Starting Strength Weekly Report

December 31, 2018

Training Log
Starting Strength Channel
  • The Press Prescription – Jonathon Sullivan, MD, PhD, SSC discusses why and how the press meets the requirements of a barbell prescription for the aging adult.

In the Trenches

trent jones bottom of the squat
Trent Jones squats during the platform session at a recent Starting Strength Seminar held at WFAC. [photo courtesy of Nick Delgadillo]

Best of the Week

Deadlift Shoes, Standing Press Shoes, Squat Shoes

I read your book and have reviewed several videos and articles on your website. Thank you very much for helping me attain so much strength with barbells this year!!

I would like to ask about what shoes I should be using for each of the three big lifts: squats, deadlifts, and OHP.

For squats, I read your recommendation for weightlifting shoes with heels. I purchased Adidas Leistung 16 II Boa Shoes because the 1-inch heels help me as a tall person - 6'4"

But what about deadlifts and presses? For deadlifts, is 1 inch too much? Or should I go for flat shoes? Anything I need to consider as a tall person? I have the same questions for presses as well. Why would you recommend one type of shoe over the other? Do you recommend or discourage Chuck’s?

Mark Rippetoe

Do all of your standing barbell exercises in your WL shoes.

Best of the Forum

Firefighter shift work.

I'm a firefighter and I work a 24on/48off shift cycle. With over time, it's 48on/24off. I read the forum post about shift work, but the shift's listed were not like mine. And ideas on how I can accomplish S.S. training as a novice with my work schedule? Thank you in advance for your time and knowledge on this subject.

Mark Rippetoe

Looks like you'll be training every third day, instead of MWF.


That is one of my options. Most weeks I will only train 2 times a week. Is that enough to see results?

Mark Rippetoe

It is sub-optimal.


I've been a firefighter for 7 years and the 5 times I've ever done a full blown workout while on shift has always led to me being a worthless piece of shit when the bad call inevitably came in 30 min after I was done. Don't do it.

Train every third day like Mark recommended. Preferably the day before work so you’re fully rested for your session. It's not going to destroy your progress in the long run.

I've found that now a days I also need a training day off every month to month and a half.

Travis Rask

I'd just work it around your schedule as best as possible, and if you need to, on occasion early in the AM before work.

I had several runs at SSLP (2011-early 2014) before full completion and in retrospect it wasn't much of a problem.

The real fun begins when you advance into intermediate level stuff and a 4th day/significant volume increases are necessary to continue progressing.

I still haven't nailed this down yet – with side work, shift trades and OT I catch a fair amount of 72 hour shifts and days lost to other gigs.

Alas, as with anything...if it's important, people find a way...otherwise they find an excuse.

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