Starting Strength Weekly Report

November 29, 2021

Broad Breasted Bronze Edition

On Starting Strength
  • Q&A Episode - Halting Deadlifts, Guns, and Bruno – Rip answers questions from Starting Strength Network subscribers and fans.
  • Halting Deadlift – Starting Strength Coach Chase Lindley explains why halting deadlifts are added to training and explains how to perform them correctly.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Sully explains the basics of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and why it doesn't rule out training for strength – it REQUIRES the Barbell Prescription.
  • Be More Useful? by Keith Pranklin – “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general.” – Mark Rippetoe. This quote has always made me laugh, it’s funny but it also tells us...
  • Translation: La musculation pour les âges avancés – Etienne Chaudron's translation of Strength Training for Older Adults into French.
  • Weekend Archives: Mental Toughness by Mark A Chidley – Since following the Starting Strength program starting in June of 2015, I’ve had some interesting connective experiences to my day-to-day work that led to further reflections I’d like to share here...
  • Weekend Archives: Why You Should Not Be Running by Mark Rippetoe – If you are a competitive distance runner or cyclist who is serious about your sport, this article has not been written for you. This highly informative discussion is intended for those people who have taken seriously the advice of...

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Big Tom, a Broad Breasted Bronze, weighed in at 29.2# minus head and guts. Too large for the oven, he was finished in the smoker. He was raised up along with smaller heritage breed Royal Palms. The 4H group PRd this year's processing with 18 birds accounted for in less than 3 hours, set up through clean up. [photo courtesy of Rebecca Fishburne]
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Victoria Diaz working with a new member on the first day of intros at Starting Strength San Antonio! [photo courtesy of Matt Hebert]
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Christine snatches 68 kg en route to setting a PR at 70 kg at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. Christine will be competing in Testify's annual Christmas Classic weightlifting meet on December 4th. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
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Ethan pulling 315 for the first time at Starting Strength Boise. [photo courtesy of Paul Horn]
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Jack deadlifting 185 lb for reps at Starting Strength Boston. [photo courtesy of Austin Khamiss]
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Vibhor pulling some heavy weight at Starting Strength Dallas. [photo courtesy of David Hernandez]
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Jim with a rack pull PR of 620x3x2 at Starting Strength Denver. [photo courtesy of Jen Pfhol ]
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Marie teaching new member Mike the press at Starting Strength Cincinnati. [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]
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Starting Strength OKC recently had their first member event. Good drinks, good people, and good fun at Cross Timber’s Brewery this past Saturday night. Dalton Rankin used his native Nebraskan skills to teach some the crew the fine art of cornhole followed by some Taco Bell around the fire pit. [photo courtesy of Don Lanier]
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The chandeliers are gone! Demolition has been coming along in Chicago and our gym is beginning to take shape. [photo courtesy of Jon Fraser]
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Group picture from Starting Strength San Antonio from left to right: Joseph Rodriguez, Matt Hebert, Jordan Claypool, Victoria Diaz. [photo courtesy of Victoria Diaz]

Best of the Week

Penile Implants

Buddy Rich

Rip, I'm afraid the gig might be up. I know you're not the Penile Implant expert, but if somebody on this Forum could help me, I'd greatly appreciate it.

I promise you I'm not a troll. I'm 53 years old, 5'10" and weigh 240lbs. My overall health is very good. I'm strong and active. My recent bloodwork came back with no issues. Everything was normal. I'm not a diabetic. I don't have heart disease or any of the contributing factors of erectile dysfunction. I do have low testosterone, but I'm being treated for it. I inject 100mg/week and it seems to do the trick. I wake up with morning wood, but when it comes time to "perform," it's not happening. The only other thing I could think of is to deal with Anxiety, but I wouldn't consider it over the top and I don't take anything for it. My doctor started me on Viagra and that did the trick for a few years, but it's now hit or miss. I then started injections of Trimix. Again, did the trick for a bit, but it's hit or miss now. The next step up is a penile implant. Just the thought of that scares the hell out of me, but all of my research has shown it has an approx 90% success rate.

