Training Log | fundamentals

Starting Strength in the Real World


by Niki Sims, SSC | January 12, 2017

Starting Strength Coaches Niki Sims and Michael Wolf demonstrate a couple of quick safety tips for the bench press - unracking the bar with straight arms and how to use safety pins for a failed rep.

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by Mia Inman, PhD, SSC | January 05, 2017

In the 1980s, the New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) began a campaign to prevent lower back injuries in the general population. A central tenet of the ACC campaign was the phrase “Don’t Use Your Back like a Crane”. While this phrase is not as well known among younger people [1], those of us who are older had it drilled into us via TV, print media, at school and at home. This phrase is still used around the world today, and the underlying principle is still being followed, although alternative phrases such as “Lift with your legs” or “Bend at the knees” may also be employed.

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