Articles | programming

Mark Rippetoe | August 30, 2023

I have noticed an increasingly common problem in barbell gyms, that I attribute primarily to laziness. Yes, the rack pull exercise is easier to do than the full pull off the floor. Yes, it's easier to get into a good lumbar extension...

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Mark Rippetoe | August 23, 2023

Modern Man is the direct descendant of animals that lived on the African savanna millions of years ago. Yes, animals, since they weren't yet people, with cell phones and imaginations and heroes and appetites for expensive whiskey. Their concerns were much more basic, and almost entirely concerned with survival – waking up the next day, finding something to eat occasionally, and not being eaten yourself. Being hungry and injured was part of this pre-people existence, and you had to deal with it as best you could.

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Jim Steel | July 26, 2023

I decided that it was time to really push the squat poundage and see where I could end up. I had always run a lot, both for football and for fun. I wanted to find out how strong I could get by just lifting and eating and not tapping into my recovery with all the running.

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Mark Rippetoe | July 12, 2023

A long time ago, the light was turned on for me: there is a difference between “Science” and “Professional Research.” I wrote a paper about the concepts that formed the basis for Practical Programming for Strength Training – the idea that programming complexity must increase as the level of training advancement progresses

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Denis Finnegan EdD | June 28, 2023

I have been a health enthusiast for decades and recently started barbell training. I also have recently experienced some musculoskeletal issues that required medical attention. My doctor’s first response was, “Stop training with barbells.” I did not care for this response, and will explain more on this later. However, this experience did raise the question about barbell training and the safety for seniors. I did some research and will summarize what I have learned.

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