Starting Strength Weekly Report

January 16, 2023

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yair presses against the rack to get a better range of motion
Starting Strength Boston member Yair has difficulty getting a complete range of motion when pressing. Normally he can’t raise the bar above his ears without help. Keeping the the bar pushed against the rack, however, allows full extension. [photo courtesy of Michael Shammas]
juliana warms up her bench press in preparation for work sets at 100 pounds
Juliana gets setup for her last warm-up on the way to a 100-pound bench at Starting Strength Orlando. [photo courtesy of Pete Troupos]
christine snatches 61 kg for a triple
Christine snatches 61 kg for a triple at Testify Strength & Conditioning as she continues her preparation for Testify's Leprechaun Lift-off weightlifting meet, which will be held on March 11th. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
tony prs the deadlift at 315
Tony setting a huge PR 315 deadlift at Starting Strength Chicago. He came to us October with chronic back pain, but getting his back stronger has all but eliminated it. [photo courtesy of Alex Ptacek]
mike squats at the self-sufficient lifter camp
Mike squatting at the Self-Sufficient Lifter camp at WFAC. [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
vernon locks out a press at wfac during a self-sufficient lifter camp
Vernon locking out a press at last weekend's Self-Sufficient Lifter camp in Texas. [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
ethan locks out his last press
Ethan locks out his last press rep of the day at Starting Strength Cincinnati. [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]
75 year old tony rack pulls 135 in orlando
75-year-old Tony locks out 135 for the first time at Starting Strength Orlando. He says that rack pulls are his favorite because they remind him of when he was a kid on the farm. [photo courtesy of Pete Troupos]
starting strength beaverton one year anniversary group photo
Happy One Year Anniversary Starting Strength Beaverton! Thanks to all our clients who work hard and trust us with their training. And a special thanks to head coach Amanda Sheppard who's worked from Day One to make Starting Strength Beaverton the special place that it is. [photo courtesy of Jennifer Smith]
starting strength cincinnati members receive 100 session awards
Starting Strength Cincinnati members Heather and Johnny pose with owner Luke Schroeder after receiving their 100th session awards. [photo courtesy of Adam Martin]
marty the dog wears his belt at starting strength boston
Jeff brings Marty to his workouts at Starting Strength Boston. Marty lost a leg in a vehicle accident but doesn’t let that slow him down. Here he is ready to train with the class in a lifting belt. [photo courtesy of Stephen Babbitt]

Best of the Week

Evil gas stoves


Another thing the government wants to turn electric: U.S. safety agency to consider ban on gas stoves amid health fears

Mark Rippetoe

They can consider anything they want to, but this is an excellent way to piss off a lot of people who are not even paying attention.


Featured on Tucker tonight, whose guest was a disobedient Restaurateur.

Tucker counseled mass disobedience, which might finally happen.

A nation of hangry people will not be subjugated.

Marc Brainich

At the risk of tossing oil on Rip’s fire - California has already banned new gas appliances as of 2030. Dangerous “carbonization” of dwelling structures, dontcha know. It’s the Science.

Sadly it *won’t* piss off most people here. I still occasionally see people voluntarily wearing masks outside.

I’m just not ever going to get that Starting Strength gym, am I?

Mark Rippetoe

I think they need to ban glass bottles. And plastic bottles. And aluminum cans. And steel. And wood. The environment depends on this legislation, as does Democracy.

Best of the Forum

Business Question


Mark I'm curious about training my own clients and was wondering if by training people with SS without the support or credentials from the company, would I be committing a crime of any sort? I know you are big on self- reliance and essentially the program is a form of progressive overload, so I don't see what the harm would be to get paid by training people, especially since to even become a SS coach you need to do some coaching prior. And besides, I need to eat.

Mark Rippetoe

I think you have it sorted out. Carry on.


I tell this story every chance I get. I asked Rip the same question in 2018, and then put "Starting Strength method" all over my website. The method and name are so successful that people would hire me on the premise that I sort of maybe could coach using the Starting Strength methodology.


I would be interested in being involved with SS but I don't know if the gym would survive in Houma, LA. Not because the program doesn't work, I'm just not sure how many people down here on the bayous would be interested in something like that.


Just because you want to open a gym doesn't mean you need to open a Starting Strength Gym. You could open a gym, get your credential, and then be an affiliate. There are a lot of SSCs that do that. Mia Inman is extremely popular in her small town, and she has a single squat rack gym.

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