Starting Strength Weekly Report

November 08, 2021

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On Starting Strength
  • The Death of Objective Truth with Karl Denninger – Rip is joined by Karl Denninger, author and owner of The Market Ticker, for a conversation about the end of objective truth. The full episode is available to all on the Starting Strength Network.
  • Lying Triceps Extensions – Paul Horn, head coach at Starting Strength Boise, discusses his go-to assistance exercise for unsticking your bench or press.
  • How to Video Your Lifts for Form Checks – Starting Strength Coach Andrew Lewis explains how to film your lifts for coaches to check your form.
  • Muscles Are Impolite by Hannah Pralle – When I was a little girl, my dad was gone for work, for weeks at a time, on the oil rigs. Saying goodbye was a big deal, because I didn’t get to do it every day, and so it had to last a long time...
  • Weekend Archives: Time to Train by Jim Steel – It’s noon on a Sunday and I am irritated as hell. I got up around 5am and let my Labradors outside to play fetch with them, and then I drank some coffee and then rode the exercise bike for 30 minutes, which didn’t do a damn thing...
  • Weekend Archives: Strength and Prevention of Injuries by Mark Rippetoe – Highly-motivated highly-talented athletes will push themselves to the edge of their abilities in an effort to win, since winning is what athletes do. Winning on the field of play takes precedence over everything else...

From the Coaches
  • In another episode of Testify's "How to Start Lifting" series, Phil Meggers and Barb Mueller help you learn how to press and also discuss how to go about your first press workout.
  • If you’re new to lifting, it may seem like loading and unloading your deadlift sometimes take an unseemly amount of effort. Phil Meggers shows you how to improve this situation.
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In the Trenches

john pulls 585 starting strength boise day of the deadlift competition
John pulling 585x1 during SS Boise’s Day of the Deadlift competition last weekend. It was the heaviest lift of the day. [photo courtesy of Paul Horn]
heather ketten winner of starting strenth austin's day of the deadlift competition
Heather Ketten winner of Austin's Day of the Deadlift competition. [photo courtesy of Mark Diffley]
landon deadlifting four plates and change at starting strength dallas
Landon rocking the four plates and change at Starting Strength Dallas. [photo courtesy of David Hernandez]
deadlifting at the monthly barbell workshop at west point
At the monthly Barbell Arts Workshop at West Point, Dept of Physical Education for the trenches the session focused on the squat, press, and deadlift. [photo courtesy of Greg Hess]
mike coaches jaden's deadlift at testify strength and conditioning
Jaden pulls a set of five at 315 lb as Mike coaches him at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
austin corrects deadlift form
Austin instructing Mary on proper deadlift form at Starting Strength Boston. [photo courtesy of Michael Avery]
temporary sign up at starting strength chicago
The temporary sign is up at Starting Strength Chicago. [photo courtesy of Jon Fraser]
red shorts and shoes at the bottom of a squat
The shoe/short coordination game isn't the only thing that is strong at Starting Strength Plano. [photo courtesy of Matt Hebert]
nick delgadillo answers questions at a squat coaching development camp
Nick Delgadillo answers questions from participants during the Squat Coach Development Camp held at Starting Strength Cincinnati last weekend. [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]
mia inman coaches the squat during the coach development camp
Starting Strength Coach Mia Inman helps Camisha with her squat during her visits to the Squat Coach Development Camp at Starting Strength Cincinnati last weekend. [photo courtesy of Nick Delgadillo]
judson locking out a press under lights
A press so heavenly the gods saw fit to bathe Judson in celestial illumination. [photo courtesy of Jayne Peyton]

Best of the Week

Deep Freezer


Now that the commies took over and hyperinflation is on its way, I figured I needed to do some prep in case shit gets crazy and start stocking up on perishable foods, etc. I just bought a freezer and a generator. Can you or anyone recommend a good spot to pick up beef in bulk to pack the freezer. It's not that big or anything - just a basic Costco freezer in my garage. Since this is one of the few places that doesn't bullshit, I figured I would start here. There are hundreds of places online that I can buy from. I was hoping you could recommend a few good spots.

Mark Rippetoe

Meat is best purchased locally. Buying it in bulk online is going to be expensive as hell, with packing and shipping. You've got to look around locally and find a shop or a meat plant that sells in bulk. Unless you live in a big city, in which case moving is a higher priority.

Bill Anders

Go to your local farmer's market(s), although opportunities are dwindling this time of year. Most likely, there's at least one local beef rancher with a booth.

If not, check out Eat Wild for some suggestions.

Be warned - once you start sourcing your meat locally, you'll wonder why you've been wasting your money on supermarket meat for all these years.


Find out who does kill/cut/wrap locally for you on a smaller scale. Kill truck, smaller cut and wrap outfit. Ask them if they know of someone who sells halves or quarters and try to contact them.

Matt Jackson

This is a good idea. If I had the space I'd get a second or third freezer before things go tits-up. Consider complementing your freezer/generator setup with the biggest pressure canner you can afford, and canning jars.

Best of the Forum

How should you train if you have Cov19?


I suspected I have Covid since last week and my wife has tested positive. I haven’t felt like lifting, but lifted light on Thursday. I was supposed to run a 1RM test day on Saturday but didn’t feel well enough. I would normally begin training today (Tues) and I feel well enough to lift light, but I’m wary of pushing myself and sometimes it’s better not to push, particularly as I’m 60 and recovery is at a premium.

Advice welcome.

Mark Rippetoe

Same way you train with the flu. If you have a fever, don't train. If you just don't feel good, train light.


I tested positive for it. Set a deadlift PR the next day.

Andrew Lewis

This is true of all infectious illnesses, but if you train at a public gym, don't go and risk infecting others.


​Nockian, I had COVID in early April. Never had a fever. I did sleep impressive hours in the initial days of illness. Woke up and had breakfast. Took a nap. Woke up and had lunch. Took a nap. Woke up and had dinner. Thought it might be too early to go to bed at 7:30 pm, but I did, and I slept until morning!!!

I was ready to train again in my home gym by about Day 12. I backed off on the weight on the bar and it was smooth sailing. I'm 57.

My sense of smell is still not operating at 100%. Everything else seems fine.

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