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Gather Edition – Starting Strength Weekly Report December 4, 2023 Leave a comment

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December 04, 2023

Gather Edition

On Starting Strength

  • Haters to Lovers, Rusty’s Eyes, and Dunkin’ Donuts –
    Rip answers questions from Starting Strength Network subscribers and fans.

  • Tips to Not Let Your Bench Press Kill You –
    If you’re already unattractive, dropping a barbell on your face is just going to make things worse. SSC Zohar Yermiyahu highlights typical errors people make when taking the bar off the rack.

  • Garlic Butter Shrimp –
    Rip demonstrates how to make garlic butter shrimp.

  • The Economics of Training by Mark Rippetoe –
    Time is money, as they say. Training takes time, so there is an element of economy to be considered…

  • The Iron Plate Problem –
    It’s really not a problem, as Rip explains.
  • Weekend Archives:

    Stopping the Spread of Misinflammation by Jonathon Sullivan –
    The one thing everybody knows about inflammation, even your dog, is that it sucks. Your injured paw (or whatever) is hot, swollen, tender, and throbbing…
  • Weekend Archives:

    Can You Put Your Kids on a Strength Training Program? by Mark Rippetoe –
    Can my kids train for strength? Can they do the squat, press, and deadlift with me when I go to the gym?

In the Trenches

Meet Report

The annual Testify Christmas Classic weightlifting meet took place this Saturday (12/02/23) at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE, and you can view a recording of the meet here.

aubrey racking a 39 kg snatch
Aubrey snatches 39 kg at the Christmas Classic weightlifting meet this past weekend at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. Aubrey went 5-for-6 and set a PR for her total. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
dawson with an 85 kg clean and jerk
Dawson nails an 85 kg clean-and-jerk for his 3rd attempt at the Testify Christmas Classic meet. Dawson set PRs in the snatch, clean-and-jerk, and total, and he looks to blow those numbers out of the water at the Testify Leprechaun Lift-off in March. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
paul clean and jerks 85 kg
Paul is a Renaissance man of the lifting world and just wrapped up competing in a strengthlifting meet, a benching competition, and now the Testify Christmas Classic weightlifting meet – all within 50 days. Here, Paul hits 85 kg for his 3rd attempt clean-and-jerk at the Christmas Classic, where he set PRs in the snatch, clean-and-jerk, and total. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]

Get Involved

Best of the Week



How long after one is it safe to train?

Mark Rippetoe

I don’t know. What did they tell you?

Jason Donaldson

They told me two weeks for mine. In the grand scheme of things, if you’re otherwise strongly compliant, two weeks is a minor interruption.

I was still uncomfortable with being out for two weeks, mind you…but the description of what could go wrong if it started bleeding before it healed included the phrase, “grapefruit-sized.”

I waited the two weeks.


That degree of shrinkage would worry me as well.

Best of the Forum

Starting Strength Radio

Andy Crawford

Any plans for more episodes per week in the future? I really enjoy them from Q&A to all the guests. I’ve been going back and listening to several on cholesterol and testosterone lately.

Mark Rippetoe

Not something we’ve considered. After all, I’m not Joe Rogan.


Next time Rogan calls, you might discuss it with him.

Mark Rippetoe

He won’t be calling back. I told him to stop bothering me every week.

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