In Powerlifting

September 01, 2007

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A great American and patriot once said, "There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."

As I entered CrossFit San Diego to attend a CrossFit Basic Barbell Certification seminar, I knew what I knew, I knew some things I didn't know, but I really had no idea what I didn't know I didn't know. So much so, it was startling.

The Basic Barbell Certification is a rather new arrow in the ever-growing quiver of CrossFit knowledge imparted in seminar format. Enter Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore from stage right. I could go on and on about Coach Rip and his ability to teach the lifts and work a crowd, but you probably know that. I could go on and on about how Professor Kilgore is a walking almanac of strength training facts and figures, but unless you just walked out of a forest, you probably already know that as well. Both have a list of credentials I cannot begin to cover (perhaps the most immediately relevant, though, being their authorship of Basically Barbells the books Starting Strength and Practical Programming for Strength Training).

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