Starting Strength Weekly Report

September 10, 2018

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  • Training and the Noble Lie – Dr. Jonathon Sullivan explains why training is one of the few activities that always results in a desirable outcome when hard work is applied.
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In the Trenches

rippetoe teaching the squat
Rip teaches the squat during the platform session at the Starting Strength Seminar held at WFAC. [photo courtesy of Nick Delgadillo]
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Phillip Midkiff at the bottom of a squat during the Starting Strength Seminar at WFAC. [photo courtesy of Nick Delgadillo]

Best of the Week

Is a formal education required to obtain the SSC Credential?

I’ve heard you state a couple of times in various interviews and whatnot that a formal education definitely lends itself to being qualified to become a SSC. While I certainly don’t disagree, I was curious if there were any SSCs working today that do not have a formal college education, and were able to pass based solely on critical analysis skills, coaching ability and study and knowledge of the SS concepts and material. And if so, how much of a disadvantage does that pose as opposed to having obtained a degree of some kind? Thank you, sir!

Mark Rippetoe

I have said that an education in the sciences is necessary. In fact, the current environment in most colleges and universities, both socially and academically, argues against wasting the time there. There are better ways to become educated in 2018. Most SSCs do not have a formal education in PE, and those that do found it to be a waste of time.


If somebody is already pursuing a bachelor's degree in something else, would you recommend taking extra science courses at the university (for aspiring coaches)? If so, anything specific?

Mark Rippetoe

Freshmen-level physics, biology through the General Physiology level. And you must train.

Kyle Stevens

I can also confirm that course work in PE is pretty much a waste of money. I've learned far more about the human body from discussions on this board, texts recommended , training myself and coaching others. However, I made the choice to be a PE I had to sit through all that malarky and now I get to wear sweats to work everyday.

Best of the Forum

LP 5 months after appendix removal
Roman B.

My client had her appendix removed about 5 months ago. Yesterday she said she felt sharp "needles" in the lower right part of abdomen, about an hour after training, and she thinks it might have been caused by the deadlift (DL). Pain is gone as of now. I'm not sure how to continue the progression. Should she work with lighter weights and higher DL volume for some time? Maybe also perform DL daily? Or just follow linear progression (LP, but with 1-2 lbs increments? Should she use a belt? (We have a 2.5" from Best Belts.) How much and what kind of pain to tolerate?

Any suggestions and comments would be highly appreciated.

Mark Rippetoe

How was her appendix removed? Russian way, with spoon? American way, with surgeon, sharp knife, suture? I squatted 5 days after mine was removed. It hurt, but so did the appendicitis.

Roman B.

We have pretty good medicine in Ukraine.

Thanks, this gives me confidence to continue the standard LP. If pain gets worse, I'll report here.

Dr. T

I would rule out incisional hernia, which can be done by a visit to the surgeon who removed the worm.

No hernia, no problem.

"Sharp needles" usually indicates neurogenic pain, often related to scarring in one of the abdominal wall layers. Alarming and uncomfortable but not dangerous, and usually self-correcting with time.


Was it a laparoscopic appendectomy or an open one? Nevertheless, doesn't matter. A correctly performed conventional appendectomy doesn't cut any muscle.

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