I'd rather not go down that road if I don't have to. Is there something I'm missing or my Doctor is missing? Is there anybody on this Forum who has a penile implant and would like to share their story?

Mark Rippetoe

This isn't complicated: You need a new girlfriend.

Best of the Forum

My Noob lifting regimen. Appreciate any advice or feedback.


Hi! I am a 35 y/o former Police Officer, currently a Registered Nurse, and one of Texas' top Chess Teachers. I was always a big strong dude, growing up doing lots of manly labor, chopping wood, carrying logs, baling hay, etc. I never really lifted weights on a regular basis. I know I could deadlift 435 lbs after the police academy in 2008. I am 6'1 and was 230lbs at the time. I have about 7.7inch wrists, and 10.5 inch ankles. My vertical jump is a horseshit 18 inches.

Unfortunately, I have suffered badly over the past few years with Crohn's Disease. I have lost a ton of my strength and endurance, and have turned into a fat tub of lard at 273 lbs. My bodyfat is 28% according to the little machine thing at the gym. Over the summer, I was able to have some procedures done to stop the small bowel obstructions I was getting from the inflammation and scar tissue in my small intestines. The new medication has me feeling a lot better too. So a couple weeks ago, I started going to the gym again to lift weights. I am reading Rippetoe's Starting Strength Basic Barbell training 3rd ed. and watching a ton of videos, trying to make sure I am practicing correct technique.

I am hooked, I think. This is very fun, and I feel great having gotten some of my strength back.

Right now I have sort of combined the Stronglifts 5x5 and Starting Strength Programs for a training schedule that looks like:

Monday Wednesday Friday

  • Squat 5x5 185lbs
  • Bench Press 5X5 175lbs
  • Deadlift 1X5 275lbs
  • Assisted Chin Ups 3X25 -175lbs

Tuesday Thursday

  • Front Squat 5X5 140lbs
  • Overhead Press 5x5 140lbs
  • Barbell Row 5x5 140lbs
  • Assisted Pull up 3x20 -175lbs

My aim is to add 5lbs per weight per workout until I can't any more. If I hit a plateau, I may switch to 3x5, and then 3x3. Also I just ordered some small 1.25lb plates and maybe get some even smaller plates so I can make increments very small once the weights get tough.

I figure that I will not be able to sustain a 5 day a week model forever, because I will eventually need more time to recover. I figured it would be better for me to make my fat ass go to the gym every day so I can't make any excuses.

MY typical daily diet: (trying to get at least 300g of protein. (limiting carbs until I lose some weight) about 2700-3000 calories or so.

  • 1/2 gallon 2% or Whole milk\
  • 1-2 lbs of chicken breast or steak.
  • 6-12 eggs
  • 9-12 oz shrimp
  • 1-2 scoops of whey with some peanut butter

Thank you guys for any advice or encouragement! I am trying to hit it as hard as I can while I still have noob enthusiasm!


Wow! Thanks Mr Rippetoe! I am a huge fan. I ordered all your books off Amazon a few days ago. Just started reading Starting Strength, Basic Barbell training. Can't wait for Practical Programming to get here.

I am guessing my problem is probably that I am very motivated, and I am used to always trying to work harder than everyone else. I used to work 100 hours a week for example. I figure this might run me into trouble with weightlifting if I try to push myself too hard too fast. The ego problem is real... It pains me that I can't do one single damn chin up.

A couple weeks ago, I squatted for the first time in forever. I did 135lbsx5x5. I was so sore I could barely walk for a week. But now my joints are sore. (I have shit joints from advanced crohn's disease attacking them) I figure I am just gonna keep powering through, cause I'm tired of being a big fat weakling!

I feel like if I work hard, I could be very strong. I think I have good genetics for it, and that it comes easy for me. I just need to work hard too!

Mark Rippetoe

You're the kind of guy that just will not do the program. Good luck with your training.

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