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Ultraviolet Edition – Starting Strength Weekly Report August 21, 2023 Leave a comment

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August 21, 2023

Ultraviolet Edition

On Starting Strength

  • “Elite” Functional Fitness – Rip gets exposed to videos of professional and Division 1 strength and conditioning methods and the crew discuss why the current functional fitness trend is useless.
  • “Assistance” Exercises – What do They Assist? by Mark Rippetoe – The time-honored dogma of barbell training holds that the major exercises must be supplemented by more isolated single-joint muscle group exercises…
  • Strength as a Rite of Passage for Young Men – Ray talks with Benji Nguyen about how strength training has benefited his overall confidence and self-esteem through college and becoming a young man.
  • Veterans and Coaching by James Rodgers – Joining the armed forces will be a massive formative event for a young man or woman who goes through the indoctrination process of basic training…
  • Book Your Free 30-Min Session at a Starting Strength Gym – SSC Ray Gillenwater explains what to expect during your free 30-min session and what happens after you decide to train at a Starting Strength Gym.
  • Weekend Archives: The Skinny Fat Lifter by Robert Santana – One of the most common concerns shared by clients is aesthetics. “Coach, I want to get strong, but I want to lose my belly.”
  • Weekend Archives: Aesthetics and Training by Mark Rippetoe – Most of us started training to look better. A long time ago, the only sources of information about training were a small group of monthly publications…

In the Trenches

aman prepares to squat
Aman was concerned about the bar position on his back and form of his squat overall, both were addressed at the recent coaching day in the heart of London with SSC Byron Johnston. [photo courtesy of Byron Johnston]
parker dog demonstrates the proper way to rest between deadlift sets
At Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE, gym dog Parker demonstrates to Julie the best resting position when preparing for a deadlift work set. Meanwhile, gym dog Milo mostly avoids the camera by sleeping on the dog bed behind the plate tree. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
abby locks out her bench press
Abby locks out her bench press at Starting Strength Cincinnati while her mom and fellow member Angie looks on from the neighboring platform. [photo courtesy of Luke Schroeder]
stephen teaches the deadlift to a group at a boston open house
Stephen teaching deadlift basics to an Open House group at Starting Strength Boston last weekend. [photo courtesy of Arthur Frontczak]

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Best of the Week

Transitioning over to Starting Strength


I am currently running the rippedbody.com beginners powerlifting program, but I want to move over to your SS model.

I am 43 years old. 6 feet tall, 210lbs.

I am due to attempt the following in my next workouts.

Bench Press: 160lbs 3 sets of 3.

Deadlift: 260 lbs 3 sets of 3.

Press: 72 lbs 4 sets of 10

Squat: 187 lbs 3 sets of 4

Row: 132 lbs 4 sets of 10

Bulgarian Split Squats: 100lbs 3 sets of 8

Lat machine: 220lbs 4 sets of 10.

My question is, at what entry point of the SS program should I enter?

Should I jump in straight at the start in phase 1 – Squat, Bench Press/Press (alternating), Deadlift. Phase 2 where deadlifts are alternated with power cleans. Phase 3 where chin ups are introduced. Or phase 4 where a lighter squat day are incorporated?

The reason why I ask is I am just getting back into strength training after a few years off. I was doing strong lifts but I damaged my legs from all the squatting I think and it scared me into quitting.

Mark Rippetoe

Starting Strength

Read this, do exactly what it says. Your current numbers do not justify any modification of the novice program.

Best of the Forum

Rip’s Favourite Music

Steven Kalin

God damn,, I knew after the tunes that were on in the gym at the seminar in October, I was going to like your taste in music. Couple of things. Have you heard of Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans? That’s some modern era country you might like. On the modern blues-ish front, Derek Trucks and Marcus King, check them out. Derek is Butch Trucks’ nephew, and Duane Allman (who I worship) would be proud. Anyway, thanks again, Mark. Texas was a breath of fresh air.

Mark Rippetoe

I’ve got SiriusXM49 on right now.

Steven Kalin

That’s what it was, hey? I had a flirtation with rap in the early 2000s. Then I figured out it wasn’t Biggy and Tupac I liked. It was the samples they used. Marvin, the Isley brothers, etc.

For Corb Lund, start with the album Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer. Pretty sure you’ll like it. Even has some Western swing. (Hard to Keep a White Shirt Clean)

Whoops, those ones from Losin Lately Gambler.

Mark Rippetoe

None of this looks interesting.

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