Starting Strength Weekly Report

November 15, 2021

Are you crazy? Is that your problem? Edition

On Starting Strength
  • Best Comedy Movies – Rip and John Musser discuss their top ten favorite comedy movies.
  • The Pin Bench – Starting Strength San Antonio Head Coach, Victoria Diaz walks you through the pin press at Starting Strength Dallas.
  • The Hips in the Press – Starting Strength Coach and owner of The Strength Co., Grant Broggi, explains the actions of the hips in the press.
  • A Functional Training Tale by Carl Raghavan – Why are you doing that? If you’re not doing a movement in the weight room to get bigger, faster or most importantly stronger, then you are wasting your time...
  • Weekend Archives: Using Chalk - How and Why – Starting Strength Coach Nick Delgadillo talks about why chalk is a good idea for barbell training and gives some tips on what to do and what not to do.
  • Weekend Archives: Which Book? by Mark Rippetoe – We are often asked about books to read for information on the lifts and programming. I really hate to be this way, but if I thought there were valuable sources of information on strength training that...

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brian deadlifts 385 at stronger physical therapy
Coached by Chris Palladino, Brian deadlifts 385 at Stronger Physical Therapy in Bellmore, NY. [photo courtesy of Chris Palladino]
bernie presses 95 lb at the starting strength training camp in baltimore
Bernie, age 56, presses 95 lb for his final set at the Starting Strength Training Camp at Fivex3 Training in Baltimore just three months after dealing with a frozen shoulder. [photo courtesy of Fivex3 Training]
emily socolinsky coaches ivan at a starting strength training camp
Ivan squats 235 lb for his final set under the watchful eye of SSC Emily Socolinsky. [photo courtesy of Fivex3 Training]
deadlift demonstration starting strength lifter camp
Joe demonstrating the deadlift at this past weekend's Self-Sufficient Lifter camp. [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
cara learns how to squat
Cara - a resident of Wichita Falls who only recently became aware of Starting Strength - learning how to squat at the Self-Sufficient Lifter camp. [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
nikolai deadlifts 315 at starting strength austin
Nikolai Gavanter deadlifting 315 at Starting Strength Austin. [photo courtesy of Matt Gemmil]
jacob deadlifts 315x5 at a bodyweight of 140
Jacob deadlifts a PR 315x5 at a bodyweight of 140 at Starting Strength Denver. [photo courtesy of Jen Pfhol]
alexanne albert pulls 210x2x3 at age 69
Alexanne Albert pulls 210 for 2x3 at age 69 at Starting Strength Houston. [photo courtesy of Josh Wells]
morris family getting coaching on their barbell lifts at blackmetal strength
The Morrises like to lift at home, but wanted to make sure their technique was correct, so they all came to Blackmetal Strength Training to get coaching on their deadlifts, bench presses, and squats. [photo courtesy of Andrew Lewis]
mike neeley pin pressing at starting strength dallas
Dr. Mike Neeley knocking out a set of pin presses at Starting Strength Dallas. [photo courtesy of Brent Carter]
gabriel lopez pulls 315 for 5
Gabriel Lopez pulls 315x5 at Starting Strength Houston. [photo courtesy of Josh Wells]
michael hits a one plate press milestone
Michael hits a one plate press at Starting Strength Plano. [photo courtesy of Matt Hebert]
robert santana coaching at a starting strength training camp in phoenix
Robert Santana explains the lifts and answers questions at last weekend's training camp held at Weights & Plates in Phoenix, AZ. [photo courtesy of Jaden Ware]
brianne snatches 60 kg for a pr
Brianne snatches 60 kg for a PR at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE, as she continues to prepare for Testify's annual Christmas Classic weightlifting meet. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
leah gets a send off from starting strength okc
Bittersweet day at Starting Strength OKC as they wish Leah the best in her upcoming infantry fitness test. Leah stayed 2 months longer than planned at Starting Strength OKC as she focused on putting on muscle mass for better performance during her upcoming infantry fitness test. This past Monday morning, the 5:30AM crew wished her the best of luck and got their last workout together until next time. [photo courtesy of Colby Iliff]
gym equipment has arrived for starting strength san antonio
Equipment has arrived at Starting Strength San Antonio! Getting close now! [photo courtesy of Victoria Diaz]

Best of the Week

Muscle mass effects on testosterone


I was wondering if you know if muscle mass will result in healthy hormone levels as we age.

I couldn't find research on the relationship between testosterone levels and muscle mass, just exercises induced testosterone response which isn't what i'm looking for.

I know that fat can cause excess estrogen somehow, and also that testosterone can build muscle... But does muscle have any effect on hormones?

The exercise effect on testosterone is minimal and is probably a side effect of cortisol secretion, and has probably little effect on protein synthesis. But over time, as we get stronger and build more muscle, will this result in an improved hormone profile directly through muscle mass or nervous fibres, or perhaps any secondary effects from increased metabolism?

Mark Rippetoe

I know of no evidence that muscle mass secretes or causes the secretion of testosterone. Not even Exercise Physiologists have suggested such a thing.

Best of the Forum

Jean Genes

Robin UK

Sick to the back teeth of inferior product quality at piss-take prices right across the whole economic spectrum from root to branch, exponentially increasing as the years go by. My Question from a Brit to Mighty Texan:

Can’t find a brand of jeans that are truly built to last here in the UK. I’ve always chosen Wrangler over Levis due to the heritage (Levis pedigree and consumer base offends me) but my last 3 pairs of Wranglers have gone to shit within a year. I seem to remember on the forum you are a Carharrt fan. Do you still rate that brand for jeans? If not, do you have a recommendation?

Mark Rippetoe

I quit wearing Wranglers more than 10 years ago after the last pair ripped open at the crotch, right in the middle of the denim. My Carhartt B-11s have never failed in this way.

Robin UK

Brilliant, much appreciated Rip. I’m pretty pissed at Wrangler to be honest because I really like their backstory and pedigree but they seem to have sacrificed quality for profits (surprise surprise). Can’t even get a fucking decent quality basic cotton T Shirt on the UK high street these days - no joke. Either I’m one of the youngest curmudgeons in my town at 43 years of age or the world has gone to shit. I fear the latter.

Bare Steel

I can't speak to a specific brand, especially not in the UK, but keep in mind that fit is a big deal when it comes to the longevity of your jeans. Poor fit in either direction (baggy or tight) will lead to problems. I went through several cuts before finding what worked for me. If you have one common spot that tends to fail first, consider having a good tailor reinforce them straight off the rack via a process called 'darning'. That can help protect the area that receives the most wear.

Dave Longley

I’ve ordered from Barbell Apparel (Vegas) and although pricey, they deliver to the UK now from Europe so you don’t get the bullshit import tax fucking EU anti competition wank bastards.

I’m not riding horses or anything cowboy like, but they’re stretchy and very comfortable. I quite like the fit but I like to be able to fling my legs around in case I need to kick someone in the head.

Good customer service too. They refunded me on a pair of shorts with a fit that made my dick look obscene.

Best shorts I’ve ever tried on.

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