Starting Strength Weekly Report

June 14, 2021

Castle Defense Edition

On Starting Strength
  • Home Security – Rip and Nick Delgadillo discuss different ways to build and layer your home defense.
  • Triaging Your Power Clean Problems – Starting Strength Coach Nick Delgadillo talks about how to fix the most important parts of the power clean.
  • Telomere Length and Related Biological Factors in Masters Athletes – Does training hit the snooze button on your biological clock? Maybe! Dr. Jonathon Sullivan from Greysteel and Victoria Volkov from Tel Aviv University discuss the recent meta-analysis by Aguiar et al looking at telomere length and related biological factors in masters athletes.
  • The Bill Starr Chronicles: Fielder's Shed by Jim Moser – The shed was located at Fielder's Dairy Farm, pretty much in the middle of nowhere. I was living in Towson, Maryland at the time, and it was a good one-hour drive on winding back roads through rural Maryland..."
  • The Costs and Outcomes of Coaching Education by Andrew Lewis – There are several paths to becoming a strength coach, but there is no clear outline of the costs and financial outcomes of each path. A prospective coach could waste time and money picking a suboptimal path...
  • Weekend Archives: Training in the Heat by Bill Starr – I would guess that everyone has, at one time or another, trained in a non-air conditioned gym during a hot, humid summer and left the facility totally exhausted and drained...
  • Weekend Archives: Tactile Cues and Coaching by Mark Rippetoe – I've noticed a problem recently. I don't know if it's been there all along, or if something has changed within popular culture that has severely encumbered an already difficult task. Either way, it must be addressed. If you coach movement, you must physically touch your trainees...

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Alex Ptacek squats during the June Starting Strength Seminar held at WFAC this past weekend. [photo courtesy of Nick Delgadillo]
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Darin Lovat deadlifts at the Starting Strength Seminar on Saturday afternoon. [photo courtesy of Nick Delgadillo]
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Inna and Ray (right) from the gyms franchise company catch up with the Starting Strength Oklahoma City crew (left).

Best of the Week

Bitcoin Cracked

Mark E. Hurling

Hmmm, maybe the bitcoin pimps (cough-cough advocates) just might have partially lost the privacy and security from gubmint monitoring argument in their promotions of it. Then again, it's not entirely clear how the Fan Belt Inspectors actually cracked the private key. So maybe there's hope for the current iteration of the South Sea Bubble. U.S. seizes $2.3 mln in bitcoin paid to Colonial Pipeline hackers

Mark Rippetoe

How many Hurlingisms/cutenesses can you find in this post? List them. First correct answer gets a T-shirt. Ignore the grammar/typo.


I mean, he's posting, so isn't it something like the total number of words divided by one? He's quoting Reuters, so actually it'd be the (number of words +1) divided by one.

Jordan Schachtel gives us the real story:

And I'm one of those rare libertarians who is not a fan of Bitcoin.


Did I win?


Bitcoin’s privacy/traceability has been suspect since the days of The Silk Road. A lot of people forget that it wasn’t just Ross Ulbricht indicted, but the Secret Service and DEA both had agents stealing Bitcoin during the investigation. Drug dealers in several countries were also later tracked down. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some way to “tag” certain crypto transactions, such as ransoms, to be able to track them. If you want privacy or security with your crypto use Z Cash or Monero.


I don't know Hurley that well, but I'd say it's everything in the post. To list it, I would just have to requote the entire post.

Mark Rippetoe

He left out "DB" – an oversight, I'm sure. So, you guys lose. There are 6:

  • "Bitcoin cracked"
  • "bitcoin pimps"
  • "cough-cough advocates"
  • "gubmint"
  • "Fan Belt Inspectors"
  • "South Sea Bubble"

We'll try again on his next installment.

Best of the Forum

Rips Tendonitis


You state that the tendonitis in your knee/knees is caused from squatting wrong for many years - squatting with knees and quads. When you implemented the LB squat how much weight did you pull off the bar while in the learning phase of the LB squat ? Did you box squat for a little while? Please elaborate if you don't mind.

Mark Rippetoe

I didn't suddenly "implement" the low-bar squat, as you guys had the luxury of doing. It was a very long process, and the box squat was a big part of teaching me about the use of the posterior chain. I'm still learning.


I'm gonna start over using box squats as you demonstrate. My quads are strong and my knees are screaming. The lack of posterior strength and flexibility is impressive. I started back on LP in Oct-Nov 2019, Ive been able to get my squat up to 280 5x3. had to reset at 265...I started box squats today 5x4 and wow glut medius has woken up. I have the weight at this weight too low or can/should I LP from there? Hoping tendinitis clears up in 6-8 weeks.

Mark Rippetoe

You ought to be able to start these at 225. Make 185x1 your last warmup just in case.


I'll make the effort.. Thank you.

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