Articles | programming

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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Mark Rippetoe | June 08, 2016

If you operate a gym, or if you are a uterus-bearing individual who trains and plans on having kids, this topic will be of interest. Pregnancy and training are discussed in the Q&A at almost every Starting Strength Seminar, and the questions that are asked are very important, both from the standpoint of the mother and the gym owner.

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Marie Kunkel, Nicholas Racculia, PhD, SSC, and Jerome Wisneski, SSC | April 20, 2016

Our primary observation is not doing the program as written seems to hinder progress...time on the program, special snowflake status, artificially high initial squat weight, stuck too quickly, excessive warmups, bastardization of the program...

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Mark Rippetoe | January 29, 2016

"Training is not about today. It is about the process of going from where you are now to here you want to be later, for the purpose of meeting a specific performance goal. . . During a training cycle, each individual workout is important only because of its place in the whole process."

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CJ Gotcher, SSC | January 20, 2016

"Opening up the combat arms to women will be a difficult adjustment...but we can help prepare for them with effective physical training; developing stronger, faster, and more resilient candidates who can excel at the standards in their pipeline schools."

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