Welcome to Straight to the Bar

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.


Incidentally, this site’s been helping people become fitter, healthier and stronger since January 2004. If you’ve just joined us, I highly recommend subscribing to the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter, which contains details of new posts on the site, freshly-minted video demonstrations & tutorials, details of upcoming Gymchats and a whole lot more.

And yes, it’s absolutely free.



The Weightlifting Life (Catalyst Athletics)

Looks great.


Looks great. The training-related podcasts continue to appear, and joining the collection is Greg Everett's latest - The Weightlifting Life. Downloading it now - I'll share my thoughts shortly, in the usual places. Looking forward to it. Incidently, what's on your own podcast list these days? Any you're enjoying, and would recommend?

Women's Deadlift Ladder (The CrossFit Games)

Very interesting event.



Very interesting event - a Deadlift Ladder.

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 : Jul 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.

Live Video Streaming of Sports

Will we see live video streaming used for various sporting competitions?


Although live streaming video has been around for many years now, it seems to have really picked up pace over the past few weeks. Used for events such as the various shootings in the US, the attempted coup in Turkey and the Republican National Convention.
Questions : do you think it's likely we'll start to see it used for sporting competitions, at the Rio Olympics? Will there be people wearing 'hidden' cameras and holding up their 'phones during various events; and will anyone be attempting to stop them? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Elite Athletic Development 3 Seminar DVDs (Mike Robertson)

Fantastic.



If you've ever seen Mike Robertson in action, you know what to expect. In these videos from the seminar - 12 hours in total - the team shares insights on the following areas : And a whole lot more. Elite Athletic Development 3 Seminar DVDs.

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. We also discuss a number of training-related books. If you're looking for the full list of the ones I recommend personally, swing by Goodreads. Great site.


Bodyweight Training - Carry and Balance

Interesting combination.



Interesting combination.

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. We also discuss a number of training-related books. If you're looking for the full list of the ones I recommend personally, swing by Goodreads. Great site.


Looking At : Jul 17, 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.

Neuro-Burner (Jon Bruney)

Very interesting idea.


Very interesting idea. The picture will undoubtedly give you a good idea of what it is & how it's used - something like a large towel combined with Battling Ropes. Although there are undoubtedly several alternative items (such as the aforementioned large towel) which could be put to work like this, the Neuro-Burner looks ideal for the 'bootcamp in the local park'. One trainer, a handful of clients and fairly limited space. Well worth checking out. The Neuro-Burner.

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 the full list of the training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


The Hook Grip

What, why and how.



What, why and how.

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 : Jul 10, 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.



Like to contribute something? I love hearing about how other people are training : if you've got a strength-related competition or seminar coming up, add it to the calendar. And if you'd love to be on one of the weekly Gymchats - get in touch. Look forward to hearing from you.


Want More?

As you can imagine, there’s an incredible amount of material on this site. Articles, video demonstrations & tutorials, the weekly Gymchats and a whole lot more. To keep up with everything going on in the World of Strength, grab the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter - part of the Straight to the Bar Strength Kit.

Absolutely free.