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Mark Rippetoe | August 10, 2018

So you've finally decided to Be Somebody and start a strength training program. Not a machine-based health spa/corporate gym exercise plan with leg extensions, treadmills, and three-pound dumbbells, but real strength training involving barbells, basic full range of motion movements, and regular incremental increases in load that drive an actual increase in strength.

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Mark Rippetoe | July 11, 2018

The phenomenology related to a theory is an important step in the analysis of that theory. Another way to think about the phenomenology is as the accumulated empirical evidence of what has actually occurred.

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Michael Wolf, SSC | April 18, 2018

Using The Four Criteria as a logical starting point with solid presumptive status, while paying close attention to both how post-Novice lifters in general respond to training as well as how any one specific post-Novice lifter responds to training, gives us with a very useful framework and set of tools to program effectively for continued increases in strength, demonstrated by PRs, over the long lifetime of a lifter.

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Mark Rippetoe | March 21, 2018

It is an absolute certainty that technical execution in both training and performance will change slowly over time, slowly enough that the athlete’s perception of his own technique remains unchanged during the process.

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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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