Articles | science & medicine


Mark Rippetoe | August 07, 2019

The production of force against an external resistance is the way all living creatures interact with their physical environment. Even plants do this, albeit very slowly. This ability has been in development for at least 3 billion years, and it's time to embrace it as a unifying characteristic of life. Even the tiniest scrap of your successful physical existence (your tenure in Hospice does not constitute any aspect of this) is predicated upon your ability to move, and this ability is predicated on the production of force by your muscles.

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Mia Inman, PhD, SSC | July 31, 2019

While the alternate grip improves the lifter’s ability to hold onto the bar and complete the lift, there are disadvantages to this technique. One disadvantage is the asymmetry that is introduced at the shoulders...[and] there is a tendency of the supine hand to drift away from the legs and forward of the mid-foot in an alternate grip deadlift...[T]his article will examine possible explanations for why it occurs and cues that might be useful for countering this tendency.

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Robert Santana, MS, RD, SSC | March 27, 2019

Most, if not all, strength trainees have been told at some point in their lifting careers that they need to consume protein to get stronger and build muscle mass. In any discussion of nutritional needs for strength training, protein is almost certain to be the first topic. However, much of the information has been misunderstood, and this paper is intended to serve as a resource for understanding the function of protein with regards to training and overall health.

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Max Blochowiak | March 20, 2019

[I]f two people have the same musculoskeletal abnormality and the same healing intervention is applied to both but one’s pain goes away and the other’s does not, what is the purpose of that leftover pain? What is its purpose if it is not actually protecting us from danger? Why is it so unreliable? What do we make of pain in a phantom limb, one that has been amputated or lost catastrophically?

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John Petrizzo, DPT, SSC | January 30, 2019

The stated purpose of the SSTR was to investigate the effects of a free weight resistance training program on healthy participants between the ages of 18 and 80 by creating an anonymous registry of individuals who were voluntarily partaking in a formalized version of the “Starting Strength Novice Linear Progression” (SSNLP).

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