Articles | science & medicine


Jonathon Sullivan MD, PhD, SSC | January 19, 2012

"This will be the first in an annual series surveying the scientific literature on strength training. Hopefully, it won’t also be the last, but that’s really up to you. It’s an experiment. I’m going to present a selection of papers published over the last year relating to That Thing We Do. While they’ll all have relevance, they won’t all have quality. The goal is to highlight some papers that may fruitfully change our practice, while exposing some papers which are just baloney, but which may be waved in your general direction as an excuse for doing something stupid."

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Jonathon Sullivan MD, PhD, SSC | September 03, 2011

"[A]t present there is absolutely no solid evidence that strength training—or any other exercise or dietary program—will substantially prolong our life spans. But the preponderance of the scientific evidence, flawed as it is, strongly indicates that we can change the trajectory of decline. We can recover functional years that would otherwise have been lost."

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Steve Hill, SSC and Mark Rippetoe | February 15, 2011

"...as the weight gets heavier, it becomes a larger percentage of the total mass of the lifter-barbell system. As it does, it becomes more critical for the weight to be over the mid-foot as closely as possible, because otherwise you will have to do one of two things: 1) you will have to counterbalance the weight by extending part of your body away from the mid-foot in the opposite direction, or 2) you will have to input a horizontal force on the bar to move the weight back to the balance point, which is hard to do well, and which we will discuss extensively..."

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Jim Steel | October 21, 2010

"Dr. William Meller is the author of Evolution Rx: A Practical Guide to Harnessing Our Innate Capacity for Health and Healing. I found his book in a blurb in Powerlifting USA titled “Don’t Stretch”, and of course that piqued my interest...I tried to ask the good doctor questions that would relate specifically to the Starting Strength readers, but there is so much more to learn from this man – I really just scraped the surface. Some things will be controversial, but it’s all interesting."

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Mark Rippetoe and stef bradford, PhD, SSC | January 09, 2010

"...active hip is best understood as the use of an actively locked lumbar extension and actively shoved-out knees, which results in a below-parallel squat that incorporates a stretch reflex using all the muscles of the posterior chain in the most optimal way possible. The active hip gets the thighs out of the way of the pelvis so good depth can be more easily obtained. At the same time it makes the squat stronger because of the now-active use of the external rotators holding the femurs out so that both external rotators and adductors can contribute to hip extension. This produces a more effective use of more muscles over a wider range of motion."

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