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Mark Rippetoe | November 03, 2017

Barbell training is simple, logical, effective, inexpensive, and most importantly, proven. It has worked in its current form for decades for millions of people, and it has formed the successful strength training foundation for athletes since the early 20th century. So why is it that modern gyms are loaded with machines rather than just barbells and weights?

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Nick Klemetson, SSC | September 20, 2017

"Obese trainees have more than likely already been living a sedentary lifestyle, resulting in a low base of strength to begin with. On the positive side, beginning at such a low baseline allows for quick increases in strength from the very beginning. If they are not able to initially perform full barbell exercises, many available options will allow them to begin building the strength they need"

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Mark Rippetoe | July 14, 2017

Barbell training is the best way to train for strength. Bar none. Nothing else even comes close to the effectiveness of barbell squats, presses, deadlifts, and the Olympic lifts for the development of strength, power, and muscular size...You should be using them.

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Mark Rippetoe | June 09, 2017

The correctly-performed Press (incorrectly-performed exercises do not count) is not merely perfectly safe for the shoulders. More importantly, the Press is the best exercise for keeping shoulders strong and injury-free. Here’s why. 

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Mark Rippetoe | June 02, 2017

The idea that below-parallel squats are bad for the knees is complete nonsense which, for some reason that escapes me, will not go away. This mythology is mindlessly repeated by orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, registered nurses, personal trainers, dieticians, sportscasters, librarians, lunch-room monitors, and many other people in positions of authority with no actual knowledge of the topic, and therefore no basis in fact for their opinion.

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