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Starting Strength in the Real World

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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by Mark Rippetoe | February 12, 2019

I'm going to make an obvious observation here: when you bench press, you're laying on your back, so looking up is kind of a foregone conclusion. However, the way in which you look up has an incredibly important bearing of your execution of the movement pattern. Stare at the ceiling.

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by Mark Rippetoe | February 05, 2019

For reasons I cannot understand, our recommended eye gaze direction for the squat – looking down at the floor in front of you – is controversial. This is odd, because looking up at the ceiling (apparently the Right Thing To Do) results in your neck being placed in extreme overextension.

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by Mark Rippetoe | January 29, 2019

If your heavy deadlifts move up your thighs in a series of "jumps," you are performing what is called "hitching the bar." Hitches are illegal in powerlifting competition, but they are also a bad idea in general. Here's why.

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by stef bradford, PhD, SSC | January 22, 2019

39 lifters arrived at Wichita Falls Athletic Club Saturday, January 19 ready to compete in the 2019 United States Strengthlifting Federation Championship Meet. After turning in their first attempt weights, lifters had time to greet fellow lifters, review their strategy with their coaches, and start settling in for the long day ahead...

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