Starting Strength Weekly Report

August 09, 2021

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On Starting Strength
  • Starting Strength Misconceptions – Rip corrects your thinking on common misconceptions about Starting Strength and the reasons behind why we do each lift.
  • Starting Strength Cincinnati Location Announcement – Luke Schroeder and Adam Martin announce Starting Strength Cincinnati's location and describe the gym's layout.
  • Useful Firearms Accessories – Nick Delgadillo and Rusty Holcomb discuss their preferred gun accessories.
  • IJGTWOT by stef bradford – A statement often thrown around at the gym or in online discussions of training is "I'm just going to work on technique." It's one of two or three of those Things People Say...
  • Weekend Archives: Wrist Wraps - How and Why – Phil Meggers explains how and why to use wrist wraps for barbell training.
  • Weekend Archives: The Press – It’s hard to judge just how much we lost when the press went out of fashion. The very important basic exercise you may know as the “shoulder press” or the “overhead press” or the “standing press”...

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david locking out a 365 lb pull at starting strength dallas
David locking out 365 at Starting Strength Dallas. [photo courtesy of Brent Carter]
matt pulls 405 for 5 for the first time at starting strength boston
Matt pulls 405x5 for the first time at Starting Strength Boston. [photo courtesy of Nicole Rutherford]
denise prs her deadlift at 225 lb at starting strength denver
Denise deadlifting 225 for the first time at Starting Strength Denver. [photo courtesy of Jay Livsey]
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Austin Khamiss coaching Matt Wolf through his work set at Starting Strength Austin. [photo courtesy of Aaron Frederick]
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Future SSC Justin Fox (age 5) perfecting the "coach’s lean" at Starting Strength Boise. [photo courtesy of Rachel Fox]
clay making his deadlift face at starting strength plano
Clay showing us his serious deadlift face at Starting Strength Plano. [photo courtesy of Christian Fox]
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Starting Strength OKC crew posing during mid day training. Greg Herman, Chase Lindley, Colby Iliff, and Dalton Rankin. [photo courtesy of Phoebe Hightower]

Best of the Week

PSYOPS: If They Can Make You Believe a Big Strong Man Belongs in the Women’s Division


You have to feel for the woman who missed out on her chance at competing in the Olympics because of this.

In years to come when some sanity has been restored in the world this will be seen for the terrible injustice it really is.

J.D. Shipley

So hard to fathom how this is considered ok. It just doesn't make sense.

Mark Rippetoe

This moment in the history of the world makes no sense. Nonetheless, here we are.


It's got to add even more insult to injury seeing Hubbard taking the opportunity and bombing out.

Mark Rippetoe

Stupid fucker opened too heavy.


I don't know enough about snatching to judge but do you think he failed on purpose, to show that men are no threat? Do those failures look organic? How often does someone fail all three first attempts?


I was thinking about that the other day, winning was never an option. Not until female sports have been thoroughly invaded by men.

Mark Rippetoe

If you don't know how to pull the bar off the floor, it happens all the time. He doesn't know how to pull.


I doubt anyone would be crazy enough to get to the Olympics and sabotage their own performance just to open up opportunities for others to slip in and win.

Mark Rippetoe

He's crazy, obviously, but not that way. He opened too heavy. His coach fucked up.

Best of the Forum



Do you hire apprentices from outside of the US? If not, could it be a possibility in the near future? I'm an Italian student, 24 years old, currently doing the program and I don't think there would be a better place on Earth to do an apprenticeship. Thank you for your time and for what you do.

Mark Rippetoe

Are you asking about SS Gyms in general, or WFAC?


I didn't know there was a difference, sorry. I'm talking about the SS gyms because I read on the website that many are looking for level 0 coaches too. Anywhere one can learn to do and coach the method by other SS coaches, really.

Ray Gillenwater

Francesco- Apprenticeship at the gyms is open to anyone that’s legally allowed to work in the US and that qualifies for the role.

The gym owners are looking for passion and potential when selecting apprentices and nothing says commitment more than moving across the world for an entry-level position.

If this is your dream, you’re ready to pursue it, and you’re willing to put in the work to figure out the visa situation. Send me an email with details about yourself and your goals. I’ll forward it to the gym owners. I’m at: info [at]

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