Starting Strength Weekly Report

April 11, 2022

Shuffle & Jive Edition

On Starting Strength
  • The Two-Factor Model – Rip discusses the The Two-Factor Model of Sports Performance, a very important article about improving performance through training and practice.
  • Owner of Two Gyms, JD Shipley – Owner of Starting Strength Houston and Starting Strength Katy, JD Shipley, talks to SS Gyms Co-Founder Ray Gillenwater about why he decided to open two gyms, his progression as a coach, and using the barbell to stave off death.
  • Going Beyond Techniques with Craig Douglas of Shivworks – Craig Douglas, owner of Shivworks, and Nick Delgadillo discuss teaching and coaching in the context of Craig's experience teaching extreme close quarters self defense to people of all walks of life.
  • Useful Assistance Exercises: The Forgotten Chapter by Scott Acosta – Starting Strength is often accused of lacking variety. This is an inaccurate surface level assessment that has bothered me for some time – it needs to be corrected...
  • Conditioning for Novices by Mark Rippetoe – You guys need to get a big misconception out of your heads: you cannot run your belly off. The media has proven to you...
  • Weekend Archives: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Strength by Adam Lauritzen – Fundamentals are the basics, the things that we learn in the beginning of training and which apply at all levels for an entire career...
  • Weekend Archives: Deep Squats by Mark Rippetoe – One of the best ways to waste your most important training opportunity – the one you have when you’re just starting out, and the one you don’t ever have again – is to make yourself believe that it isn’t going to be hard...

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andy locks out a deadlift at
Andy locks out his last deadlift rep at this past weekend's Squat and Deadlift camp at Starting Strength Cincinnati with some motivation provided by coach Adam Martin. [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]
mia inman coaches lina through her last set of squats
Mia Inman watches intently as Lina gets ready to complete her last set of squats at this past weekend's sold out Squat and Deadlift camp held at Starting Strength Cincinnati. [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]
felipe deadlifts 315 at starting strength houston
Felipe Cruz pulls 315 at Starting Strength Houston. [photo courtesy of Matthew Gemmill]
emily with a victory dance after squatting 255 for a triple
Emily doing a victory dance at Starting Strength Boston after squatting 255# for a triple. [photo courtesy of Michael Shammas]
alex ptacek squatting at a starting strength seminar
Congratulations to Alex Ptacek for passing the Starting Strength Seminar platform evaluation! [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
dena laughing as she learns to use her hips in the press
Dena laughing her way through learning the "hip bounce" in the Press under the watchful eye of Boise head coach John Dowdy. [photo courtesy of Rachel Fox]
josh bollinger sporting an always hard shirt
Josh "Always Hard" Bollinger enjoying his new shirt at Blackmetal Strength Training. [photo courtesy of Adam Oliver]
nathan coaching glenn through his deadlift set
Strength is persistent. Nathan Cooper coaching Glenn, who is returning from a 3-month layoff. Glenn's DL in his first week back after 3 months of not training was 80% of his peak. [photo courtesy of Jacob Thias]
asia locks out her final rep of 75 for five in the press
Asia locks out the final rep of 75x5 at Starting Strength Orlando. She continues to march through her linear progression at eight weeks with no signs of slowing down. [photo courtesy of Pete Troupos]
brent carter reviewing programming for travis
Brent Carter consulting Travis on his programming at Starting Strength Dallas. [photo courtesy of Nathan Cooper]
jordan shows sebastian how to use wrist wraps
Jordan showing Sebastian how to use wrist wraps at Starting Strength San Antonio. [photo courtesy of Matt Hebert]
cadet working to increase rom after acl surgery by using the squat
A female cadet practices getting to squat depth 6 months post-ACL surgery in the West Point Strength Development course. [photo courtesy of Gregory Hess]
paul thaden deadlifting at starting strength cincinnati in his favorite shirt
Paul Thaden models his new favorite shirt while deadlifting at Starting Strength Cincinnati. [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]
phoebe hightower josh wells alexanne albert group photo
Phoebe Hightower from SS OKC visits SS Katy. Head coach Josh Wells (center) and Alexanne Albert (right) join her in the shot. [photo courtesy of Cody Smith]

Meet Results

At the Testify Strengthlifting Challenge, for the women, the Best Lifter Award (Morgard the Manatee) went to Jamie Morrissey, and for the men, the Best Lifter Award went to Benjamin Prewitt. In the master's division, the Best Lifter Award for the women went to Sharon Foster, and the Best Lifter Award for the men went to Aaron Kemp. Full meet results

sharon foster squats 96 kg for her third attempt
Sharon Foster squats 96 kg for her third attempt at the Testify Strengthlifting Challenge. With this lift, Sharon finished her meet with PRs in the squat, deadlift, and total, and she also took first place in the women's masters division. [photo courtesy of Becky Meggers]
jason clark in the middle of a PR 87 kg press
Jason Clark nails his second press PR of the meet with this 87 kg third attempt at the Testify Strengthlifting Challenge. Jason set multiple PRs in both the squat and the press, and he also set a total PR. [photo courtesy of Becky Meggers]
jamie morrissey deadlifts 152 kg at the testify strengthlifting challenge
Jamie Morrissey goes 9-for-9 at the Testify Strengthlifting Challenge this weekend as she wraps up her meet with this 152 kg deadlift. Jamie set PRs in the squat, deadlift, and total, and with this lift, she sealed her victory as the Best Female Lifter of the meet. [photo courtesy of Becky Meggers]

Best of the Week

Army returns to gender and age based PT testing

Gerald Boggs

Looks like the US Army is back to admitting female soldiers are weaker and have less endurance than male soldiers, but in spite of that, will still be able to serve in occupations that require a high level of S&E. Which means that it stays the same as it ever was, with leaders having to ensure that female soldiers are always paired with male soldiers for any task that requires S&E.

Army Combat Fitness Test launches April 1 with scoring based on a soldier’s age, gender

Mark Rippetoe

Nothing in this article will make the Russians nervous.

David A. Rowe

How to admit you've made a terrible policy mistake without mitigating risk. And they've been allowing age waivers for special operations for a while because the younger generation wasn't even filling combat arms billets.

Mark Rippetoe

This is what happens when you allow a government to run your military services. We should be using mercenaries.

Best of the Forum

Another question about femural LLD


I posted here a couple months ago because I had some misunderstandings about the protocol for femoral LLD. I have a difference that's a mix of both femoral and tibial, so I shim and take a staggered stance. However, I'm not certain about what exactly to do when deadlifting. With a staggered stance, when you bring your shins to the bar (step 3), obviously one shin (the longer leg) will touch the bar before the other, and the other (the shorter leg) will remain away from the bar the distance which is dictated by the staggered stance. Am I supposed to pull from such a position (so, the shin of the longer leg touching the bar while the shin of the shorter leg staying behind a bit), or am I supposed to actually bring the shin of the shorter leg to the bar too, so both shins are touching the bar when the pull starts? I tried the first option and the bar simply rotated backwards when the pull starts in order to touch the shin which was staying back.

Mark Ripptoe

Which works best for you?


So far I've only tried actually lifting with the first option. When I bring the shin that's away from the bar towards the bar, naturally the hip on that side significantly drops and I'm worried that this is screwing up the lateral symmetry of the hips we're trying to achieve.

Mark Ripptoe

Remember that the ROM of the hips during a pull is much shorter than that of a squat, so the symmetry at lockout is your biggest concern.

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