Articles | strength & health


Mark Rippetoe | April 21, 2017

"[A] properly-designed strength training program constitutes a much better use of the same amount of time a “cardio” workout takes, and provides far more benefits to your quality of life. This is especially true if you’re older...Here’s why."

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Inna Koppel, SSC | April 12, 2017

It was my responsibility to teach participants – both those who had no cognitive impairment and those with memory problems and dementia – how to strength train in the structured environment of an assisted living facility.  

For as much as they were my students, I was theirs. In my time with the study I learned a few things about training the frail, cognitively impaired elderly, and many things about the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease that went far beyond barbells. 

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Mark Rippetoe | April 07, 2017

I read the comments on these articles, you know. “Rip's a fat guy. Don't believe anything he says about fitness.” “Fit people don't look like Rip's fat ass. Run awaaaaay!!” As I sit here finishing the last of an unclaimed birthday cake from Kroger, listening to Chicago's “Free Form Guitar” on repeat, this harshness brings a tear to my bloodshot piggish little eyes. People are so hateful sometimes. Usually they're just stupid and ignorant, and that can be interpreted as hateful.

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Adam Lauritzen, SSC | March 15, 2017

Fundamentals are the basics, the things that we learn in the beginning of training and which apply at all levels for an entire career. In a complex world, fundamental things work reliably and consistently. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as with most martial arts and other combative human endeavors, the fundamental concept is to get in a position where your bigger, stronger tools work best and your opponent’s do not.

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Mark Rippetoe | March 03, 2017

If you are a competitive distance runner or cyclist who is serious about your sport, this article has not been written for you. This highly informative discussion is intended for those people who have taken seriously the advice of doctors, Physical Therapists, exercise physiologists, and the popular media's dutiful reporting on these sources of common misinformation about what kind of physical activity is best for your long-term health and continued ability to participate in the business of living well. 

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