Starting Strength Weekly Report

November 07, 2022

Glossy Edition

  • The Starting Strength Texas Weightlifting Boot is now in production by Justin and pre-orders will ship before the end of the year. Reserve your pair
On Starting Strength
  • Conan, Inflation, and Narrowcasting – Rip answers questions from Starting Strength Network subscribers and fans.
  • 53-year-old Ninja Warrior. Be Strong Enough To Pick Yourself Up. – Marc Respass is a 53-year-old from Boston who loves competing in American Ninja Warrior-type obstacle courses. See how Starting Strength Boston helped him fix his shoulder problems and improve his obstacle course performance.
  • The Stiff-Legged Deadlift – Starting Strength Coach Steve Ross explains how to perform the stiff-legged deadlift and when to program the movement for a lighter pull variation.
  • Starting Strength Gyms – Where We’re Going Next by Ray Gillenwater – The franchise is growing quickly...30 cities across 15 states with more coming between the time this article is submitted and the time it’s published.
  • How Do you Know That? – Dr. Jonathon Sullivan, SSC talks about the persistent silliness coming from healthcare professionals and the need for you to be armed with your own information.
  • Weekend Archives: Introducing Your 14 and 15 Year Old To Strength Training by Tom Bailey – We want the best for our kids, don’t we? We’ve made so many mistakes in the gym, let alone in life, that we don’t want our kids to do the same...
  • Weekend Archives: Abs by Mark Rippetoe – In every weight room in all the countries of the world since the dawn of training with weights, the single biggest distraction from the actual task at hand has been abs...

From the Coaches
  • Starting Strength Coach Hayden-William Courtland discusses common questions that arise when one carries out their novice linear progression.
  • A unevenly loaded barbell is a common mistake, but after you've corrected the load on the bar, do you just proceed as usual? Not quite. Phil Meggers explains in this short video.
  • Your wrists are messing up your deadlift, and you probably don't even know it. In less than two minutes, Phil Meggers covers how to fix the problem. This is the second video in Testify's Saturday Shorts series on correcting the deadlift.
  • In this PRS Podcast episode we discuss training adaptability and hour to avoid the biggest pitfalls of a rigid approach to programming & technique.
  • A lifting platform is a very important part of your gym - it protects your equipment as well as your floor, it dampens the noise and vibrations of deadlifts, cleans, snatches, etc., and it clearly delineates the lifting space. Phil Meggers covers how to easily build a lifting platform - complete with instructional videos.d
  • If you or your lifters are experiencing aches, pains, and injuries impacting training and leaving you confused about how to best manage continuing to train in pursuit of your strength goals, this PRS Podcast episode is for you.
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In the Trenches

brian hart pulls a 415 pr and joins the 1000 lb club
Brian Hart pulls a PR of 415 lb in costume at the annual Day of the Deadlift at Starting Strength Austin. The PR launches this astronaut into the 1000 lb club (Squat, Press, and Deadlift total). [photo courtesy of Mark Diffley]
daniel squatting at the starting strength training camp in baltimore
Aspiring SSC Daniel González squats 405 at the Starting Strength Training Camp held in Baltimore last Sunday. Daniel traveled from Nashville, TN to participate in the camp at Fivex3 Training. [photo courtesy of Fivex3 Training]
joe deadlifts a single of 335
Joe Podwol or Joe “Dia de los Muertos” deadlifts a single at 335 after completing a set of 5 at 315 at the same camp in Baltimore. [photo courtesy of Fivex3 Training]
eden pulls 150 in her second week of training
Starting Strength Cincinnati member Eden wraps up her 2nd week of training with a 150 pound deadlift PR [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]
jodi at the bottom of a squat at the tampa training camp
16-year-old Jodi in a textbook bottom position. She attended our most recent training camp in Tampa, FL, along with her brother and father. [photo courtesy of Pete Troupos]
tyler finishing a squat work set at the training camp in tampa
Tyler finishing up his work sets at our Squat & Deadlift Training Camp held in Tampa, FL. [photo courtesy of Pete Troupos]
group picture boston day of the deadlift
Check out Starting Strength Boston's compilation video of last weekend's Day of the Deadlift. A real cast of characters showed up to set some PRs! [photo courtesy of Michael Shammas]
milo and parker getting petted at testify strength and conditioning in omaha
Milo and Parker demonstrate that the gym dogs are still the most popular members at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
noon session group photo in cincinnati gym
The Mon/Wed/Fri noon session at Starting Strength Cincinnati took a break to snap a group photo during their Halloween session. [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]

Best of the Week

What is your opinion on elite Olympic lifters doing an insane workload while elite…


What is your opinion on elite Olympic lifters doing an insane workload while elite powerlifters doing much less than that?

I heard some powerlifters say, "Bro, powerlifters are not stupid. Don't you think these elite powerlifters haven't considered that style of training yet? They have their reasons." I've also heard that Olympic lifters are the real athletes and that powerlifters are a joke.

Thank you, sir. I'm a huge fan, by the way.

Mark Rippetoe

Olympic lifting tonnage and powerlifting tonnage are two completely different stressors. Think about why cleans and deadlifts/squat cleans and heavy low-bar squats are different.

Best of the Forum



I have 4 questions:

1. Do iron plates usually have a shorter diameter than bumper plates?

2. There are some bumper plates I'm interested in buying. Their diameter is 450mm with a 51mm ring diameter. Is this a conventional size for deadlifting? Eg. the deadlifts people do at starting strength gyms etc.

3. If I deadlift with these bumpers, will I be making it too easy on myself? I'm just wondering if they are too big, meaning that I'd be lifting from a higher than ideal position off the ground?

4. The bumper plates have a steel internal ring. Iis this normal for bumpers?

Mark Rippetoe

1. Standard plate diameter is 45 cm, iron or bumper.

2. By "ring diameter" I assume you mean the inside diameter (ID) of the hole in the middle. Approximately 2.00 inches is also standard.

3. These are the same plates everybody uses. We make it harder by putting more weight on the bar.

4. Bumper plates have a steel or iron core, around which the rubber is formed. You are seeing that part of the plate.

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