Articles | the gym


Michael Wolf, SSC | March 28, 2018

The free market directly facilitated the shockingly massive increase in the number of people squatting, pressing, deadlifting, cleaning, and snatching today.

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Mark Rippetoe | January 27, 2017

A serviceable home gym for barbell training need not be a gigantic investment, and in fact should be very simple. A bar, some plates, a rack of some type to facilitate the squat and the pressing exercises, a simple flat bench for the bench press, and a platform for deadlifts is all that is absolutely required. For power cleans and snatches, a few bumper plates are quite useful but not absolutely necessary. 

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Mark Rippetoe | January 06, 2017

During my time as a gym owner I have made several mistakes, none of which had anything to do with my decision to teach everybody how to use barbells safely, efficiently, and productively. Rather, my biggest regret was not doing so, once, when I should have.

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Niki Sims, SSC | May 25, 2016

In barbell training there are certain tangibles that are essential to the pursuit of becoming stronger. These include a barbell, squat rack, bench, weights, chalk, and a solid, flat floor. Beyond that, we delve into a world of accessories and props, some of which are totally necessary to assist in your pursuit, and others which can be quite frivolous, especially for a novice. The intent of this essay is to help you prioritize...

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