Caitlyn Slays 100lb Press

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Caitlyn Slays 100lb Press

Caitlyn has been working towards this goal for a while and finally achieved it on the 28th of December 2017. This was the result of a planned progression, patient application of sensible programming, and  her personal dedication to training. Caitlyn is currently a Masters Student of Biotechnology at University of Nevada, Reno. She has also qualified for the USPA National Meet in July. Good job Caitlyn!

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Iron for Back Pain

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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AJ wins Gold

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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Mark Rippetoe Interview by the Guys from Onnit

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 discusses starting the program, training (as opposed to exercise) and some physics (strength as it relates to power).

And finally an inspirational from Rip: “Get up off of your lazy asses and get something accomplished, because you can.”


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It’s Time to Start Training

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 are over now it time to get to work.

Why You Should Make Strength Training Your New Years Resolution

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Everyone Can Benefit From Having A Coach, Even A Coach

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 do? Sure you could film yourself, but there are a few problems with that. One problem is that generally you can only get one angle of your lift. Another problem is the lack of immediate feedback for each repetition as they occur, meaning you have to wait to see the film before you can make an adjustment. The superior option is to get a coach. A coach can (and should) look at the movement from multiple angles and give you feedback with adjustments while you are under the bar.

I am fortunate to have Starting Strength Coach Nick Delgadillo right here in Reno. Nick and I met at Silverback Strength and Conditioning and got to work. I knew something wasn’t quite right with my squat but I couldn’t put my finger on it. As expected the warm up weights were fine, and as I got into my work set I was relaxing my low back a little bit. Obviously I couldn’t see this, but Nick could. I had the feedback to correct the problem right then, and be aware of it for the future. Had I not talked to Nick I would have wasted training time, maybe weeks or months, until I figured it out on my own. As it happens I was able to progress in the following squat session and it felt great. Still heavy, still challenging but I didn’t have to wonder about my form.

The moral of the story is: get a good coach. Right now. Everyone needs a coach, even coaches. A fresh, trained pair of eyes that can see what you can’t will only benefit you. It will save you time on the way to achieving your goals.

Adam Lauritzen
President, Silverback Strength and Conditioning

on up


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A Guide for the Novice

This 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 novice if you can recover from a workout, meaning you can add weight to the bar in a given lift in about 24-72 hours after each workout. A good coach will exploit this rapid recovery, saving time and getting the lifter stronger sooner. When the lifter can longer does this they have ceased to be a novice.

Given this definition, someone who was once and advanced competitive athlete that was very strong but has since stopped training due to injury or life, would be a novice when they started training again. The only difference is their novice period may be shorter in length depending on circumstance.

Without further ado:

Novice Lifters Start Here by Michael Wolf







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Dr. John Petrizzo On Injuries

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 the lack of negative effect on growth plate cartilage in young lifters. Basically, quality coaching reduces the risk of injury when trying and if you already have something going on a good coach can help you train with out hurting you. It’s very cool that stuff like this is included as part of the continuing education of a Starting Strength Coach. This is part 1.


Dr. Petrizzo Weightlifting Injury Presentation pt 1

Dr. Petrizzo Weightlifting Injury Presentation pt 2

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AJ’s Year Long Journey

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 fancy besides the regular ol’ “brotein” and creatine(which I just started in October). It just took time, dedicated coaching, twinkies, and the actual lifting of a barbell; adding a little more weight every week. I never thought this journey would be so successful and didn’t even dream that I’d be working with some of the greatest powerlifters in the world. A year later I have the best(and most lethal) coaching staff, four great sponsors, and of course…only the best most supportive people behind me. This all wouldn’t be possible if Adam Lauritzen didn’t send me the Dropbox which had the “Texas Method.” Thank you for everything you do, especially when you spend four hours every Friday night coaching me, making sure I don’t die. No one has ever said “I lost because I was too strong.” On a side note, my current numbers are pretty outdated, I should be PRing soon though!”

AJ's Numbers