Articles | coaching


Nicholas Racculia, PhD, SSC | July 06, 2016

The typical Starting Strength Coach (SSC) is an experienced, well-educated coach who is physically strong and active within the fitness industry. Here's how we know this.

The Starting Strength Coaches Association recently conducted a survey of its members. Of the 103 active members as of 3/16/16, 100 responded to this basic survey which polled their experience, education, role within the fitness industry and individual strength levels. The purpose of the survey was to demonstrate the depth and quality of Starting Strength Coaches.

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Jordan Feigenbaum, MD, SSC | June 22, 2016

"The Elbow Problem – when a lifter raises his elbows up too far during a squat – has the potential to produce numerous deleterious effects on the squat, including movement of the barbell on the back, sub-optimal back angle, flexion of the thoracic spine, and elbow/upper limb pain."

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Mark Rippetoe | April 27, 2016

The academic preparation necessary for becoming an effective coach is not being provided by the vast majority of Exercise Physiology programs in this country, and apparently abroad as well...

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Dan Flanick, SSC | March 23, 2016

“For most college students, the “What the hell am I supposed to do now?” feeling fully sets in about mid-way through senior year. As for an “Exercise Science” major, that feeling may or may not revisit the psyche once you painfully realize the staggering disconnect between training actual people and “the literature” on which your degree program is based…[and] the majority of the throbbing sensation is linked to the discovery that your friend, the business major, passed his [insert fitness certification here] at the local H&R Block the week after you.”

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