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Silverback Strength and Conditioning provides private and semi-private instruction including barbell and kettlebell movements in order to help its members achieve their goals inside and outside of the gym. Click above to learn more!

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Strength is the most useful adaptation and is most relevant throughout life. An action as simple as getting off of the toilet depends on the strength to stand up. Click the link above to see some testimonials!

The Starting Strength Method

The method outlined in Mark Rippetoe’s text Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training 3rd Ed exploits the ability of a new lifter to adapt to progressively increasing stress and thus produces impressive results in a short period of time.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Strength Article

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Part of the argument is not that Eddie Hall beats Marcelo Garcia in a grappling match, rather that Marcelo Garcia would be more of a monster if he were stronger. Another part is that “functional” training is not as functional as strength training.   Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Strength

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Coach or Babysitter?

A coach is an instructor, whether it be martial arts, football, or weight lifting. They should have an understanding deep enough to explain it effectively to others so that the people they are coaching perform a given task correctly, efficiently and that they improve faster than the coach did in their progression. A coach is

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Training With Low Back Pain

Will Morris DPT presenting on training with low back pain to the Starting Strength Coaches Association. Imagine being twenty years old and a doctor telling you that you will never be able to train again, that this point in time is the absolute peak of your health, simply terrible.

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Winter Is Coming

Being cold sucks, be warm instead. These limited quantity items will do the job. The heavyweight zip up sweatshirt (grey) features a thermal lining and a durable shell screen printed to last. 60/40 polyester/cotton blend available in Men’s sizes XS, S, M, XL, 2XL (Sorry no L). $50 includes shipping to US addresses. The lightweight

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Starting Strength Online Coaching Launching Soon!

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Coaching helps people get better results faster than had they run through the process of trial and error alone. People seek out coaching for this reason. Online coaching provides flexibility in location and schedule for folks that have no access to an in-person coach. However, the internet is dark and full of terrors. Sometimes it

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The Doctors Are In With Some Knowledge

Doctors Baraki and Fiegenbuam discuss the idea of screening an asymptomatic client before begining training in this article. Is the functional movement screening (FMS) necessary before beginning barbell training? Probably not. Despite what your mother told you, it is unlikely that you are special snowflake. Every month people attend the Starting Strength Seminars with out any

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Niki Sims With a Contribution to Help HuMANity

Starting Strength Coach Niki Sims provides insight into a common problem: coaching a significant other, sometimes referred to as “mansplaining”. Many of us want to share the benefits of barbell training with our favorite people. While we’re “just trying to help,” we probably won’t accomplish this. To help paint this in your mind, I want you

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Iron for Back Pain

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In this article Dr. Jonathan Sullivan discusses the benefits of lifting against the scourge of back pain. In his personal experience he has had less back pain since he started lifting heavy in his 50s than when he didn’t train in his 30s and 40s. I Take Iron For Back Pain

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Read This Only If You Value Your Time

There are many ways to warm up for training, Some more efficient than others. If you are losing training time because of warm up time, here are somethings to think about. Warm Up    

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Dr. Baraki on Silly Bullshit, Special Snowflakes, and Pain

Dr. Austin Baraki joins Rip for a three part podcast. These three podcast compliment each other and all have useful information that will make you a smarter patient. Increase your skepticism level: Silly Bullshit. Despite what your mother says, it is unlikely that you are a Special Snow Flake. Learn about Pain.

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The Official Silverback Shirt Launch: Limited Run

The product of the finest Madagascan polyester worms spun into a moister wicking garment that won’t shrink or fade, yet is soft and comfortable like cotton. The raglan cut provides the freedom for your deltoids to breathe and extra length for the vertically gifted. The lady’s t-shirt is a similar cut but features a tasteful

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Easy Doesn’t Work: A Panel Review of a Study of ‘Resistance’ Training

When asked about why they are doing something they are doing, training programs, diets, support of a particular policy, people will often say, “they did a study!” Which usually means a study was done, interpreted by a journalist with limited skepticism because he likes the results already for his story, thrust into media as scientific gospel,

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Ask Rip #32

In this video Rip answers questions about the difference in training between males and females with some discussion about the vertical jump test (probably the best test for explosive potential and muscle fiber recruitment). The difference is important to understand if you hope to help women achieve high levels of athletic performance or just get

