Articles | military

Inna Koppel, SSC and Jacob Pearce, SSC | March 22, 2023

"The military is really high and really low," recounted Starting Strength Coach Jacob Pearce, formerly an infantryman in the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division. "You don't get this nine-to-five job where everything is the same every day, right down the middle. You get these great best days of your life, followed by the worst days of your life."  

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Gregory Hess | March 23, 2022

On a rather regular basis I find myself reflecting on the military and collegiate fitness venues that surround me, what I hear from my professional peers, and what I have learned from both personal experience under the barbell and from the Aasgaard Company. All too often a scene from The Princess Bride comes to mind, with the quotation: “You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means."

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Gregory Hess | February 02, 2022

Acknowledging strength as the most important physiological adaptation for human existence and performance is an initial step towards a service member’s physical readiness improvement [1]. This, however, generates the obvious question of “How does one train for strength?” As is usually the case with seemingly complex and fashionable topics, the simplest approach is the best.  

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Gregory Hess | January 25, 2022

During the last twelve years, I have had the privilege to serve as a physical educator at one of the United States’ direct military officer commissioning sources. My observations within the academy as an educator and athletic trainer, in combination with my increasing knowledge and application of Starting Strength methods, have prompted a reflection on the status of our military’s physical educational and fitness doctrine.

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