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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009

    Default From Heart Patient to Lifter | Mark Rippetoe

    I have known Scott Davison for about 20 years. A former columnist at our local newspaper, I used to read his opinions before he got fired for being on the wrong side of a local election. Prior to that, he had worked for the Strategic Air Command as a B-52 pilot, a job that provides interesting stories to this day. A more interesting story is the tale of his journey from heart patient to lifter...

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    San Diego


    AWESOME and inspirational! Just the other day I had someone attempt to ridicule me for saying my goal was a 500lb deadlift before I turned 50 in 21 months. "Oh that's dangerous for your back, why would you do that?" This from a person who struggles with cases of water from Costco to their car.

    Scott, keep up the good work under the bar! Inspire more of us to face those challenges as strongly as you have!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2010


    I'm 63, and had a heart attack and a stent 2.5 months ago. I too am doing the cardiac "rehab" i.e. 30 minutes of monitored aerobics 3x a week. A month ago I restarted lifting. On my 63rd birthday, 30 days of NLP later, I got back to a 1x5 300 lb deadlift and three sets of 265 squats. The nurse at rehab freaked out, muttering something about "too much internal pressure" and "cortisol", and just last night my friend who is a physician got worried about "blowing out walls." I love the guy, but he is 88, never lifted, and can barely walk. There is so much misinformation out there. I want to thank Rip, Sully, Baraki and all the others for thinking these things through and looking at the actual research. I genuinely feel bad for all the folks in my "rehab" who are shuffling on the treadmills, slowly pedaling on the recumbent bikes, and using 2lb dumbbells during the "resistance" part. To my eye, they are making little progress. They are not just weaker than me, but they seem frail. Congratulations on your recovery. Keep up the hard work. As someone once said "Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general."


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