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Sleep Revisited and Expanded

Sleep is important even if you are not training. Sleep is especially important if you are training. The videos below are a little older but the message is still relevant. The first video is a brief discussion by Dr. Kirk Parsley filmed for SEALFIT where he summarizes some of the effects of lack of sleep

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Niki Sims Feelings vs Data 3 part Podcast

Mark Rippetoe and Niki Sims discuss the value of quantifiable data versus the value of feelings with regard to training. Feelings can be subjective, such as “I feel fat today” whereas numbers are objective, such as hip and waist measurements or the progress of weights recorded in a logbook. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

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Strength In Combat Article

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A nation’s survival is dependent on many things, not the least of which is its ability to endure conflict. The last resort is an armed clash of wills to resolve irreconcilable differences between belligerents, also known as war. The idea is to make the government we disagree with do what we want them to do by

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Dr Sullivan on the CRO Podcast

Dr. Sullivan is a Starting Strength Coach and owner of Grey Steel Strength and Conditioning in Farmington, MI. Dr. Sullivan’s practice helps older adults get stronger and have a high quality of life as they age. In the podcast CRO host Kyle Cronauer and Sully discuss major points of strength training and cardiovascular training for

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AJ wins Gold

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The 11th of July AJ competed for the USPA Jr National Championship, and won. His best lifts were 484/325/573, squat, bench and deadlift respectively. Although AJ wasn’t personally pleased, it was enough to win. Below is his interview with KOLO 8 Reno.     AJ wins gold at USPA Nationals

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Barbells: The Best Tool For Strength

The barbell can be intimidating, especially when you have never used it before, but the affects of the tool have many innate benefits that other implements simply can’t produce as well. Every person can benefit from being stronger, and the barbell was designed to make people stronger. This discussion will compare and contrast various implements

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Get Your Kool Aid Here!

This article takes a somewhat condescending tone towards those that have left the L. Ron Glassman’s Cult for weightlifting. The question is posed, “You put 15 kg on your deadlift this year, but are you a better Crossfitter?” I would rather ask, 1. Why only 15 kg over a year? and 2. What is the

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Crossfit a Passing Fad? Not Likely

Crossfit has done a lot for the fitness industry, not the least of which is reminding people that hard work actually gets results. This article asserts that Crossfit is a passing trend like Zumba, I disagree. The Crossfit community has been built on shared suffering, arbitrary programming to avoid boredom,  and a cult like sense

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Aging, Resistance Training and Metabolic Syndrome

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Dr. Sullivan gives an hour lecture with some Q&A for the remainder of the video. I apologize for the audio quality, but there are subtitles. Aging is something that everyone does, some better than others. How well we age is determined by what we do in our youth, much like retirement. Unlike retirement though, if you

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Mark Rippetoe Interview by the Guys from Onnit

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In this interview Rip discusses why there are multiple editions of both books. It’s not the same reason as your textbooks  from school. When the method or writing can be improved it’s time for a new edition. People that teach anything should be able to answer the question “why?” when their students ask. Rip also

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It’s Time to Start Training

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Do you have training plans for next year, or are you planning to exercise? Training implies that you are working toward a goal. Exercising is often confused with training, but is less effective.The best time to start training is as soon as you know you have a goal or want to make a change. Holidays

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Dr. Petrizzo on Injuries: The Finale

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The third part of Dr. Petrizzo’s lecture from the Starting Strength Coaches Conference begins with the knee, because you know, squats will destroy your knees.   Dr. Petrizzo on Injuries pt 3  

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Everyone Can Benefit From Having A Coach, Even A Coach

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As weights get heavier small flaws in form creep in making lifts harder, at a point when the loudest thought in your mind is “this is heavy.” You can get through the lift but not as cleanly as you would have liked. At some point this will happen in everyone’s training. So what can you

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Fun With the Shoulder!

