July 17, 2023
Golden Sun Edition
On Starting Strength
- The Truth About Steroids – Rip talks about the history of anabolic steroids, who uses them and why, and why they are completely inappropriate and unnecessary for most lifters.
- Efficient Lifting is Safe Lifting – Ray Gillenwater and John Dowdy demonstrate how moving efficiently not only allows you to get stronger more quickly, it also avoids wear and tear on your body.
- Bachelor Enchiladas – In this episode of Contemporary Texas Kitchen, Rip demonstrates an easy recipe for enchiladas when you don’t want to heat up the house.
- An Example of the Peer-Review Process by Mark Rippetoe – A long time ago, the light was turned on for me: there is a difference between “Science” and “Professional Research.” I wrote a paper…
- Why We Don’t Push Press – The press and bench press form the foundation of our upper body strength training exercises at Starting Strength. We do not use…
- Weekend Archives: Programming Halting Deadlifts by Nick Delgadillo – Novice lifters, having the ability to go through a stress-recovery-adaptation cycle in 48 to 72 hours, will deadlift every session…
- Weekend Archives: Physical Potential by Mark Rippetoe – “Genetics” is a term bandied about fairly loosely in sports. A good definition of genetic potential is whether the athlete possesses the active genotype necessary…
In the Trenches
Best of the Week
height and long arms regarding bench press grip width
I am about 195cm with long arms, (duh) and my question is like this : should I grip like in the recommendation or grip wider like I do now?
The recommendation is just before the inner ring. I put my pinky on the outer ring as the barbell in my gym has both an internal and outer ring for each side of the bar. This is where I don’t have to “compress” myself (the scapular retraction is not influenced).
I’ve been doing it with pinkies on the inner ring and even hitting new PRs, but now the pinkies on the outer ones feel much more comfortable. Alrighty then? Can I keep it that way?
Fine with me. Do you understand why we recommend the width we do? There’s a very specific reason.
Vertical forearms at the bottom.
You can take it from there.
Best of the Forum
Question about effects of anthropometry
I’m sure in the past, you’ve worked with people with shorter torsos and longer legs (particularly the femur), who have to squat with a very horizontal back angle. Have you found that this puts an added strain on the low back, and that it might interfere with deadlifts? If so, how have you dealt with it?
Since the segment is shorter, the moment arm is about the same even with the more horizontal angle.
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