Articles | coaching


Dan Flanick, SSC and Mark Rippetoe | January 11, 2017

Today, everyone wants to call themselves a coach. This is both good and bad. The good lies in the fact that if there are more coaches, the sheer numbers indicate that more good coaches will work hard at their craft and rise to the top in a field starving for quality coaching. Conversely, it also means there are a greater number of “coaches” who will remain ignorant throughout their careers, and thus grow the number of ignorant trainees and future unprepared coaches who learn from their tutelage. If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem, so in order for us to mitigate the current and future damage done by unqualified coaches, we need to understand what exactly a coach is and does.

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Mark Rippetoe | January 06, 2017

During my time as a gym owner I have made several mistakes, none of which had anything to do with my decision to teach everybody how to use barbells safely, efficiently, and productively. Rather, my biggest regret was not doing so, once, when I should have.

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Rebekah Cygan, PTA, SSC | November 16, 2016

Stronger seems like a good idea to people; it just doesn’t sound like the most important thing to most people. Their ears like the sound of “functional fitness” better. And I find myself thinking, “If I could get you under a barbell, I could change your life.” 

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Mark Rippetoe | November 02, 2016

A recent survey of the training logs posted on this website reveals that you aren’t Doing The Program. Nicholas Racculia PhD SSC and his staff recently surveyed a group of 324 training logs posted in the Training Logs section of the forums on this website, and discovered that 6 of them – less than 2% – showed strict adherence to the program. Some of you need our help, and we have decided to offer it.

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| October 21, 2016

Strength training is quite popular these days, and is getting more popular as people realize the benefits of approaching their exercise program with a definite goal in mind. Stronger is more useful. Stronger is better. Stronger even looks better. And stronger is a straightforward process – lift a little more weight today than you did last time, and keep doing so for as long as possible.

But as simple as this process is, it can become unnecessarily complicated without a basic understanding of the nature of the exercises that make you strong most efficiently. 

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