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Petrichor Edition – Starting Strength Weekly Report September 18, 2023 Leave a comment

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September 18, 2023

Petrichor Edition

On Starting Strength

  • Neuromuscular Disease, Training Kids in Season, and Elbow Replacement – Rip answers questions live from Starting Strength Network subscribers and fans.
  • Fear in Barbell Training (and How to Overcome it) by Steve Ross – The benefits of barbell training are numerous and well-documented. From improvements in lean muscle mass, bone density, connective tissue integrity, and the neuromuscular system…
  • How to Become an Intermediate – Ray and Nick review the steps in the NLP and go through progressions to intermediate programming for each lift and examples of common issues with making changes.
  • Upper Body Specialization: Who, What, When by Chase Lindley – There is a lot of talk on when and how to start specializing the upper body movements. The question of “When can I do ‘X’ exercise like ‘Y’ lifter does?” consumes a new lifter’s brain…
  • Trusting the Methodology – Dr. Ryan Berlin, a chiropractor who trains at SS Cincinnati, wants to make the next ten years his strongest as he starts his fight against muscular atrophy.
  • Weekend Archives: Halting Deadlift – Starting Strength Coach Chase Lindley explains why halting deadlifts are added to training and explains how to perform them correctly.
  • Weekend Archives: When to Omit the Power Clean by Mark Rippetoe – As we have said many times, not everybody needs to do the power clean. This has been repeatedly interpreted to mean, “I don’t need to do the power clean.”

In the Trenches

rip coaches kim through the squat at the self-sufficient lifter camp
Mark Rippetoe coaches Kim’s squats during the Self-Sufficient Lifter Training Camp held at WFAC this past weekend. Next week you can join him in the Houston area for the Starting Strength Workshop. [photo courtesy of Nick Delgadillo]
tony warms up his deadlift at the self-sufficient lifter camp in wichita falls
Tony warms up his deadlift during the Self-Sufficient Lifter Training Camp at WFAC. [photo courtesy of Nick Delgadillo]
lee at depth in his squat at starting strength beaverton
Lee hits depth at 305# on a sunny Monday at SS Beaverton. [photo courtesy of ddddd]
julie and sharon photo at testify strength and conditioning
Julie and Sharon both celebrated birthdays (one day apart!) this week. Five years ago, these women started training on the same day. They both squatted 26 lb for their work sets that first day, and since then, they both have squatted above 200 lb numerous times and deadlifted well over that. As both moms and grandmothers, they show their families what it means to be strong. [photo courtesy of Testify Strength & Conditioning]

Get Involved

Best of the Week

How strong is strong enough?


I hear Mark talking about how bad his shoulders and knees are getting. It has me thinking how this plays out long term. When I get through the novice phase, is it OK to maintain? Do I need to lift heavier and heavier and heavier? If I’m strong, and I’m happy with my weight totals in each lift, can I just stay at those weights and maintain my strength? If I’m deadlifting 400lbs do I need to go to 500lbs? What is the best way to maintain strength and joint health?

Mark Rippetoe

You don’t need to do anything. But when you get your deadlift to 400, your perspective may change.

Best of the Forum

Right knee pain.


I did heavy leg presses without warmup and now my right knee is injured.

I have a sharp pain in the right knee at the bottom position of the squat. I rested for a week and it was fine and I was able to do squats without barbell without any pain, but the pain came back when I did squats with 20kg warm up set. How do I manage my injury? How long do I refrain from squatting?

Thanks for your time!


You might have torn your meniscus

Mark Rippetoe

Hell, he might have. Consistent with the symptoms. This is also good.


I’d like to point out that the pain occurs only when in a certain position, a few inches above the bottom of the squat. Above and beyond that position there’s no pain. Pain also occurs when doing lunges. I’m refraining from squatting and other leg work till it heals. Only doing leg extensions.

Mark Rippetoe

Yes. Lunges and leg extensions on a knee injury. Do those. Best thing you could possibly do. Excellent. You have this figured out.


What should i do then? Should I just take a week or two off until it heals?

Mark Rippetoe

Oh, yeah. Take a layoff for a knee injury. Best thing you can do every time you get hurt. Just sit there. Don’t move at all. Let it heal. Absolutely. I’ve always said this. Let it heal. I mean, how can it heal if you move it, right?

Maybe you should spend some time reading this board before you post again.

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