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Scott Bird. Artwork by Vince Palko.
Yes, I love the deadlift.
If you’ve just joined us, welcome. Here you’ll find everything that grunts, groans and ticks in the world of strength training. In short, this site is the home of all things strength.


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14% Off StrongerGrip Clubs

Superb gear.


It's fair to say that I'm a huge fan of the StrongerGrip gear - extremely well made equipment, which works perfectly. It's very clear that it's created by someone who actually trains with it. In a great bit of timing, they've got a sale currently on which includes the very things I'm in need of (new training partner) - Indian Clubs. Full details here : www.strongergrip.com/categories/Indian--Clubs Have a look around, it really is superb stuff. StrongerGrip.

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Double Nail Drive

Driving two nails at the same time.


Driving two 20d nails at the same time. Good stuff Chris.

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Twitter Lists

Whatever you're in to.


I use Twitter for a number of things, as I'm sure everyone else here does. To talk about strength training, photography 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

Looking At : Feb 7, 2016

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

The Fitness Blogger Podcast

Looks great.


We've discussed a number of fitness podcasts over the years (a few of my current favourites are listed here). Love seeing/hearing them. One that a friend pointed me to recently is Jim Davis' Fitness Blogger Podcast, which you can grab (for free) either via the blog or somewhere like iTunes. Looks good. Curious : what else are you watching/listening to these days - any other fitness podcasts you'd recommend?

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Home-Made Exoskeleton - The Big Test

A DIY exoskeleton that can help increase strength.


Very interesting series - building an exoskeleton that can help increase strength.

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Looking At : Jan 31, 2016

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Olympic Weightlifting - A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches [Kindle Edition]

Superb book.


Good stuff. Digital editions (both Kindle and iBooks) of Greg Everett's Olympic Weightlifting - A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches.
As the title suggests, this book details the lifts themselves as well as teaching a number of cues, variations and progressions. It really is a wonderfully comprehensive offering. (The Amazon page has a complete list of topics covered.) Full review shortly. Olympic Weightlifting - A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches.

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here. And if you're looking for other training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


Legless Rope Climb

Arms only.


Simple idea, much more difficult than it looks. Good stuff.

NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you'd like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.


Looking At : Jan 24, 2016

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.



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