Articles | coaching


CJ Gotcher, SSC | January 03, 2018

When most people talk about Starting Strength, I feel like Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride. “You keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Starting Strength is not the low bar back squat or the “high-hips” clean. Starting Strength is not the novice linear progression spreadsheet you found on the internet. Starting Strength is not the “chest down” cue or the coach’s lean.

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Mark Rippetoe | October 06, 2017

When you walk into a gym, how do you know if the guy with “Trainer” or “Coach” on his shirt actually knows what he’s doing? As a member of the lay public, it may never even have occurred to you that there are differences in the level of experience and expertise among the people in these shirts.

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Mark Rippetoe | August 02, 2017

What is the difference between me and the kid at Gold’s with a BA in some version of Physical Education and a piece of paper from the National Strength and Conditioning Association? Besides the 40 years experience, the books, the journal publications, the number of athletes and clients we’ve trained, the seminars I’ve conducted, and the organization of coaching professionals my company has educated, developed, and maintained? In the event the State of Texas passes a law requiring that exercise prescription be administered by a “Licensed Professional,” he can be licensed and I cannot.

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Bill Been | July 26, 2017

As you travel around the online fitness world, or even if you collect more serious discussions in actual published books, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that there's a very strong tendency to complicate things. Numbers of exercises, set and rep schemes, Rate of Perceived Exertion, periodization schemes, therapy babble, "performance gyms" (so Elite!) muddled definitions, the list goes on. It doesn't require a habitually cynical nature to suspect there's a good bit of Bovine Feces being shoveled here.

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Mark Rippetoe | June 14, 2017

What difference does a 2-inch stance width adjustment make in the execution of a squat? What happens if the 2-inch adjustment is made at the heels or the toes? Does an effect on the foot angle alter the movement mechanics above the feet? How? 

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