Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Quote of the day 30th June

It doesn't matter where you want the bar to be.

The bar gets to decide


Monday, 29 June 2009

Quote of the day 29th June

I recommend against a wooden squat rack,

for much the same reason that

I recommend against a wooden car.


Sunday, 28 June 2009

Quote of the day 28th June

On a missed squat:

Yes, 350 was pretty good.

Now, why do you think you missed 360, besides the fact that it was so fucking heavy?


Saturday, 27 June 2009

Quote of the day 27th June

Your butt knows where the bottom is.
You just have to trust it.


Friday, 26 June 2009

Quote of the day 26th June

Am I offending anyone right now?


Well, that's unfortunate.


Thursday, 25 June 2009

Quote of the day 25th June

Gravity always goes straight down.

Unless they're disturbing the ionosphere with those heaters they have


Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Quote of the day 24th June

The spine is best at bearing a load in an arch


Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Quote of the day 23rd June

Yes, it is the law here that un-aged cheese must be
made from pasteurized milk.

I mean, really, what good is having a federal government
if it can't make eating cheese safer for everybody?

Imagine the landscape littered with the corpses of
innocent children whose immune systems
were not up to the challenge.

Is that what you really want?


Monday, 22 June 2009

Quote of the day 22nd June

Absolutely not. Never -- and I mean NEVER -- try anything that someone in authority, like Me, has not specifically approved in advance.

This is not allowed, and is specifically prohibited, because if you do this irresponsible thing -- this Trying Things For Yourself -- you might learn on your own, and again, this is PROHIBITED.

Let me ask you a question: Are you from North Korea?


Sunday, 21 June 2009

Quote of the day 21st June

There are many levels of understanding of trainees
and you should be in command of most of them.


Saturday, 20 June 2009

Quote of the day 20th June

Real-world applications are generally not as friendly as the barbell is.


Friday, 19 June 2009

Quote of the day 19th June

When the reality of the situation becomes apparent to you,

you'll make expedient decisions.


Thursday, 18 June 2009

Quote of the day 18th June

I received this email at the Rip Quote of the Day Blog...

Dear Rip

I have been following the Zone diet religiously for about 2 weeks now. I am a medium sized female and I am seeing tremendous results.

My long term boyfriend of three years loves to finish in my mouth.

I was just wondering how many blocks of protein do you think are in a half ounce shot of semen?

Thanks, Sarah

I forwarded it to Coach Rip, here is his reply....

Write her back and tell her that Rip's is the only semen that has any actual protein, and that she'll need to see me about this ASAFP.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Quote of the day 16th June

On coaching

"Be conservative with your cueing and remember
that there are limits to what a human being
can listen to and process about their own movement."


Monday, 15 June 2009

Quote of the day 15th June

Perfect is the enemy of good


Sunday, 14 June 2009

Quote of the day 14th June

There is never an absolute answer to everything,

except of course

that you have to do your squats.


Saturday, 13 June 2009

Quote of the day 13th June

Ask Old Santa for a squat rack.

Preferably one that won't fit down the chimney.

You can't do the program without it, and that would leave you forever an elf.


Friday, 12 June 2009

Quote of the day 12th June

In response to a question on how to rehab tennis elbow –

We've discussed this quite a bit in the past, and the advice I give is to train through it with chins, deadlifts, and grip work.

Smother it with love and make it heal.

And you have to stop caring that it hurts.


Thursday, 11 June 2009

Quote of the day 11th June

Most of the problems with the bodies and minds of the folks occupying the current culture involve an unwillingness to do anything hard, or anything that they'd rather not do.

I applaud your resolve, and I welcome you to the community of people who have decided that EASY will no longer suffice.


Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Quote of the day 10th June

During the middle of a Rip lecture, a very loud fire engine
goes screaming by the building.

The sound interupts Rip's train of thought momentarily.

He yells to the truck,

"Would you idiots please just shut the fuck up?"

Thanks to Christin Farrington Street for this one


Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Quote of the day 9th June

From the Rip cert in Potomac in April.

During the final Q&A session, a question was asked about how to teach trainees the more physiologically nuanced concepts of the squat, deadlift, press, bench press.
Rip responds

"Well...I'm not that smart, you're not that smart, I get it, and you get it, so...(raises one eyebrow) just teach them the damn stuff."

Thanks to Brett Tom for this one


Monday, 8 June 2009

Quote of the day 8th June

Rip: You need to drink one gallon of full fat milk everyday. It's almost mandatory.

Somebody from audience: I'm lactose intolerant, could I substitute milk for yogurt?

Rip: Gallon of yogurt.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Quote of the day 7th June

If lifting heavy weights for partial squats
were of any benefit for sports, Gold's Gym would be fielding
the majority of the 2008 Olympic team.


Saturday, 6 June 2009

Quote of the day 6th June

When asked if masturbation or sex hinders strength:

Yes, it does.

Never do either.


Not if you want to be strong like bull.


Friday, 5 June 2009

Quote of the day 5th June

At the end of the first day of the BB Cert, Rip explains what we will be covering the next day.


Now... we will be starting the day off watching a series of videos.

Yes, we will be viewing some damn good porn. (laughter)

No it's better than that....we'll be watching and critiquing the deadlift and power clean.

Thanks to Christin Farrington Street for this one


Thursday, 4 June 2009

Quote of the day 4th June

From a CrossFit Barbell Cert held recently

Rip: Who in this group plays tennis?

(silence, no show of hands)

Rip: Nobody plays tennis?

(silence and shrugs)

Rip: Okay, any golfers n the group?

(silence, no show of hands)

Rip: Are you kidding me? Nobody in this fucking room plays either tennis or golf? Does anyone in the room do anything besides damn CrossFit?!!!


Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Quote of the day 3rd june

The full squat is a perfectly natural position for the leg to occupy.

That's why there's a joint in the middle of it, and why humans have been occupying this position, both unloaded and loaded, for millions of years.

Much longer, in fact, than quasi-intellectual morons have been telling us that it's "bad" for the knees


Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Quote of the day 2nd June

Guy 1: I was just wondering, are all the copies of [Starting Strength] missing pages 206-207, or is it just my copy?

Rip: Page numbers 206-207 were offensive to us, for numerological reasons we'd not care to discuss, so we omitted them and indexed around them.

No material is missing, just the 2 most horrible, sickening, disgusting, revolting, baby-killing, maggot-infested, sorry, rotten, substandard numbers in all of mathematics.

And good riddance, I say. Fuck 206 and 207, both of them.

Guy 2: Thank God someone has taken a stand on this.

Rip: Courage will always be the watchword of The Aasgaard Company.


Monday, 1 June 2009

Quote of the day 1st June

You can't make people smarter.
You can expose them to information, but your responsibility stops there