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    Fantastic!

    I agree with all of your points Jordan. There is no doubt the mental benefits from this method are just as powerful and valuable as the physical.

    And this story is also a prime example of the value the SS Gyms bring to the method. Having a place where people who have never lifted can do so under the eyes of competent coaches, with a community of fellow lifters surrounding and encouraging them, is extremely valuable.

    Well done Jordan and Brent (and K!). Keep the great stories coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordan.p.burnett View Post
    At this point, every eye in the gym was on K. All of our members were cheering him on to finish his set. As he started to press his 5th rep, everyone was cheering for him to lock it out. And as the bar locked out over his head, the gym exploded with applause. K racked the bar and smiled.
    This was a really special moment at our gym and I was very happy to be a part of it. Hard to get that kinda job satisfaction working a straight 9-5 in an office somewhere!

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    Rock on, Jordan! Love this!

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    Starting Strength Dallas Crew Stronger Together Meet Results

    We had 6 lifters representing Starting Strength Dallas this weekend at the Stronger Together competition in Wichita Falls. Thanks to everyone at WFAC for making it happen, and everyone who showed up to support SSD.

    Team BW Upper Body Lift Lower Body Lift Total
    Team 1 Matt Aland 87.5 Bench: 118 Squat: 170 288
    Team 1 Jordan Burnett 103.9 Press: 85 Deadlift: 221 306
    Team 2 Robert Maes 120.6 Press: 93 Squat: 234 327
    Team 2 James Crowley 110.4 Bench: 116 Deadlift: 222 338
    Team 3 Jake Horvath 113.2 Press: 78 Deadlift: 204 282
    Team 3 Charles Dicks 105.2 Bench: 143 Squat: 152 295





    Back Row: David (Intern), James, Robert, Charles, Jake, Jordan

    Front Row: Matt & Sokha, Jayne, Brent & Tully, Rip
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    Matt, nice work on the weight gain. You’re up 20-30lbs since when you first started SS? Did Rip give you a target weight? I laughed when he told me mine way back when, but as usual, he was right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Gillenwater View Post
    Matt, nice work on the weight gain. You’re up 20-30lbs since when you first started SS? Did Rip give you a target weight? I laughed when he told me mine way back when, but as usual, he was right.
    Thanks, Ray. Closer to 40-50lbs. I'm +/- 195 right now, and I think I started around 150, that's about where my weight remained throughout my enlistment and after I got out.

    Rip has never put me on blast for my weight, but he's only seen me after the weight gain, and being sub-5'9", I think I'm less of a target than I would be at where I started. I always thought I'd be satisfied with being 160, but I don't even remember being at 160, I think I just blew right past it.

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    Default Final Stress Application of 2019 at Starting Strength Dallas

    Hey all.

    With 2019 ending in just a few hours, I decided to throw out an invitation to all of our members to share the progress they've made since they joined Starting Strength Dallas. Some made-up names for anonymity.

    Lawrence, 51 yo

    Squat: bodyweight to 220
    DL: 135 to 315
    Press: 65 to 135
    Bench: 115 to 190
    Mike, 36 yo

    Squat- 95 to 315
    Press- 75 to 147.5
    Bench 115 to 187.5
    Deadlift 135 to 280
    Claire, 39 yo

    Uhmmmm...
    Pain and scared to pain free and confident
    Sheldon, 30 yo

    8/11 - Starting Strength Dallas Day 1
    Squat 195 -> 325
    Deadlift 235 -> 345
    Press 95 -> 132.5
    Bench 160 -> 197.5

    First goal for 2020 will be to join the 1000 lb club. 405 Deadlift, 375 Squat, 225 Bench for reps.
    Jeffrey, 28 yo

    4 months (beg. Aug 28). Never touched a barbell before starting.
    Squat: 105 -> 215
    Press: 75 -> 95
    Bench: 75 -> 130
    Deadlift: 135 -> 225
    2020 goal: have fun getting stronger, safely. Hopefully 300lb squat and deadlift.
    Also, make sure all my lifts are higher than my sister's (can't believe I have to make this a goal)
    Craig, 31 yo

    Press 65 -> 90
    Bench 115 -> 170
    Squat 135 -> 180
    Deadlift 135 -> 245

    Started mid August knowing absolutely nothing at LA Fitness, started SS a month ago
    James, 30 yo (Competed in December Stronger Together at WFAC)

    Started 09/02 after starting BB training in 10/2018
    Squat 430 to 450
    Bench 235 to 255
    Deadlift 430 to 488
    Press - going for a 3RM or 5RM tonight
    2020 Goals:
    Squat 500
    Bench 285
    Deadlift 515
    Press 205
    Oliver, 39 yo

    First day 9/21. 20 years since I've touched a barbell, and a couple years removed from a broken leg/3 surgeries. 70# weight loss over preceding 2 years.
    Squat: 65 -> 215
    Press: 43 -> 90
    Bench: 115 -> 147.5
    Deadlift: 135 -> 305
    Bodyweight: +20
    2020 goals: Keep getting stronger!!! 405 deadlift, 225 bench, 315 squat, 135 press
    Kent, 53 yo

    Alrighty, numbers for July 1st through December 31st...
    Squat: 75 x 5 --> 185 x 3 x 5
    Press: 32 x 5 --> 91.5 x 3 x 3
    Bench: 75 x 5 --> 135 x 4 (top set)
    Deadlift: 135 x 5 --> 250 x 3 x 2
    Context: 53 YO, sporadic & inconsistent training since college
    Dan, 54 yo

    A year ago, I had a goal of benching 225. Last night, I reached it! 3x5x225. I had several setbacks over the last year where something would happen as I got close to 225 (right shoulder pain, tricep muscle tear, elbow tendonitis). This time, everything felt right and strong. Before, I felt like I was reaching my limit as I got close to 225. Now, I feel like I have a strong base from which I can continue to increase bench strength. I think having a stronger squat, DL, and press contributes significantly to having a stronger bench. Jayne and Matt, many thanks! And also thanks to my fellow dinner crowd lifters - it is great to train with you guys!
    Ain't progress fun?

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    Quite late with my introduction to this thread, but better late than never!

    Hello everyone, my name is David Hernandez and I am currently interning here at SS - Dallas. I started in October and have had a blast every single day I've set foot into the gym!
    I had the opportunity to go and show my support at the WFAC competition a few weeks ago, and I also got a few squat tips from Rip which were tremendously helpful (now, if only I could actually apply them to improve my squat). I'm very much looking forward to seeing the progress of each and every member as much as my own, and to hopefully begin coaching this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Gillenwater View Post
    Did Rip give you a target weight?
    Do you have one in mind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Aland View Post
    Do you have one in mind?
    How about a target deadlift without restricting body weight? 500lbs.

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