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Starting Strength in the Real World


by John F Musser, SSC | August 10, 2017

The October 2012 inaugural Starting Strength Coaches Association (SSCA) Conference was held at the Wichita Falls Athletic Club, and it was a great success. As Rip mentioned on the forums at the time, “If you missed it, there is a hole in your experience.” Attendance and quality has increased every year. I just returned from the Sixth Annual SSCA Conference, and for those interested in the benefits of being strong and contributing to our efforts, there is much to be excited about.

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by Karl Schudt, SSC | July 27, 2017

So you’ve decided that you want to get stronger. Good for you! It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. You’ve decided to use barbells. Well done! Barbells are the best way to get stronger, much better than machines, kettlebells, or bodyweight exercises. You eagerly head to the Internet, the repository of all knowledge, to figure out how to proceed. Confusion sets in. How many sets and reps should you do? What program should you follow? There are lots of Internet experts with different opinions.

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by Nick Delgadillo, SSC | July 20, 2017

The question of which grip to use and when for the deadlift is a common one, and there’s quite a bit of misunderstanding about what it is we’re trying to accomplish with the grip in relation to the deadlift. I often have clients tell me that they don’t want to use a hook or mixed grip “until they really have to,” while in the same breath asking why their deadlift is slowing down so soon in the process of getting strong. 

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