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The second part of Dr. Petrizzo’s injury presentation. Dr. Petrizzo Weightlifting Injury Presentation pt 2 The first part has been included for convenience. Dr. Petrizzo Weightlifting Injury Presentation pt 1  

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Sleep, It’s Important

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Here is a Ted Talk by Dr. Kirk Parsley regarding sleep. Having seen a different presentation in person, his story went like this: Dr. Parsley was a Navy SEAL, went to medical school and came back to the teams as a physician. He was given a federally funded facility for sports injuries and the number one complaint

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A Guide for the Novice

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This Bodybuilding.com article is a condensed guide for the novice lifter written by Starting Strength Coach Michael Wolf. Keep in mind that the Starting Strength definition of novice concerns how long it takes for you to recover from a workout, not how many years you’ve been training or how much you lift. You are a

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Dr. John Petrizzo On Injuries

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This is an awesome presentation that helps define injuries so everyone is talking about the same thing. The studies and statistics present a picture of how safe weight lifting really is, despite the conventional wisdom that weight lifting will destroy your joints and thus your life. Also he takes time to specifically identify information regarding

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AJ’s Year Long Journey

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AJ has been training specifically training for strength for a year now. Here are his words and his numbers illustrating what can happen with dedication and a well thought out and executed training program. You did the work man “Today marks a year of strength training/powerlifting! There is no secret, and I didn’t use anything

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5 Fitness Myths That Need to Die

This was recently published on Barbell Medicine and is worth posting here. It is brief but also gives references to were the information of each section came from so you can check it out yourself. It’s important to understand the sources of what we use to make arguments or we’re just repeating “broscience” conjecture. Jordan is

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Starting Strength Camps Series!

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Silverback Strength and Conditioning is very excited to host all three Starting Strength Camps on three consecutive weekends in January. Each camp will begin with a lecture covering theory, anatomy, and some physics. The day will then continue with a practical application session where participants will get time to perform the lifts while being coached. A

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Thanksgiving Week

Jeanne makes the Weekly Report with a solid deadlift set at 190lbs, good job! Check out the rest of the report for Mac Ward and Dr. John Petrizzo’s contribution to the forum regarding herniated discs and foot drop. It has a nice testimonial and some good guidance.   Starting Strength Weekly Report 11/24/2014

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Mayo Clinic Blurb Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier

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Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier The Mayo Clinic gives some very good reasons why you should train for strength. The programming recommendations are less than optimal for gaining the most strength quickly, but it is at the very least good to see the organization moving in the direction of strength for all ages.

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Nerd Fitness: Staci

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Meet Staci Staci has made quite a fitness odyssey, beginning at age 25 weighing 170 lbs, a year later at 117 lbs, and the following year weighed 140 lbs, but deadlifting 315 lbs (2 1/4 times her body weight). The article is quite thorough not only telling the story but gives an example of her

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Meet and Meat

The Meet and Meat was an awesome success! It was good to see some old friends and make some new ones. The food was plentiful and delicious, contributing to the enjoyment of all. Below are some pictures from the day.   Thank you to everyone for coming out!

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A Member’s Journey

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One of Silverback’s clients was featured in this week’s Starting Strength Report. I am taking this opportunity to share some of Brenda’s story. Brenda was referred by a family member late last year. When she walked in for her first workout Brenda was unable to air squat below parallel without losing her balance. The work

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An Osteopenia Question

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Osteopenia and Weightlifting Osteopenia and osteoporosis are problems that confront many people, especially women, as they age. Both conditions are essentially an increase in fragility of bones. This is why falling down as one gets older my be a catastrophic event. In the link below Dr. Anthony Komaroff a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School

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USPA Central California Open

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This past weekend AJ (19)  and Avneet (17) Chhabra traveled to Fresno to compete in the Jr Men’s and Jr Women’s Raw divisions. Both lifters had a good day and set some personal records. Despite advice from the crowd to “look up,”  90 kg (198 lb) AJ posted the heaviest squat of the morning session

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Fitness Crazed Article

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Fitness Crazed by Dan Duane Writer Dan Duane gives a brief description of what is wrong with the fitness industry and then goes on to explain how he came to Starting Strength. Dan also shares some of his experience on the program.

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Initial Gains

In the article below Mark Rippetoe explains why it is easier to make bigger gains when you start a program than it is two, three or nine months into it. Many people are excited about initial success in programs like crossfit and P90X but are confused as to why they don’t continue, this should help

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