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Barbell Logic

Feb 27, 2018

Training programs, including the novice LP in Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, are typically written with a critical assumption. They assume an ideal training schedule, and no missed training sessions. The reality for many lifters, however, is that schedules get disrupted by other responsibilities, by travel,...


Feb 23, 2018

Scott and Matt talk with talented power and strengthlifter Stephanie Helland. Stephanie placed second in the 67.5kg weight class and third overall at the 2018 USSF Nationals in Oakland. Today she talks about what led her from long distance running to Crossfit to, ultimately, strength training, as well as her preparation...


Feb 20, 2018

The novice LP is a simple program - simple, but hard, and effective. The path beyond into intermediate training is winding and multi-headed. It's easy to get seduced by complexity as programming needs evolve beyond the novice stage, but, as the data reminds, compliance is still king when it comes to...


Feb 16, 2018

Matt and Scott chat with the uber strong yet humble Mike Cordova. Mike is top competitor in strengthlifting and boasts personal bests of 672lb squat,  255lb press, and 701lb deadlift, all while standing at 5'9" and weighing around 230lbs. Mike shares his story about discovering the iron, meeting his close friend and...


Feb 13, 2018

Matt and Scott revisit the concept of minimum effective dose, elaborating on this bedrock concept of strength development for novice lifters and beyond. The minimum effective dose, as it relates to strength training, fulfills both the "simple" and "effective" conditions of the simple/hard/effective philosophy...