THEIRS Edition – Starting Strength Weekly Report April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

THEIRS Edition

On Starting Strength

  • Laws of Stupidity, Goals, and Being a Good Grandson –
    Rip answers questions live from Starting Strength Network subscribers and fans.

  • Still Getting Stronger at 80 –
    At Starting Strength Orlando, 80-year-old Alan went from sedentary and rack pulling a wooden dowel to deadlifting 225 for triples from the floor.

  • Introduction to Shotguns, Part 3 – Birdshot vs Buckshot –
    Nick Delgadillo talks about and demonstrates the differences between birdshot vs buckshot and why buckshot is superior for defensive shotgun use.

  • Dumbbells by Mark Rippetoe –
    I have a large collection of dumbbells in the gym. From 7 pounds to 128 pounds in relatively even jumps of about 5 pounds…

  • Want to Get Published on by stef bradford –
    Starting Strength accepts articles and videos on strength training and related topics from coaches and lifters. Every week…
  • Weekend Archives:

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Strength by Adam Lauritzen –
    Fundamentals are the basics, the things that we learn in the beginning of training and which apply at all levels for an entire career…
  • Weekend Archives:

    Rehabilitation by Mark Rippetoe –
    All athletes who train hard enough to compete will get injured. This is the sorry truth of the matter…

In the Trenches

andrew lewis coaches the squat grip

Andrew Lewis explains the grip of the squat in the Squat & Deadlift Camp at Starting Strength Indianapolis – wide enough to get the bar just under the spine of the scapula, but very tight. [photo courtesy of Adam Kacius]
dave squatting a warmup

Dave squats his second to last warm up. Dave had no less than five epiphanies about squat mechanics during the teaching progression of the squat at the Squat & Deadlift Camp at Starting Strength Indianapolis. [photo courtesy of Adam Kacius]
andrew lewis adjusts matt's back position in the deadlift

Matt learns how bent over he needs to be in the deadlift in order to not shove the bar forward of his midfoot by setting up with his butt too low during the Squat & Deadlift Camp at Starting Strength Indianapolis. [photo courtesy of Adam Kacius]
will morris coaching a squat
Will Morris coaches a lifter through the squat at the recent training camp held in Phoenix, AZ. [photo courtesy of Dan Ballinger]
robert santana cues a lifter in the deadlift
Robert Santana gives a lifter a tactile cue on the deadlift during the training camp held in his gym, Weights & Plates. [photo courtesy of Dan Ballinger]
dani deadlifts 340 at starting strength boston
Congratulations to Dani who deadlifted 340 lb for a single at Starting Strength Boston. That’s a PR and also puts her on the national Starting Strength Gyms leaderboard. [photo courtesy of Stephen Babbitt]
three family members training deadlifts at testify strength and conditioning
The whole family is getting strong! Shannon trains at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE, along with her son, Kyam, and her granddaughter, Chloe. Here, they all wrap up Tuesday afternoon’s training by finishing off their deadlifts. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
ethan coaches a lifter in the deadlift
In the 6 a.m. class at Starting Strength Austin, apprentice Ethan Bynon coaches Ryan Turner as Starting Strength Coach Dan Buege looks on. [photo courtesy of David Laws]

Get Involved

Best of the Week

Straps and novices


Hello Mark , if you read this I just want to say that your program has helped me immensely. I appreciate all the Podcasts and articles that you upload for our edification and benefit. Alright now to the point, I am 5’11 230 lbs. I’ve been following the SS novice program for 2 1/2 months. My current lifts are (all lifts are in lbs) 105 overhead press, 140 bench, 210 squat and a 315 deadlift conventional. My deadlift is improving vastly and I am so pleased to see my numbers go up as a young egotistical teen, but I struggle with grip. Past 280 my grip goes out the window, I can get great torso tension and a nice straight back but when I go to push the bar from the ground it just doesn’t rise. Should I work on a hook grip or reverse grip before buying straps?

Best of the Forum

Belt Hack


I’ve struggled to get used to my belt. Stuffs up my setup proprioception, couldn’t even get through all warmups with it on. (It’s a 3 in. 2 ply Bests, so pretty thick) But now, I put it on and rotate it so all the buckle and overlap sits on the lower back leaving just one clean belt layer at the front, works a treat!


Yep, and you’ll also find that things go much better with your cleans and snatches. You’ll be able to keep it closer.

I put mine on with the buckle on the back, just past the side and not centered. This works very well for leverage makes it so it can be tightened correctly without any use of the rack or other help.

Guan Cheng Lin

I also found putting on a belt with the buckle away from the belly button helpful, but I can only adjust the buckle to my side. Beside using a lever belt, can someone suggest a way to position the buckle on the back and maintain proper tightness?

Mark Rippetoe

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