Bill Starr | June 30, 2010

"Strong traps have a direct bearing on nearly every exercise in strength training. Obviously, they help all pulling movements, but they play a major role in squatting as well. Without a strong upper body, the athlete is not able to hold the proper positioning during a heavy squat. And while few think in terms of upper back strength in connection with pressing movements, a strong upper back benefits bench presses, inclines, and particularly overhead presses."

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Mark Rippetoe | June 16, 2010

"Any degree program that claims to prepare the student for more than just a graduate program in the same discipline must be commercially relevant, and this is defined by the terminal application of the material. So it is hardly surprising that machine-based isolation exercise is what you learn in school, what you’re tested on in school, what you are certified in by the NSCA/ACSM/AFAA/IDEA/ACE/ETC., and therefore what you think you know to be correct."

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MAJ Ryan Long | June 11, 2010

"Is a 111 pound soldier really an effective member of an infantry squad?  Can that soldier carry the average soldier when wounded on the battlefield?...My strong-but-fat Soldiers were great contributors in combat, and often they were the best performers both mounted and dismounted.  They were more durable and more versatile.  Our problems were with the skinny-fats and the sparrows; they couldn’t keep up on dismounted patrols under load, couldn’t kick in a door, couldn’t evacuate anybody over 140 lbs, and couldn’t intimidate an insurgent."

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Bill Starr | May 26, 2010

"[S]ince the overhead press fell from grace, I’ve never seen anyone press 75 pounds over bodyweight, or very few, for that matter, who could even handle bodyweight. Yet I know it can be done because I saw it done countless times and did it myself. It’s simply of matter of putting in the necessary work in the weight room."

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