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Starting Strength in the Real World

by Jonathon Sullivan MD, PhD, SSC | February 09, 2017

John C. is an 89 year-old WWII-era veteran and resident at an independent living facility for Seniors in the Detroit Metro area. He is an avid reader and recently has digested both popular press articles and biomedical abstracts on the role of strength decline in aging and the potential of training older adults for strength and muscle restoration and retention. 

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by Nick Delgadillo, SSC | January 26, 2017

Without fail, at every seminar someone asks the question: “Can I do the program and still (insert chosen physically demanding hobby here)?”   The “program,” or the Starting Strength Novice Linear Progression, cannot be done while CrossFitting, boxing, running, Zumba-ing, or anything else.  If such a thing is attempted, then the program is not being done optimally, and doing some variation of the program along with some other physically demanding activity inevitably yields poor or mediocre-at-best results nearly every time it’s tried.

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by Phil Ringman | December 01, 2016

I began running nearly 50 years ago. I was in 7th grade. I didn't want to play football because you could get hurt, and I wasn't very good at basketball. Baseball was not available in my junior high, and soccer was not an option in 1967. That left track. So I started running, and began a junior high and high school track and cross country career that was mediocre at best...

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by Gene Banman | October 13, 2016

I had a set of biases; you might even say some chips on my shoulder, when I started lifting for the first time at age 61. Then I thought, “I’ll take up Starting Strength training, but it better not interfere with my sports!”

Now I know that it’s the weight training itself which is allowing me to continue with my Sports.

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by Darin Deaton, DPT, SSC | August 18, 2016

Despite a background in strength coaching and training as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I was challenged by the pragmatic method of teaching the barbell lifts used by Starting Strength. I immediately saw the potential of the basic barbell lifts for treating patients. Reading The Squat, or How I Learned to Stop Leg-Pressing and Use My Ass changed my conceptual view of the squat and eventually the deadlift...

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