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CJ Gotcher, SSC and Austin Baraki, MD, SSC | December 07, 2016

We frequently hear and answer people’s concerns about resistance training and cardiovascular health in general, including claims that barbell training “doesn’t do anything for the heart” and that “you’ll give yourself a heart attack if you don’t do some running, too.” Since the heart is just a wee bit important to our health, and since no one is looking forward to their next heart attack, it’s important to address these concerns. 

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Mark Rippetoe | December 02, 2016

When I first started lifting seriously, I had the good fortune to meet Bill Starr in the weight room at what was then Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas. I was a snotty-nosed little smartass at the time and despite the fact that I knew absolutely nothing then about either training or being an effective smartass, I presumed that I did. Bill taught me about both.

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Matthew Swogger | November 30, 2016

On 11 June 2004, around midnight, I fell 40 feet off a building and broke my back. Since that time, I have been through an interesting rehabilitation. The story is lengthy, but barbell training figured into my recovery. Strength training is the basis upon which I continue to keep myself functioning on a day-to-day basis, and my experiences may be of use to you the next time you get hurt, or just cannot seem to find the motivation to go and do your squats.

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Mark Rippetoe | November 18, 2016

Pressing a barbell overhead has somehow acquired the reputation as a dangerous exercise for the shoulders. Doctors and Physical Therapists routinely advise against the exercise weightlifters refer to as simply The Press on the false assumption that an injury known as “shoulder impingement” is the inevitable result. Not only is the press perfectly safe for the shoulders – as evidenced by the fact that shoulder injuries are the least-common injuries for Olympic weightlifters who use the barbell overhead – but the correctly performed press is the best exercise for keeping shoulders strong. Here’s why.

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