Starting Strength Weekly Report

June 06, 2016

  • The winner of the May Under the Bar Contest is Pete Troupos.
  • From the archives: Rip on the importance of The Press and how being strong overhead should be a priority.
  • Taking Better Pictures, 3 - Tom Campitelli further explores composition, example pictures, and necessary photographic hardware.
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  • Ask Rip #26 - Everything you ever wanted to know about hernias, how to progress on weighted chins, and the best sandwich in the world. 

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kyle eaton getting strong Kyle Eaton coming in like a wrecking ball (in those shorts) at the end of week 5 of his Novice Progression with 255# for 3x5. A 75# increase on the bar and a 13lb bodyweight gain at Gig Harbor Strength and Fitness! [photo courtesy of Anna Marie Oakes-Joudy]
jay mund coaches the press Starting Strength Coach Jay Mund works with a new client on his press [photo courtesy of FiveX3 Training]
Emily Socolinsky presses 100# for a double Starting Strength Coach Emily Socolinsky presses 100# for a double. [photo courtesy of FiveX3 Training]
courtney training bench press Courtney, age 20, trains her bench with Starting Strength Coach Emily Socolinsky. Her sister, Jackie and her father, Steve also train at Fivex3. Just need to get mom on the platform next. [photo courtesy of FiveX3 Training]

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Best of the Week

So, I graduated on Saturday….
Jordan Feigenbaum

So, I graduated on Saturday from medical school. I did some training in there too but I forgot what I did. It probably wasn't very important. Thanks for all the support here over the last 4 years- it means a lot!


  • Hang snatch 90 x 3 x 3
  • Snatch Grip Push Press- 110 x 5 x 3
  • Tempo FS- 100 x 6 x 4


  • Strict MU in 6 min- 32
  • 15 min EMOM
  • 15 arch hollow swings w/ toes to bar on reps 5,10,and 15
  • Freestanding handstand x 3s
  • 1 legless rope climb


  • Squat- 445 x 5 x 3
  • Press- 190 x 7 x 3
  • Tempo Squat- 225 x 12 x 3

15-12-9-6-3 (3:06)

  • DL @ 185
  • Pushups
  • Row Cals

Best of the Forum

Do short guys have an advantage at squatting heavier weight?

I'm having discussion with my vertically challenged friend about short guys having advantage over taller guys of lifting the same amount of weight. Can you settle this discussion?

Mark Rippetoe

Work = Force x Distance.


Rip, that means that obviously the shorter guy will accomplish less work using 1 rep with the same weight because of the shorter ROM, which surely has relevance in real world activities.

But given just the task of squatting without the consideration of how much work is actually being done (which I think the OP is referring to), is there a difference in how much weight a shorter guy can squat compared to a taller guy (given their build and limb proportions are identical)?

My thinking is no because although the shorter guy will have an advantage of a shorter ROM, his levers and the muscles operating them are just proportionally smaller as well.

Mark Rippetoe

This is the basis of the newer Wilks formula, and the older Schwartz, Malone, and Sinclair formulas.


Smaller muscles may counterbalance the advantage of a shorter ROM, but smaller levers would provide an advantage, as the moment arms are shorter, right?

Mark Rippetoe

Cross-sectional area is the determining factor. A shorter person will have a shorter muscle, but not necessarily a smaller cross-section of muscle belly area. And shorter moment arms are the other part of the explanation for why the lighter weight classes lift heavier weights relative to bodyweight.

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