Starting Strength Weekly Report

November 21, 2022

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  • The Clot Thickens with Dr. Malcolm Kendrick – Dr. Malcom Kendrick returns to join Rip for a discussion on the relationship between heart disease and cholesterol, statins, and his book The Clot Thickens.
  • How to Fix Your Hips in the Press – Starting Strength Coach Byron Johnston discusses a common error people make using their hips in the press and how to fix it.
  • Shooting Better Photos and Videos, Part 3 – A peek behind the scenes as Nick Delgadillo runs a workshop for Starting Strength Gyms coaches, owners, and apprentices on taking better photos and videos using a smartphone.
  • You Don’t Have “Plenty of Time” by Mike Tuchscherer – I’ll never forget my first 800-lbs deadlift in competition. I was still relatively unknown in the powerlifting world...
  • Weekend Archives: Strength in Combat by Adam Lauritzen – It is easy to accept that throughout antiquity, strength was an advantage in combat. Being physically capable of smashing your opponent’s equipment and bones also contributed to...
  • Weekend Archives: When to Omit the Power Clean by Mark Rippetoe – As we have said many times, not everybody needs to do the power clean. This has been repeatedly interpreted to mean, “I don't need to do the power clean.” Even more unfortunately...

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Rob finishing up his final set of five squats at this weekend's Starting Strength training camp in Moodus, Connecticut. [photo courtesy of Cody Annino]
christina locks out her final deadlift at annino strength and conditioning
Christina locking out her final deadlift at this past weekend's squat and deadlift training camp at Annino Strength and Conditioning. [photo courtesy of Rebecca Skinner]
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SSC Michael Shammas explains training programming strategies to Bruce at Starting Strength Boston. [photo courtesy of Arthur Frontczak]
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Apprentice Chris Reis walks new Starting Strength Cincinnati member Tanvi through the deadlift setup during her introductory session. [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]
dylan benches 175 for sets of five at testify strength and conditioning
Dylan benches 175 lb for sets of five early in the morning at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. Dylan's wife, Jordan, also trains at Testify, and so does Jordan's sister, mother, and father, so it's quite the family affair! [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
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Nick Delgadillo explaining to Robert how to set his back for a deadlift during the Self-Sufficient Lifter Camp at WFAC. [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
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Group picture from the Self-Sufficient Lifter camp held this past weekend. [photo courtesy of Bre Hillen]
71-year-old victor squats 225 for a pr
71-year-old Victor squats 225 for a lifetime PR. Victor has been training with Starting Strength Cincinnati for a full year now. [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]
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For better or worse? Carl and Victoria merge at the recent Starting Strength Coaches conference. [photo courtesy of Mark Rippetoe]

Best of the Week

Rip on the paleo diet


Rip I remember way way back in maybe 2009 or early 2010s you were advocating and practicing the paleo diet. I am respectfully asking why you have abandoned your adherence to the paleo diet, downsides, etc. Also as a long time fan I’d really appreciate it if you grew your sideburns out again for old times sake.

Mark Rippetoe

First, what is the Paleo Diet? Help me remember.


Who knows, it is interpreted differently by everyone it seems. I just remember you speaking of it way back in the day and was curious why you abandoned it. I understand your ideas evolve over time, such as the front squat in the original book, but I was just curious as to why you hopped off the paleo wagon.

Mark Rippetoe

How do you know I abandoned it? This is why knowing what it is is important.


Caveman food.


Touché. I just don’t hear you talk about it anymore, and assumed you have left it. But I get what you’re saying.

Roy Thomas

"A modern paleo diet includes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds. These are foods that in the past people could get by hunting and gathering. It doesn't include foods that became more common when small-scale farming began about 10,000 years ago. These foods include grains, legumes and dairy products." You might need to keep the milk depending on who you are, but otherwise it seems fairly sound.

Mark Rippetoe

I basically still eat like this, with occasional exceptions. But since I'm not selling it, I don't label it and talk about it.

Best of the Forum

Every Day Carry for My Wife


My wife has adamantly refused to carry a gun, let alone even mull the idea over or talk about it. Yesterday, she was in the parking lot of our local Kroger, about to walk in, when the mass shooting occurred. 13 victims. 1 killed. She was fine, but it shook her badly enough for us to finally begin the conversation last night. I recognize the importance of being able to carry, and while I carry, I am certainly not very knowledgeable about guns.

I thought my Glock 9mm might be a good start for her, but I found out that she wasn't strong enough to pull the slide back. Any opinions on a good everyday carry that she can put in her purse, have good stopping power, and not be technically complicated in the event of an emergency? I thought a .32 Hammerless might be a good start, but I am open to any suggestions.

Maybe I should give her the Glock and tell her if she wants to use it she should start strength training? ;-)

Mark Rippetoe

Not strong enough is a problem. But right now she needs a revolver in a decent enough caliber to actually stop somebody.


Ruger LCR .357 loaded with 38 special short barrel loads made for snub nose revolvers

The LCR is polymer light weight and has a cam in the trigger mechanism that makes the trigger easy for a woman to pull

All my daughters carry this rig with the Crimson trace laser grips

Small compact low recoil and readily available ammo

They also make the same gun in .327 mag which can be downloaded to .32 smith and Wesson if she’s especially recoil sensitive

And that version is 6 rounds not 5

Really good guns

All this has to be learned, your best bet is find a woman trainer your wife won’t listen to you lol

And you have to have the attitude and willingness to use it


Thanks, bobman! I’ll definitely have a look at this. I use for ammo, and I know their search engine for guns is pretty solid too. I’ll have a look around. She needs something not frightening or intimidating. I’m crossing a cultural barrier with her on this, so I will absolutely take the advice on a female trainer. I already planned on that!

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