Training Log | fundamentals

Starting Strength in the Real World


by Grant Broggi, SSC | August 13, 2019

How can a unit that trains 38 out of 365 days a year be prepared for battle, to fight alongside the active-duty component? I’ll tell you how. While the current general may have just recently laid out his intent for the Marine Reservists that make up the 4th Mar Div, it’s a summary of what the division has been doing for over 70 years. It’s a concise four points that every Marine can remember even if they only put on the uniform 38 days a year. And if these four points are applied to your training, you will have success in the weight room just as the division does on the battlefield.

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by Rori Alter, DPT SSC | July 23, 2019

Limited funds, time constraints, and proximity to high quality coaches are only some of the reasons that a large percentage of the population doesn’t work with a coach in person. The rise of online coaching services has filled the demands of coachless lifters who spin their wheels trying to get to the next level, continually facing injuries or setbacks, or feeling lost when trying to figure out reps, sets, loads, and this little thing called “stress/recovery/adaptation.”

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by Nicholas Villar | July 16, 2019

“I’m going to change the world,” I told my mom in my early teens. Her response was, “I believe it.” Since then I have grown up, and learned that I probably will never fulfill that promise, but I’m okay with that. I’m not a particularly good-looking man, I don’t have a large stature, and I’m not authoritarian enough to impose my will on others to gain much power, so that dream has since faded. I’ve learned many things since those ignorant and naive years, and none more important than the power of strength training with barbells.

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by Carl Raghavan, SSC | July 09, 2019

I’ve heard this story a hundred times. You probably have too. My client walks into the gym looking confused and a little scared. “This guy came up to me while I was squatting and told me I need to keep my head up or I’ll slip a disc! Is that true? Is my back about to snap in half?!”

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