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Starting Strength in the Real World


by Nick Delgadillo, SSC | August 18, 2021

Even though the barbell lifts are simple, their proper execution isn’t easy, especially when they’re part of a strength program that requires consistent incremental loading over time. People tend to overcomplicate everything and focus too much attention on things that aren’t really big problems while ignoring the critical aspects of performing the lifts efficiently and safely.  

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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 stef bradford, PhD, SSC | August 04, 2021

A statement often thrown around at the gym or in online discussions of training is "I'm just going to work on technique." It's one of two or three of those Things People Say that put me at risk of breaking my teeth. 

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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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