Articles | coaching


Jim Steel | April 01, 2020

"You know what is the best part about training these kids? Seeing progress. When coaching college kids, progress can be measured by a twenty-pound gain in the bench press and more weight on the bar in general. With these kids, progress can be measured in different ways[.]"

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Ray Gillenwater, SSC | March 25, 2020

"Every franchise owner that’s opened a Starting Strength Gym has already started looking for their second location or is planning to do so shortly. Every franchise owner that has yet to open their first gym has hired an SSC or is in the process of hiring one...and the number of Starting Strength Gyms is growing quickly, which means the demand for SSCs is growing too.

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Amanda Sheppard | February 12, 2020

At this point in my career, I am Amanda Sheppard M.S. Ed., SCCC CSCS CPR/AED/First Aid certified. There are people out there who will pay for any certification that exists just to add more letters after their name, but in reality they are artificially filling their tool box and never becoming great at any one thing. We all know Rip’s opinion on the state of collegiate Exercise Science degrees and their effectiveness, but I think it might be appropriate to share my first-hand experience as to why he has a point.

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Andrew Lewis | January 29, 2020

Most flat benches sold are between 16 and 20 inches tall. A short-legged person may find that they are not able to effectively plant their feet during the bench press and create a tight arch in the upper back –  both of which are desirable. The anterior pelvic tilt created by their short legs might also cause lumbar overextension, and consequently low-back pain.

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