Fire Ring Edition – Starting Strength Weekly Report October 16, 2023

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October 16, 2023

Fire Ring Edition

On Starting Strength

  • Fossil Future
    – Rip talks to Alex Epstein about the need for increased usage and accessibility of fossil fuels, the advantages of fossil fuel consumption, the impact on global warming, and the role of nuclear energy.

  • Eight Angles of the Squat
    – Newer coaches may find it helpful to see the same squat from multiple vantage points simultaneously. It’s important to move around the lifter during the set and understand how a correctly performed squat looks from different angles.

  • MD, Gym Owner, 300 lb Deadlifter
    – Megan Yeh, co-owner of SS Columbus, and Ray Gillenwater discuss the responsibilities of being a hospitalist, the advantages of strength training, and the common tendency of individuals to overlook their health.

  • Layback: Safe and Effective by James Rodgers –
    One thing that is guaranteed to draw a lot of attention or admiration from concerned onlookers is to overhead press a heavy weight with a lot of layback…

  • Coming Soon: Austin, Part II
    – Starting Strength Austin-Sunset Valley is coming on November 6! SSC Mark Diffley discusses the welcoming atmosphere in the gym (no bro stuff here), teaching the program, and guaranteeing results for anyone.

  • Weekend Archives:

    Your Back Trail by John F. Musser –
    At the end of the day you can’t do anything about it. You’re right, her family is huge. There are brothers, sisters, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins…

  • Weekend Archives:

    Academic Preparation by Mark Rippetoe–
    The academic preparation necessary for becoming an effective coach is not being provided by the vast majority of Exercise Physiology programs in this country…

In the Trenches

seh huan kiat squats 237.5 kg at the world masters powerlifting championships

Seh Huan Kiat squatting 237.5kg at his first international meet – the World Masters Powerlifting Championships held earlier this week in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He lifted in the M1, U120kg category. [photo courtesy of Shaun Pang]

adam demonstrates the deadlift at the starting strength seminar

Adam Williford demonstrates the deadlift during the Starting Strength Seminar held at WFAC this past weekend. [photo courtesy of Nick Delgadillo]

deb coaches ian during the deadlift session at the starting strength seminar

Deb Holbert coaches Ian Rossi during the deadlift platform session at the Starting Strength Seminar in Texas. [photo courtesy of Nick Delgadillo]

amanda coaches mary to set her back in the deadlift

Head Coach Amanda Sheppard shows Mary, 72, how to set her back for the deadlift. [photo courtesy of Ryan Verdi]

loren locks out 212.5 set of five deadlifts at testify strength and conditioning

Loren locks out 212.5 lb as he finishes his set of five on Friday morning at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]

three sscs meet up in korea

Three SSCs converge at Kim’s Seoul, South Korea gym, “Easy Strength.” Left to right: Kyoungha Kim, Inyhuk Eun, and Andrew Lewis [photo courtesy of Andrew Lewis]

kim coaches inhyuk in the squat in seoul

Kim coaches Inhyuk Eun’s squat at his gym, Easy Strength in Seoul, South Korea. [photo courtesy of Andrew Lewis]

andrew cues back tightness for the squat

Andrew cues back tightness for the squat at SSC Kim’s gym in Seoul, South Korea. [photo courtesy of Andrew Lewis]

katie practices the rack position as she learns the power clean

Katie practices the rack position as she learns the power clean. [photo courtesy of Ethan Bynon]

Get Involved

Best of the Week

Best Steak in or Around Wichita Falls


I’ll be at the seminar this weekend and have been told that no trip to Texas is complete without a good steak.

I’ll be in town an extra day after the seminar and although I’d prefer to stay local I am willing to drive within 2 hours if need be. I can head home to Memphis either through Oklahoma or Dallas, so if it’s on the way, I’ll take either route.

If there isn’t a good steak, I’ve heard the BBQ brisket is good. I’ll drive for good BBQ too.

Looking forward to seeing y’all.

Mark Rippetoe

That’s a tough one, since there is essentially no outstanding steak on a plate in WF. Texas Best on Maplewood has a good ribeye, but if you’re going to be in Dallas anyway eat at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse on Lombardy. Best in the state.

Best of the Forum

Bench width for kids


My daughter likes to lift with me sometimes. She’s a young female person and my bench is too high and wide for her. I’m going to make one but haven’t decided what size to make it. I’m leaning towards making it an inch or so higher than the distance from her heel to the back of her knee. Have you got any sort of guidelines for width? I’m thinking of measuring the distance between her shoulder blades and then use whatever wood I’ve got that’s close to that.

Mark Rippetoe

Make her a 10″ wide bench at standard height, and shim up her feet with plates or blocks.

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