Simba Edition – Starting Strength Weekly Report March 4, 2024


March 04, 2024


Simba Edition

On Starting Strength



  • Surviving a Plane Crash and Living Life –
    Rip speaks with retired Olympic skier Eva Twardokens about her rehab regimen after a plane crash and living life to the fullest rather than simply existing.


  • Squat Depth by Mark Rippetoe –
    The more weight you can squat to the correct depth, the stronger you are. It really is that simple. But when is a “squat” not a squat?


  • Coming Back from a Motorcycle Accident –
    Katie was left with with vertigo and a vestibular condition after a severe motorcycle accident, but training at Starting Strength Boise has led to significant improvement in her quality of life and ability to function.


  • J-Hooks for the Bench Press –
    Starting Strength Coach Zohar Yermiyahu explains where to place the J-hooks or pins for your bench and what happens when the placement is incorrect.


  • In Defense of the Squat for Old People by Nick Delgadillo –
    A loud minority of Internet Fitness Experts (IFEs) are busy proliferating the idea that the squat is of limited use and, in some cases, downright dangerous…
  • Weekend Archives:

    The Coach’s Cue – Breaking the OODA Loop by Gwyn Brookes –
    OODA stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. This concept was first coined by military strategist and USAF colonel John Boyd. It has since become a useful model…
  • Weekend Archives:

    Strength and Conditioning – Conditioning and Strength by Mark Rippetoe –
    Most of the articles and books I write are intended for people just starting their training, for several reasons. First, there are more of you…


In the Trenches

paul racks a snatch at testify strength and conditioning
Paul snatches 72 kg early on Monday morning at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE, as he continues preparing for the annual Testify Leprechaun Lift-off weightlifting meet, which takes place on March 16th. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
gym members holding chalked hands carefully between sets to avoid spreading it around
Foster and Josh chat between sets while taking care to not accidentally cover themselves in chalk at Starting Strength Indianapolis. [photo courtesy of Andrew Lewis]
boston apprentices
Starting Strength Boston apprentices Robert and Chris (center left and right) answered the call put out by St. Joseph’s to help move their statue of St. Mary so that that rug coule be repositioned. As Rip says, strong people are truly are “more useful in general.” [photo courtesy of Robert DelGizzi]

Get Involved

Best of the Week

Blue Skies and Golden Opportunities!

Mr. T

So tell me. How is Wichita Falls,Tx?

I have been contemplating getting out of the general Austin, TX area as of late. I just can’t take what they have turned this place and the surrounding areas into. The entire region has turned into a shit hole.

I want to stay in Texas for now, or at least any conservative state that hasn’t gone completely off the rails…

Is it just another shit town like Bastrop, Texas full of meth and drugged out trash?

I bought my place 15 yrs ago and as luck would have it moved right next door to a meth house full of unemployed shitters….The literal scum of earth that you read about or see in horror movies. Last night, these mother fuckers came in/out/in/out every half hour, from 11pm to 5am. Gee! Wonder what is going on there!? I have grown to despise meth trash…So I am looking at other areas to move before I do something bad.

Mark Rippetoe

Wichita Falls is one of the few towns in the whole world that has not grown at all in the past 70 years. One wonders why. But there’s a decent gym here. And right now the weather is beautiful.

Mr. T

I need to take a ride up that way some time and check it out. You can get more house for your money out there too. The Greater Austin area is so overpriced and over taxed.

Mark Rippetoe

Everywhere in California is that way, including Austin.


Best of the Forum

Throwing up

Ahmedwueru

During my last workout I threw up a total of 9 times. 8 on the squat and 1 on the press. I threw up on the last 3 reps of the first and last set as well as the last 2 reps of the second set and then finally the last rep of the first set of presses as I was lowering the bar.

My last meal was eaten 2 and a half hours before my workout and contained a bowl of pasta and some French fries. I also had a pre workout about an hour before. Any idea why this might have occurred? Am I bracing wrong? Because I didn’t brace on my power cleans and I didn’t throw up but this might have been due to the fact that I had nothing left to throw up.

AndrewLewis

You vomited nine times and decided to finish your workout anyway? Am I reading this right?

Mark Rippetoe

Sounds like you might have been sick.

Johnsonville

This guy is a fucking animal

Mark Rippetoe

An animal would have eaten the vomit. He didn’t mention that.



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