Starting Strength Weekly Report

June 20, 2022

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albert squatting at the starting strength training camp in orlando
Albert came from Tampa to Starting Strength Orlando to have his squat and deadlift looked at by SSCs at the recent Starting Strength Training Camp. [photo courtesy of Pete Troupos]
joseph pulling a heavy set of deadlifts at the training camp in orlando
Joseph pulls the heaviest set of deadlifts for the day at the camp held at Starting Strength Orlando. [photo courtesy of Pete Troupos]
inna koppel and jacob pearce at foot hood career fair
Inna Koppel and Jacob Pearce representing Starting Strength Gyms at a semi-annual career fair in Ft. Hood, TX. The two received a strong response from a diverse group service members preparing for their transition to civilian life. Jon Miller, SSC and founder of a veteran-services company helped SS Gyms prepare for the event. [photo courtesy of Inna Koppel]
inna 36th engineer brigade members at fort hood career fair
Inna poses with members of the 36th Engineer Brigade at the career fair. Many of the service members who approached the table were already Starting Strength fans. There was even interest from some of the other vendors. [photo courtesy of Inna Koppel]
evan valot deadlifts 325 at 16
16-year-old Evan Valot deadlifts 325. [photo courtesy of Matt Gemmill]
anna finishes a rep in the car deadlift event at the charm city strongwoman contest
Fivex3 Training's Charm City Strongwoman Contest raised $100,000 in five years for the Ulman House, a home away from home for young adults getting treatment for cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. HW Open 2nd place winner, Anna Silbaugh, finishes a rep in the Car Deadlift during the contest. [photo courtesy of Fivex3 Training]
katie mansi in triple extension in the weight for height event
HW Novice third place winner, Katie Mansi, reaching triple extension in the Weight for Height event at the Charm City Strongwoman Contest. [photo courtesy of Fivex3 Training]
grant broggi coaches marybeth through the squat at a starting strength training camp
Grant Broggi coaches MaryBeth through the squat at a recent Starting Strength Training Camp held in Winston-Salem, NC. [photo courtesy of Seth Crowell]
coaching the internal rotation of the arms in a proper deadlift
Grant Broggi explaining the internal rotation of the arms when performing the deadlift with Mike of North Carolina. [photo courtesy of Seth Crowell]
yiping squats 135 for the first time at starting strength austin
Yiping Zhou squatting 135 lb for the first time in her life at Starting Strength Austin. [photo courtesy of Mark Diffley]
ty squats 155 for five for his third work set
Ty squats 155 lb x 5 for his third work set as he begins his second week of training at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
ravi deadlifting 145 at starting strength oklahoma city
Ravi began his training at Starting Strength OKC in early April. Since then, he has taken his deadlift from 41 lb to 145 lb. Ravi trains with his two sons three times per week at Starting Strength OKC. [photo courtesy of Greg Herman]
kearston warms up her squat after missing a week of training
Kearston Block warms up for squatting after being gone for a week. She left notes on the board to remind herself why you shouldn’t miss a week of training. [photo courtesy of Tony Stein]
group picture of the 7 am saturday class at starting strength columbus
The 7 AM Saturday morning class at Starting Strength Columbus with coaches Jarret Beck and Bruce Trout, apprentice Adam Williford, Owner Pete Yeh, and guest SSC Andrew Lewis from Starting Strength Indianapolis. [photo courtesy of Pete Yeh]
starting strength cincinnati member meet up at sonder brewery
Starting Strength Cincinnati members got together outside the gym this past Saturday to share some food, drinks, and plenty of laughs at Sonder Brewery. [photo courtesy of Lucas Schroeder]
starting strength boston summer meetup
Starting Strength Boston’s summer meetup last weekend in Auburndale Park on the Charles River. [photo courtesy of Arthur Frontczak]

Best of the Week

Training In Season - Football


I play D2 College football (Running back). I've been "lifting" for years but never made much progress until I stumbled upon your work last year. My numbers are as follows:

  • Age - 20
  • Height - 5' 9"
  • Weight - 215
  • Vertical - 31"
  • Squat - 480
  • Deadlift - 535
  • Press - 225
  • Bench Press - 345
  • Power Clean - 275x2x7

My goal is to perform really well this season, transfer to D1 next year, and then make the NFL. I'm less athletic than the average NFL running back but I feel like I can get a lot stronger and that can be my x factor. There's not a whole lot of time, so I'm wondering if there is any way I can increase my squat and deadlift in season, and what programming for that would look like. I believe your current suggestion is just to squat and deadlift once a week (or is it alternating weeks?) But I feel like I could probably squat 2x/week (Monday Volume Squat + Powercleans, Thursday Intensity Squat) and continue my linear progression like that and maybe just don't deadlift at all.


Mark Rippetoe

You can train 2x/week in-season -- if you'll eat. At 5'9" you need to weigh 240-245. You'll be very hard to handle at that bodyweight with a 550 squat and a 600 deadlift.

Best of the Forum

Best NLP lifts


Hey Rip, it has probably been answered before, but what are the best sets of 5 you have seen from someone on the NLP?

Mark Rippetoe

Squats in the 500s, presses in the 200s, benches in the high 300s, deadlifts in the high 500s.

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