. If you’re looking to pick up a new kettlebell or two, you’ll find details of the Dragon Door products and many others listed here.
How about you – which kettlebells do you use personally, and why?
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.

Inspiration : Images of Strength

You may have noticed that there are quite a few new photos in the ‘Images of Strength‘ collection in the Straight to the Bar sidebar. Photos of various athletes and strongmen; training, competing and performing. Good stuff.
Now it’s your turn. I’m looking for several new images to add to this area, showing the fantastic strength-training community in all aspects of training and competition. And – if you’re a professional Strongman/Strongwoman – performing.
If you’d like to strut your stuff in front of an incredible audience, just add your photos to the SttB Flickr Group. I’ll copy them directly to the Images of Strength collection.
Cheers for that. The best of these images (and by ‘best‘, I mean the ones I like the most) will appear randomly in the Images of Strength collection. It’s a great way to get in front of a fantastic strength-training community.

Reading : Active Recovery Training

I’ve added another ebook to the list given to newsletter subscribers – Ty’s Active Recovery Training.
As a thank-you to everyone who’s already here, a complimentary copy. Enjoy.

Exercise of the Week : Rafter Pull-ups

Looking for a dose of grip work with your pull-ups? Have a go at these – much, much harder than they look. Love ’em.
NB : I love chinning work, and there is an almost endless list of ways to vary this simple exercise. If you’re after a bit of variety, try the climbers‘, band-resisted and gorilla varieties (combination of chin-up and hanging knee raise). Good fun.