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Starting Strength in the Real World

by Brent J Carter, SSC | May 21, 2019

There are many things that differentiate Starting Strength from the rest of the fitness industry malarkey. Our methods have been built from a ground-up systems-based approach. Our coaches know what the hell they are doing. Our program produces results year after year for thousands and thousands of clients; theirs do not.

Another example of how we are very different is that you rarely hear our coaches tell a client to use a particular muscle group.

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by Emily Socolinsky, SSC | April 02, 2019

The bench is a full-body lift and an excellent exercise to help people understand how to stabilize the shoulders. It is not just a lying-down press, although it looks like it might be – just lie down on the bench, grab the bar and start benching, right?

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by Inna Koppel, SSC | March 26, 2019

As a coach in a female-only facility, I find myself commonly addressing a problem seen in my lifters – lower back overextension. This is due to a lack of abdominal strength and a natural proclivity to extension.

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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 | 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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