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Starting Strength in the Real World


by Mark Rippetoe | March 19, 2019

We are often asked about books to read for information on the lifts and programming. I really hate to be this way, but if I thought there were valuable sources of information on strength training that presented an equally valid approach to our method, I'd tell you. But there aren't, and that's why we wrote the books we publish.

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by Diego Socolinsky, SSC | March 12, 2019

A common problem with the press is confusing hips-forward with leaning back. Both of them will get the head of of the way and initiate a rebound, but leaning back will make the bar rebound forward of the shoulder, rather than up and backward as desired.

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by Mark Rippetoe | March 05, 2019

The most common problem in videos submitted for technical critique is a back angle in the squat that is not nearly horizontal enough to be efficient. For various reasons, most people think the back should be as vertical as possible in the squat, and nothing could be further from the truth.

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by Inna Koppel, SSC | February 26, 2019

One of the many ways that the Starting Strength method of training is distinguished from all other training programs is the way progress is rigorously documented. This process begins from the first day at the gym when the lifter begins recording their training from the first session

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by Mark Rippetoe | February 19, 2019

Muscles contract. They generate force by getting shorter while anchored at each end to two bones separated by a joint, this creating leveraged movement of the skeleton. Large combinations of these leverage units coordinate to producing force against the physical elements of the environment, thus facilitating human movement.

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