Articles | the gym


Mark Rippetoe | May 17, 2022

Getting strong is hard work. It's years in the gym under the bar, moving weights you're challenged by and are sometimes afraid of, but you do it anyway because the goal is worth it. Don't make it harder than it has to be with poorly reasoned assumptions about what is either necessary or permissible.

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Carl Raghavan, SSC | February 09, 2022

The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that they are the enemy of consistency. They’re not really about self-improvement. They’re just a marketing scam. The reality is, it doesn’t really matter[.]

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Jon Fraser | January 05, 2022

I’m Jon Fraser, the owner of Starting Strength Chicago. I’ve been working in the financial industry for the last nine years, but I’ve always wanted to start my own business. Over the last three years or so, I’ve been looking at several different options for a business, investment, or other passive income opportunity. I performed a detailed assessment of the options available to me, including purchasing a franchise, and decided to share this assessment with the Starting Strength community, especially those of you that are considering owning a Starting Strength Gym.

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Ray Gillenwater, SSC | December 15, 2021

We began 2021 with four open gyms and by the end of the year, we will have opened our 13th. In January 2022, we’ll open two more: Starting Strength Memphis and Starting Strength Katy (TX), bringing our total to 15 open gyms. With the signing of Starting Strength Tulsa, we now have 27 franchises across 14 states in various stages of development.  

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Hannah Pralle | November 02, 2021

When I was a little girl, my dad was gone for work, for weeks at a time, on the oil rigs. Saying goodbye was a big deal, because I didn’t get to do it every day, and so it had to last a long time. This feeling was compounded by my dad making certain to emphasize, to my brother and me, that any of us could die, at any moment, with zero warning. My mother would sagely nod in agreement, untroubled.   

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