Starting Strength Weekly Report

August 23, 2021

Wolfman Edition

On Starting Strength
  • Rip's Favorite Lifts, the NFL Combine, and Things You Should Have In Your Kitchen – Rip answers questions from Starting Strength Network subscribers and fans.
  • Thinking During a Heavy Deadlift? – Starting Strength Coach Paul Horn shares a tip on how to set your mind before you set your back before a heavy deadlift.
  • Learning to Snatch – Starting Strength Coaches Josh Wells and Chase Lindley show you how to start doing the snatch after you've learned how to power snatch.
  • The Squat: Your Priorities Under the Bar by Nick Delgadillo – Even though the barbell lifts are simple, their proper execution isn’t easy, especially when they’re part of a strength program that requires consistent incremental loading over time. People tend to overcomplicate everything...
  • Weekend Archives: Real Life by Jim Steel – I have had a couple of real-life examples lately of just why it’s so important that I continue to lift weights into my 50s...
  • Weekend Archives: Protein by Mark Rippetoe – The New York Times has a vested interest in maintaining the narrative – not just in politics and popular culture, but in the current medical dogma as well...

From the Coaches
  • Andy Baker joins the Silver Edge podcast to discuss how to get strong at any age.
  • Snatch, power snatch, hang snatch, hang power snatch . . . what are the differences between these lifts? Phil and Becky Meggers discuss and demonstrate these lifts and give an easy method to remember the differences.
  • Have you seen that guy at the gym who gets the deadlift dry-heaves? You know the guy - the one who sets his back two, three, or four times before pulling the bar off the floor? If this guy happens to be you, let’s fix this. Phil Meggers explains how.
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Rachael Wong pulls 225x5 at Starting Strength Houston. [photo courtesy of Nick Bousley]
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New deadlift tank top available on the Starting Strength Gyms store! Get yours here. [photo courtesy of Nick Delgadillo]
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Tandem intro sessions on the platform coached by Brent Carter and Maxine Lisot. Welcome to the Plano gym! [photo courtesy of Christian Fox]
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Gretchen coaches Eric during his bench press at Starting Strength Boise. [photo courtesy of Rachel Fox]
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Seth locking out his last rep on deadlifts at the Starting Strength Seminar last weekend at WFAC. [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
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Austin knocking out a beautiful set of five on the press at the seminar last Sunday. [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
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Steph at the bottom of a squat at the August seminar. [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
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Garm napping on the platform between lifts. [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
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Jonathan demonstrates impeccable standing bench press technique at Starting Strength Dallas. [photo courtesy of David Hernandez]
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JJ sets a new PR squatting 380 lbs x 5 at Starting Strength Boston. [photo courtesy of Jason Varnum]
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Trent Jones coaches the deadlift at this past weekend's Starting Strength Training Camp in Fort Worth. [photo courtesy of Fort Worth Strength & Conditioning]
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Make sure your loved ones are well protected when you hit the road. [photo courtesy of Matt Hebert]

Best of the Week

SVJ and Strength Potential


I am wondering about the relationship between genetic neuromuscular efficiency and the potential for getting strong. In other words, do naturally explosive people also have a greater potential for strength than their less explosive peers, all other things being equal?

Love the books, the program, and the podcast. Keep up the good work.

Mark Rippetoe

Absolutely they do. You'd enjoy the seminar.

Best of the Forum

What Happened to Remington?

Dalton Rankin

Remington Outdoor, bankrupt gunmaker, to be sold in pieces to seven buyers

I took notice of this today after going to Remington's website, and it breaks my heart. The first gun that I ever shot with my dad was a model 870 when I was hardly 10 years old; we have several 870s in the safe and even more that we carry in our pickups on a daily basis. I grew up with these guns, and I am sure that a lot of you out there have too. How could this happen?

Mark Rippetoe

What's the story?


Like many great brands that have been destroyed I suspect the private equity men loaded it with debts it couldn't service.

Dalton Rankin

The headquarters and base of operations in Ilion, New York, terminated 585 jobs this past weekend effective immediately. Remington was founded there and had been in operation for over 200 years.


If I remember correctly, the state was allowing lawsuits stemming from mass shootings that used remington-made guns to proceed, which probably paid a big part in bankrupting the company.

Dalton Rankin

You are absolutely right. Remington took a huge bullet in a lawsuit that dealt with the Sandy Hook shooting, and I imagine that it became quite expensive. Of course the gun walked into the school and shot those people by itself.


Yep, this and the cost of stopping and starting production made it difficult to service the huge debts the private equity guys loaded on a few years ago as far as I can see.

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