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Starting Strength in the Real World


by Jen Smith | May 31, 2022

Every squat presents a moment of decision. An inch above depth, the lifter has a split-second to decide between complete and incomplete. He can either do the whole rep, or he can let the bar drop on the safeties; he can do the hard thing or the easier thing...

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by Andrew Lewis, SSC | May 24, 2022

Failure occurs for three primary reasons: giving up, technical failure, and strength failure – each addressed in order of likelihood for a novice. Determining which occurred requires feedback in one form or another. The best feedback is a coach. The next best feedback is a video recording of the set.  

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by Tyler Perkins | May 10, 2022

Behind every man on testosterone replacement, there is a story of wasted money, wasted time, medical quackery, and possibly some unnecessary fondling. So, I would like to share a few of my own experiences that I am sure are common enough among those searching for help[.]

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by Andrew Lewis, SSC | May 03, 2022

Can the average man deadlift 500lb? Yes. Will they? No. An average man has the physical potential to deadlift 500lb, but it takes a lot of elements coming together to make it happen. It's not enough for him to go to the gym three times a week, do the lifts, and go home.

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by Gregory Hess | April 26, 2022

The methods, as detailed in Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training 3rd ed., are best implemented with a small coach to lifter ratio for the most efficient and effective outcomes. With this understood and acknowledged, circumstances exist where knowledgeable coaches must operate in less-than-ideal instructional and training frameworks. The following is an approach to the organization and arrangement of the Starting Strength Method utilized with a large collegiate class.  

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