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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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Austin Baraki, MD, SSC and Jordan Feigenbaum, MD, SSC | October 19, 2016

An increasing number of strength coaches are delving into the “therapy” side of practice through additional education in anatomy, human movement, and injury management. Conversely, many young therapists are beginning to recognize the importance of strength training and the principle of progressive overload for long-term adaptation. These “hybrid” coach-therapists have a lot of potential, but many of them introduce unnecessary complexity by inappropriately blending the two approaches for general strength trainees.

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Mark Rippetoe | October 05, 2016

This essay is about the state of the Strength and Conditioning profession in 2014, most of which is practiced in high schools, colleges and universities, and at the professional sports level. Those of you reading this in the distant future, while you drive your flying cars (please be careful), may observe with amusement that all these problems have long since been corrected, if I have even described them accurately here in 2014, and my concerns turned out to be about as relevant to your advanced civilization as global warming. From atop your glacier, you may look down on a landscape devoid of weak, overtrained athletes, and wonder just what in the hell I was so concerned about. I hope so.

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