Thursday, 30 July 2009

Quote of the day 30th July

Question -

Mr. Rippetoe,

I for one would love to come to your seminar; I just can't seem to find one nearby.

Any idea when you'll be in Ontario, Michigan, Buffalo NY and area, or even Pennsylvania??

If its within a decent radius of SW Ontario, I'll make the trip.

Rips response -

It would be really cool if you could come.

I'll try to schedule one for your convenience, so that you can make a short drive while I and my staff fly in, deal with the TSfuckingA, American Fucking Airlines, Budget Fucking RentAFucking Car, a wonderful hotel, and then you.


Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Quote of the day 29th July

Poor form in the gym is caused by insufficient yelling.


Monday, 27 July 2009

Quote of the day 27th July

At the end of Q&A time (February 2009, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Q: I have just one more question, it's a yes or no question. Are you on Facebook?

RIP: What the fuck is Facebook?!

Thanks to Robin Maier for this one.


Sunday, 26 July 2009

Quote of the day 26th July

Rip responds to poster, Glenn's defense of

"You're kind of a pain in the ass, aren't you, Glenn?

I know who buys my books, I know what they want from barbell training, and I know that most of them will never diet most of their gains away for a physique show, shave their asses, paint themselves brown, oil themselves shiny, put on a thong, get up on a stage, and show everybody in the audience with similar problems how they look in a thong, oil, and paint."

Thanks to Mark Davis for sending this one in.


Saturday, 25 July 2009

Quote of the day 25th July

When asked about dealing with knee pain, Rips answers…

How bad is the pain?

On a scale of 1 - 10, with one meaning no perception of pain at all to 10 meaning the sensation of having all of your skin pulled off and then being rolled in salt as you writhe in unspeakable agony.


Friday, 24 July 2009

Quote of the day 24th July

It's real neat to be a purist until reality hits you in the nose.


Thursday, 23 July 2009

Quote of the day 23rd July

Rip had torn his rotator cuff the week prior to the cert.

At one point during his lecture he picked up a 45# bar and pressed it for 24 reps with perfect form.

He then said

"What a masculine thing to do, huh?"

(this quote was sent to me by a member of the Facebook group but I cant remember who it was - sorry)


Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Quote of the day 22nd July

During the Q&A:


When training an unconditioned person, how long do you suggest waiting before putting weight on the bar?


About 3 or 4 minutes.


Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Quote of the day 21st July

During a Q&A:


Coach, I train a few elite swimmers that can't even do a single pushup.

What do you recommend for such an athlete?


Swimming ain't much of a sport, is it?


Monday, 20 July 2009

Quote of the day 20th July

Learn to use a fucking belt!

Stop this bullshit!

It's not cheating.

A belt only makes your abs work harder.


Thursday, 9 July 2009

Quote of the day 9th July

Shitting yourself when you deadlift was omitted from [Starting Strength].

The best way to avoid this is to not deadlift when you need to shit, and vice versa.

Planning is the key here.


Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Quote of the day 8th July

As for the definitions of butt wink and butt-wink Nazi,
the first is obscene and scatological,
and the second is not discussable due to European Union restrictions.


Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Quote of the day 7th July

It is not necessary to bump the shins with the bar, or dig a ditch in the shins on the way up.

Good control of the weight is necessary to avoid this, and it should be avoided or sores get established on the shins that will be a problem for a long time - every time the trainee deadlifts he will break the sore open and make a big mess on his socks or worse, the bar.


Monday, 6 July 2009

Quote of the day 6th July

When there's 1003 pounds on the bar,
the universe would like there to be a vertical bar path.


Sunday, 5 July 2009

Quote of the day 5th July

Hey Rip

Haven't seen any ATL strip club reviews yet...

But sorry I coulnd't make it to the cert. I had racing to do.

Rip Replies...

I don't go to titty bars much anymore. They have never really appealed to me.

Like going into an expensive restaurant, reading the menu for 2 hours, drinking a little, then getting up and leaving without having had anything to eat but paying the bill anyway.


Saturday, 4 July 2009

Quote of the day 4th July

I'm not interested in what's been done in the past.

I'm interested in what should be done.


Friday, 3 July 2009

Quote of the day 3rd July

Coach Rip was asked his opinion on CrossFit, kipping pull ups, bouncing weights during deadlifts and cleans, running 5km, zone/paleo eating and GOMAD.

His reply…

Nelson, you and a lot of people in CrossFit seem to be putting words into my mouth and misinterpreting many of the words that I put in my mouth.

First, kipping pull-ups and running 5ks are an important part of a program primarily devoted to general physical preparation. A strength program is not devoted to general physical preparation and so is conducted differently. No program should involve bouncing one's deadlifts or cleans off the floor.

Greg and I have talked about this at length, and he is aware of my opinion that strength is the most general of the ten physical attributes, because all of the others to some extent depend on strength or the process of its acquisition and strength depends on none of them.

As far as diet is concerned, let me go on record ONE MORE FUCKING TIME and say that a gallon a milk a day is recommended for people who are trying to gain weight. I have never said, nor will I ever say, that everybody should drink a gallon of milk a day. Were I to say something silly like that, everybody would be in correct in ignoring anything else I ever said after that point.

I have criticized no one for eating clean. I have criticized, and will continue to criticize, those people who fail to understand that an increase in muscular body weight would be very helpful to their met-con performance.


Thursday, 2 July 2009

Quote of the day 2nd July

What we're trying to do is get things fixed, not allow them to stay broke


Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Quote of the day 1st July

(On dropping the bar without guiding it down)

"Why would you treat the barbell that way?

The barbell is your friend."