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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 Mark Rippetoe | January 15, 2019

Olympic weightlifters use a grip technique that provides enough grip security to hold on to highly-accelerated loads on the barbell. The "hook grip" is useful for general strength training as well, for several reasons.

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