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Mark Rippetoe | June 21, 2017

“Genetics” is a term bandied about fairly loosely in sports. A good definition of genetic potential is whether the athlete possesses the active genotype necessary to excel in sport. In simpler terms, does the athlete have a suitable set of genes, and enough of them turned on, to be good in the sport of choice? And how does the development of the organism within the environment affect the expression of the genotype?

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Mark Rippetoe | June 14, 2017

What difference does a 2-inch stance width adjustment make in the execution of a squat? What happens if the 2-inch adjustment is made at the heels or the toes? Does an effect on the foot angle alter the movement mechanics above the feet? How? 

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Mark Rippetoe | June 09, 2017

The correctly-performed Press (incorrectly-performed exercises do not count) is not merely perfectly safe for the shoulders. More importantly, the Press is the best exercise for keeping shoulders strong and injury-free. Here’s why. 

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Leah Lutz, SSC | June 07, 2017

“Leah, 5 years ago, would you have ever imagined doing what you are now?”

Never. And this question isn’t about my weight loss, it’s about my strength training. Losing over 100 lbs was something I had doubted I could do, but I was determined to make it finally happen. And I did. Strength training and eventually competing was never, ever part of that plan to “get healthy,” but back then I clearly had little to no substantive understanding of what being “healthy” would mean. I just thought it meant to lose weight, get to a smaller size, and finally be “not overweight.” 

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Mark Rippetoe | June 02, 2017

The idea that below-parallel squats are bad for the knees is complete nonsense which, for some reason that escapes me, will not go away. This mythology is mindlessly repeated by orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, registered nurses, personal trainers, dieticians, sportscasters, librarians, lunch-room monitors, and many other people in positions of authority with no actual knowledge of the topic, and therefore no basis in fact for their opinion.

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