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Jim Steel | August 30, 2010

"Man, I have been lifting weights for 30 years. Thirty years! ... I have been around so many gyms and so many great lifters. I have so many stories and anecdotes that I have saved over the years, and I want to share them. Since training with weights has been a part of my life for so long, I figured that I would share some stories of interesting folks and some interesting experiences. You may learn something from them, you may not. For me, these stories were unforgettable and helped forge my philosophy of weight training and life."

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Bill Starr | July 22, 2010

"In the early sixties, a new form of strength training burst on the scene and swept across the country like wildfire...Fast forward six years. Isometrics and also the combination of isotonics and isometrics had all but disappeared from strength training in sports...[but it is] information that every serious strength athlete and coach needs to have at his disposal, because there are only a handful of people still alive who know how to do the concept correctly."

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Mark Rippetoe | July 15, 2010

"Since the basic nature of correct ab function is isometric, the exercises in which the abs perform this function will provide exercises for the abs as well. This may seem childishly apparent, yet virtually every strength coach adds extra concentric/eccentric ab work to the program anyway. The thinking must be that just squatting, deadlifting, pressing, cleaning, snatching, chins, and barbell curls – all of which involve trunk stabilization as a critical performance component – do not provide sufficient ab work by themselves. I disagree."

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Jim Steel | July 06, 2010

"I am a college strength coach, and I am struggling.  I am struggling with the state of strength training today.  Whether it is training athletes or training the general population, there are a few basic tenets – commandments if you will – that have been thrown out the door and been replaced by soft workouts.  I have gone back and forth with myself about either honestly expressing my opinions about the whole damn thing or holding it all in and risking a stroke.  I believe that I have held this in long enough.  So here goes: the truth as I see it."

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