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Starting Strength in the Real World

by stef bradford, PhD, SSC | December 20, 2023

The beauty of using the basic barbell lifts to get strong is that all of them demand the dynamic involvement and coordination of the entire body. The means the system is trained as whole, as nerve activates muscle to move bones to operate joints against the stable positions held by other muscles and bones as we balance the load through the lift. 

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by Mark Rippetoe | August 29, 2023

The “Olympic Press” – the form of the overhead press we teach – uses a lot of whole-body movement to drive the bar overhead. It is essentially a “throw,” since it depends on momentum generated by the dynamic movement of the hips and legs to start the bar up off the shoulders. 

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by Mark Rippetoe | August 09, 2023

The deadlift involves more than just pulling the bar off the floor. It is not an idiot's lift, although you might get that impression at a powerlifting meet. The mechanics of pulling the bar off the floor are not immediately apparent, and were not actually described in detail until the publication of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training 3rd edition in 2011. The short version is...

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by Phil Meggers, SSC | April 25, 2023

The descent of your squat is important. It should put you in a strong bottom position so that you can effectively drive your hips out of the hole, so let’s discuss a cue – really a trio of cues – that will help you achieve the correct bottom position for your squat.

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