Training Log | fundamentals

Starting Strength in the Real World


by Inna Koppel, SSC | April 23, 2019

A safe squat begins with an often overlooked fundamental step: determining your squat stance. Since everyone's anthropometry differs, their stances will differ as well, but this basic setup will allow for a good starting point.

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by Grant Broggi, SSC | April 16, 2019

In 2011 while stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma I began going to a local gym owned by Jim Denofa, who is now a good friend of mine. I had been weight training for some time, utilizing the big lifts and linear progression-style lifting, but I had never really received any coaching on how to correctly do any of the movements...

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by Mark Rippetoe | April 09, 2019

Depends on why you're squatting. If you are squatting to get as much muscle mass as strong as possible over the longest effective range of motion, you sure can squat too deep. Here's why:

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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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