Starting Strength Weekly Report

June 19, 2023

Coddiwomple Edition 

On Starting Strength
  • Brain Injuries, Back Tweaks, and Getting Stronger – Rip answers questions live from Starting Strength fans.
  • New to the Squat? Start Here – The Starting Strength teaching method for the squat is the first step for beginners in barbell training. Watch as SSC Steve Ross of Brussels Barbell takes a trainee through this process and explains why we do what we do along the way.
  • The Jerk – Not to be outdone by Steve Martin's version, the jerk we're referring to is the second part of the weightlifting event known as the Clean and Jerk.Chase Lindley goes over foot position, recovery, and how to put them all together in an easy progression.
  • Like a Boulder in the Forest by Kasra Keshavarzi – They wouldn’t even look at you; hopeful glance after hopeful glance followed by rejection after rejection. Remember how they talked so begrudgingly to you, as if...
  • Musings by Daniel Oakes – Let's think like true adults for a minute about something that's all over the news: Ukraine. most of us reading this don't live in Ukraine, so do any of us really know what's going on...
  • Weekend Archives: Strength Training and Stroke Recovery by Todd Peters – It was Thursday, October 29th, 2008 and I had evening no-gi practice at my local Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club. My neck had been sore for a few weeks, but anyone who has spent any amount of time training in a grappling sport knows...
  • Weekend Archives: Strength is Money in the Bank by Mark Rippetoe – Physical strength is like money in the bank, in that it enables you to do the things you want to do with your body. Work, play sports, hunt and fish, and be physically independent...

In the Trenches

jason presses 135 at starting strength boston
Jason triumphantly pressing a plate at Starting Strength Boston. Everyone was rooting for him. [photo courtesy of Stephen Babbitt]
dustin locks out a deadlift at starting strength cincinnati
Dustin locks out his deadlift at Starting Strength Cincinnati. [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]
grace presses for triples at testify strength and conditioning
Grace presses triples on Tuesday afternoon at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. Grace trains at Testify along with her sister, mom, and dad. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]

Meet Report

Last week, Fivex3 Training hosted their 12th Annual Charm City Strongwoman Contest. They raised over $21,000 this year for the Ulman House, a home away from home for young adults getting treatment for cancer at local hospitals. Their total now comes to over $121,000 raised in the past 6 years!

anna puts the 185 lb stone over the bar
HW Open 1st place winner, Anna Silbaugh, puts the 185 lb stone over the bar for reps. [photo courtesy of Fivex3 Training]
tracie pulls a bronco 50 feet
MW Open 1st place winner, Tracie Beauchamp, pulls a 6000 pound Bronco 50 feet. [photo courtesy of Fivex3 Training]
maya pulls 405 on the axle bar deadlift
HW Novice 1st place winner, Maya Collins, pulls 405 lb for her third attempt on the Axle Bar Deadlift event. [photo courtesy of Fivex3 Training]
byran drags a sled 50 feet
Our youngest StrongKids competitor, six-year-old Bryan, drags a 125 lb sled 50 feet. [photo courtesy of Fivex3 Training]

2023 Testify Strongman Summer Showdown was held June 17 at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. The Epic Strongwoman award (Morgard the Manatee) went to Lauren Cruz, and the Epic Strongman award went to Hayden Smith. Full Results

geneva locks out 130 log clean and press
Geneva locks out 130 lb in the log clean-and-press at the 7th annual Testify Strength & Conditioning Strongman Summer Showdown this weekend in Omaha, NE. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
jake loading stones
Jake hustles to load the last of three stones onto the platform at this weekend's Testify Strongman Summer Showdown in Omaha, NE. [photo courtesy of Becky Meggers]
tyler throws a tire
Tyler Holm launches the tire 29.1 ft for his second attempt at the tire throw at this weekend's Testify Strongman Summer Showdown. [photo courtesy of Barb Mueller]
mike attempts 365 for a reps on the axle bar
In between coaching and working through the SSC Prep Course, Mike Sharp also finds time to pull 365 lb for 8 reps on the axle bar at the Testify Strongman Summer Showdown. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]

Get Involved

Best of the Week

Long Legs & Arms - Deadlift - Squat Shoes


Trying to get as strong as possible and lift as much weight of course, I'm 200 pounds, long legs, long arms and a short torso. Reading the articles concerning deadlifting in heels there's a caveat concerning anthropometry. Would you recommend deadlifting in heels for someone with my proportions? FYI just ordered a 3" belt as the 4" prevents going below in the squat and starting position in the DL.

Mark Rippetoe

I'd have to see your start position.


Deadlift video

screenshot of deadlift position

Mark Rippetoe

This looks just like everybody else's deadlift. It won't make that much difference. Try it and see.

Best of the Forum

Deadlift physics


1) If the bar never leaves contact with the legs on the deadlift as you recommend, does the bar path ever deviate from a straight line, especially past the knees?

2) Are some lifter’s biomechanics better suited to a lower hip starting position? If so, what are the typical body types of these lifters?

Mark Rippetoe

1. No bar path is a perfectly straight line. That is the physical model, not the actual outcome.

2. Short legs/long back will appear to have a lower hips position with the bar over the mid-foot/shoulders just in front of the bar. This is discussed in the Blue Book.

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