Starting Strength Weekly Report

December 20, 2021

Leonard Edition

On Starting Strength
  • Arm Wrestling, Vietnam, and the Trumpet – Rip answers questions from Starting Strength Network subscribers and fans.
  • – Nick D discusses conditioning in the context of the Two Factor Model of Sports Performance, and how to program conditioning.
  • Gaining Strength and Lean Body Mass at Starting Strength Boston – Starting Strength Boston member Josh Dickson talks about his journey from caloric restriction diets and cardio to strength training as the path to better health, confidence, and self-esteem.
  • Starting Strength Gyms – The Plan for 2022 by Ray Gillenwater – We began 2021 with four open gyms and by the end of the year, we will have opened our 13th. In January 2022, we’ll open two more...
  • A Weightlifting Meet: What I’ve Learned by Carl Raghavan – I recently did my second Olympic weightlifting meet, on October 2, 2021. The first was 6 years ago. I’m not new to meets, as many of you know, but...
  • Weekend Archives: What is a "Coach"? by Dan Flanick and Mark Rippetoe – Today, everyone wants to call themselves a coach. This is both good and bad. The good lies in the fact that if there are more coaches, the sheer numbers indicate that more good coaches will work hard at their craft...
  • Weekend Archives: Understanding the Master Cue by Mark Rippetoe – On page 58 of the Blue Book, I make an argument for the use of the mid-foot position as a cue for the correction of form problems. While this approach is useful with heavy weights, it can be misused...

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Starting Strength Houston apprentices John Chung & Nick Bousley practice coaching and performing the power clean. [photo courtesy of Josh Wells]
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Katelyn benching in her new Starting Strength San Antonio shirt. [photo courtesy of Victoria Diaz]
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Congrats Christian Fox on passing the Starting Strength Seminar Platform Evaluation! [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
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Danny pressing 137.5x3x5 for a PR. [photo courtesy of Jen Pfhol]
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Congrats to Andy who pulled a lifetime work set PR on his deadlift 305x5. [photo courtesy of Rachel Fox]
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Aaron Frederick teaches Lucas Schlager the power clean. [photo courtesy of Aaron Frederick]
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Austin coaching Roman Stolyarov through some deadlifts at Starting Strength Boston. [photo courtesy of Michael Shammas]
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Starting Strength Cincinnati member Krista (middle) is bringing her sister Sarah (left) and mother Melanie (right) with her to train while they're visiting from California for the holidays. Sarah and Melanie both train at The Strength Co. back home. They're pictured here with owner Luke Schroeder after the customary t-shirt exchange. [photo courtesy of Tony Maldonado]
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Green shirt day at Starting Strength Dallas (Ravi, Dr. Mike Neeley, and Brent Carter). [photo courtesy of Jayne Peyton]

Best of the Week

It’s finally going to happen coach, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing is it

Mark Rippetoe

Told ya!!


They’re replacing boxing and weightlifting!!! How many countries have conditions to allow surfing! How many people can afford to train from a young age in sport climbing! A great way to escape the ghetto!

Mark Rippetoe

As I said, they are removing the testosterone sports in the interest of curbing all the rampant toxic masculinity in the world. I'm surprised that ballet is not being considered.

Best of the Forum

I just got mugged and I’m tired of it


I just got mugged trying to buy weed. By the grace of god, I only lost $30 and a CC card that I have already canceled. If just one or two little things had played out differently a little earlier this afternoon, I would have lost >500 hundred dollars.

I'm fucking sick of the shit. Every goddamn apartment complex I can afford to rent is filled with sociopathic marauders.

I'm not a weak man (500# DL less than a year ago) but I was not comfortable engaging in H2H combat with the fellow that was mugging me. He was about my size ~5'10 200, and I sensed on a deep level that I would not have been able to prevail in pure H2H. Despite the fact that I have been mugged before, I feel ashamed about this in particular, because in 7 years of living in low-income neighborhoods and apartment complexes, I have never been taken by a man who lacked a knife at the least.

I'm familiar with the shock of being robbed. I've been robbed at gunpoint twice and at knifepoint once in the past 10 years. But there is a real, deep shame associated with getting one's pockets tapped by a bare-handed man barely bigger than you.

What would you do if you were me? I have no experience with firearm ownership, but it is no longer sensible for me to delay familiarizing myself therewith. Should I just buy a gun? What kind/caliber and how do I decide? Do you have anything off the top of your head that you would suggest a new firearm owner read?

Mark Rippetoe

This must be what paying taxes in NYC feels like.


In no particular order:

  • Move to a part of the country you can afford to live in or at least where pot is legal to purchase.
  • Get a skill set that pays well so you can afford better living areas.
  • As long as you engage in illegal activity you will be in contact with criminals.
  • If you shoot someone over a drug deal you will go to prison, On the flip side if you aren’t prepared to shoot someone, don’t carry.
  • While I think it should be legal for adults, it’s stupid to smoke anything.

And if you can deadlift over 500 lbs and can’t sucker punch your way to a win you are a pussy.

Mark Rippetoe

Strangest way to troll the board I've ever seen.

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