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Starting Strength in the Real World


by Emily Socolinsky, SSC | April 06, 2017

After nearly three years of work, adjustments, set backs but most of all, persistence, Jan rarely walks into a session or departs a session with any hip or back pain. There is the occasional discomfort, but she no longer plagued by constant pain as she was three years ago.

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by Gwyn Brookes, SSC | March 23, 2017

I believe that novice lifters should compete. A competition is a test of performance, and training specifically for a meet requires a lifter to develop a more focused relationship to her training, which can become a very beneficial basis for making the long term commitment to training that every strength athlete needs.

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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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