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Starting Strength in the Real World

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 Bill Hannon, SSC | March 16, 2017

If the lifter allows the upper back to flex, the bar position, the effective back segment length, and the moment arm between the bar and hips all essentially become variable, and the biomechanical equation of squatting becomes vastly harder to solve. A flexed upper back represents a loss of control over the interface with one of the two external inputs to the lifter, and this will have a huge impact on the quality and efficiency your squat. 

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by Chris Kurisko, SSC | March 09, 2017

About a year ago, three new kids joined my gym from a local high school. None of them were big or exceptionally gifted athletically, but each of them worked hard when they came in and did the program. Their school had a contract with the local university’s “Performance” training center, and it was expected that all student athletes follow their program. The only problem was the program was filled with all the same silly methods that compose most of modern S&C: the 30-minute dynamic warm up, high rep/low intensity circuit training, rubber bands, and partner-assisted box jumps. Luckily, the new kids’ parents understood the value of strength. 

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by Niki Sims, SSC | March 02, 2017

The chin-up is one of the first accessory movements implemented into The Program. This is tricky for some as not everyone starts off with the ability to perform a single rep, “fahve” (5) reps being out of the question. So how do we progress the chin-up starting from zero?

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