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Starting Strength in the Real World


by David Heon | January 04, 2022

The seminar taught me a whole lot about what I didn’t know, but it also taught me about what was important, and more critically, what was possible. All those times that I sat in the gym and watched from afar those few special characters in the far corner lifting superhuman weights while the rest of us simply fooled around in the gym pretending to accomplish something. Was accomplishing something really possible at my age?

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by Phil Meggers, SSC | August 10, 2021

The process of receiving (i.e., “catching” or “racking”) the power clean often poses a problem for new lifters. Sometimes, this is because a lifter struggles to jam his elbows forward and up to provide a shelf for the bar to rest upon. But today, we’re going to examine the problem of not using your hips and knees effectively when receiving a power clean.  

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by Mia Inman, PhD, SSC | July 27, 2021

At the start of the deadlift the lifter is taught to initiate the pull by extending the knees – “cued” to push the floor away. This elicits a strong contraction of the quadriceps which, assuming efficient force transfer through the kinetic chain, results in the barbell leaving the floor.

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by Pete Troupos, SSC | July 20, 2021

Sometimes we take for granted people’s ability to breathe and brace while training. It seems so natural and simple, yet trainees still find ways to mess it up by: 1) not getting a big enough breath initially or 2) not bracing as hard as they can before each rep.  

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by Robert Santana, MS, RD, SSC | July 13, 2021

Watching people move under a bar teaches you all sorts of things. Bad habits, bad ideas, and bad genes all encompass the problem that is “bad form.” This has allowed coaches like me to expand our practice beyond working with lifting enthusiasts to helping your parent or grandparent who complains about back pain, avoids bending over, and quite frankly has “zero idea what is going on with his back at any point in time” – a quote I stole from an old Rip article that I am constantly reminded of with many clients.

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