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Low-Bar vs. High-Bar Squats

By Mark Rippetoe

In Powerlifting

May 01, 2008

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I learned to squat a long time ago. It was 1977, and I had just been in a little altercation that convinced me that I might need to be in a little better shape than I was. I was an Early Adopter of soccer in high school (Texas, 1973-74, nobody knew what the hell we were doing, we had to buy the balls through the mail, football coaches thought we were girls, our soccer… Continue Reading

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Back Squat Geometry Part 2

By Mark Rippetoe

In Powerlifting, Videos

December 01, 2007

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Coaching, according to expert lifting coach Mark Rippetoe, is no more than figuring out what to say to people to get them to move how you want them to move. This will vary from person to person, so, as a trainer, your bag of tricks--your ways of explaining and cueing movement and mechanics--must be broad and diverse. But, before that, you need to understand exactly what's going on in the mechanics of lifting and the body positions it… Continue Reading

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Back Squat Geometry Part 1

By Mark Rippetoe

In Powerlifting, Videos

November 01, 2007

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What constitutes good form for barbell lifts is not a matter of opinion or up for debate, argues lifting coach Mark Rippetoe. Rather, proper mechanics are about understanding the relevant bits of human skeletal anatomy and the principles of force and physics. These are what determine the most efficient, strongest, and mechanically sound body positions for all the lifts and these are what we, as… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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Strong Enough?

By Mark Rippetoe

In Powerlifting

September 01, 2007

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Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general, Coach Mark Rippetoe of Wichita Falls Athletic Club/CrossFit Wichita Fallls writes in Strong Enough? an article that explores the relationship between strength and technique.

Strength is the ability to produce force. It is arguably the most important component in athletics. Strength is dependent on muscle mass, on the nerves that the muscles fire, and on the will of the athlete.

Both strength… Continue Reading

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Popular Biomechanics

By Mark Rippetoe

In Powerlifting

March 01, 2007

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In Popular Bicomechanics Mark Rippetoe of Wichita Falls Athletic Club/CrossFit Wichita Falls says there are objective ways to describe proper form for the basic barbell exercises that are valid for everybody who does them, regardless of their anthropometry.

Any correct pull from the floor—for deadlift, clean, or snatch—will start with the bar directly under the scapulas and against the shins… Continue Reading

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In Powerlifting

November 01, 2006

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It is a rather dim memory, but I have pictures and trophies that I am told are mine. I was once a decent deadlifter. My PR was 633, done on two separate occasions at a bodyweight of 220. So here I offer a new, rather long, analysis of the deadlift.

The start position involves the shoulders being in front of the bar, which is to say, on the other side of the bar from the rest of the… Continue Reading

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Going Deep

By Mark Rippetoe

In Powerlifting

September 01, 2006

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Contrary to what you might hear from some medical professionals, going deep in full squats is a spectacularly good idea, writes Coach Mark Rippetoe, co-author of Starting Strength and owner of Wichita Falls Athletic Club/CrossFit Wichita Falls.

Oftentimes orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and nurses are administering bad advice when the conversation turns towards squatting. Most people have absolutely no idea… Continue Reading

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