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Mark Rippetoe
Mark Rippetoe is the author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training, Strong Enough?, Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity, and numerous journal, magazine and internet articles. He has worked in the fitness industry since 1978, and has been the owner of the Wichita Falls Athletic Club since 1984. He was in the first group certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a CSCS in 1985, and the first to formally relinquish that credential in 2009. Rip was a competitive powerlifter for ten years, and has coached many lifters and athletes, and many thousands of people interested in improving their strength and performance. He conducts seminars on this method of barbell training around the country.

Entries by Mark Rippetoe

The Important Distinction Between Exercising and Training

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:39 AM

This is the time of year when many people turn their thoughts toward physical fitness, some for the first time. Many options are available, and anytime there are many options, there will be a certain amount of confusion. I shall attempt to help you order your thinking regarding fitness programs,...

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The Best Exercise for Strengthening Your Shoulders

(5) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 3:29 PM

Pressing a barbell overhead has somehow acquired the reputation as a dangerous exercise for the shoulders. Doctors and physical therapists routinely advise against the exercise weightlifters refer to as simply The Press on the false assumption that an injury known as "shoulder impingement" is the inevitable result. Not only is...

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One of the Most Underrated Strength Exercises You Can Do

(8) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 4:03 PM

The deadlift is a very simple exercise that basically involves picking a barbell up off the ground and setting it back down. It's a bit more involved than that -- most everything is. And despite the fact that some fitness chains have decided to sell memberships by making fun of...

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Squats Are Safe, But You're Probably Doing Them Wrong

(43) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 7:58 PM


One of the most persistent myths in the entire panoply of conventional exercise wisdom is that squats below parallel are somehow bad for the knees. This old saw is mindlessly repeated by poorly-informed orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and chiropractors all over the...

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CrossFit: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

(10) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 3:24 PM


By Mark Rippetoe

Here's what you need to know...

• CrossFit has done an incredibly good job at popularizing tough training using barbells.

• CrossFit is fine "Exercise" but it's not "Training." The undoubtedly impressive CrossFit Games athletes don't use...

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