Sunday, 31 May 2009

Quote of the day 31st May

I like musicianship, and it's quite lacking in most modern popular music.
You're always safe with old Chicago, the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule, or Tower of Power.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Quote of the day 30th May

...bodybuilding is men on a stage in their underwear wearing brown paint showing other men their muscles.

It is training for appearance only, and at the contest level requires a degree of vanity, narcissism, and self-absorption that I find distasteful and odd.


Friday, 29 May 2009

Quote of the day 29th May

Critiqueing a power clean: shows a problem known as a Donkey Kick.

As the jump occurs, the heels come up in the back and then stomp back down into place. This is a terrible waste of time and energy, and contributes nothing to making the bar go up.

Stop doing this immediately or I will have you killed.


Thursday, 28 May 2009

Quote of the day 28th May

"Yes, if you squat wrong it fucks things up.
If you squat correctly, those same fucked-up things
will unfuck themselves."


Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Quote of the day 27th May

...the rather inescapable conclusion
that the older men get,
the more like older women we become,
hormonally speaking.


Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Quote of the day 26th May

never consciously squeeze our asscheeks in the weight room.
It's not a valuable biomechanical cue,
and it might get misinterpreted by the guys on the next platform.


Monday, 25 May 2009

Quote of the day 25th May

While practicing the hang clean and not jumping the bar up enough - Rip said

"Erica! Erica! You are reverse curling that bar.

That is a moral sin like pedophilia and we will not allow it in civilized society!

Now I want you to remember: every time you do that, Jesus kills a little baby!"


Sunday, 24 May 2009

Quote of the day 24th May

Vibram 5 Fingers are gay.

They make you look gay.

And there are better ways to look gay.


Saturday, 23 May 2009

Quote of the day 23rd May

A common problem in analysis is the confusion of correlation with causation.

Baker illustrates this nicely for us.

Lots of people, all of whom are crazy as hell, train early in the morning without problems.

Coffee becomes more important than testosterone in this situation.


Friday, 22 May 2009

Quote of the day 22nd May

I don't like Bono. He needs to train more.


Quote of the day 21st May

The questions was….

Now that I'm at an intermediate level I switched to a 1x5 system. After 4 months of that I came back to SS

WOW. Something hormonal is going on. When I wake up in the morning it's like I'm 18 again. This happens the day after workout on recovery morning. I'm not old at 33 but this hasn't happened in years. Has anyone had this happened to them?

Rips answer…..

I assume you are referring to the hormonal effects of the program, and the subsequent effects on your tallywhacker upon arising from sleep.

Everyone who has a tallywhacker has had this happen to them.

It's the only reason Zach trains, and certainly the only reason his wife is still with him.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Quote of the day 20th May

There are no shortcuts.

The fact that a shortcut is important to you means that you are a pussy.

Let me be clear here: if you'd rather take steroids than do your squats heavy and drink enough milk, then you are a fucking Pussy.

I have no time or patience for fucking Pussies.

Please tell everyone you know that I said this.


Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Quote of the day 19th May

Bill Starr was damned strong, primarily because
he worked as hard as any human being ever has.

He was not a genetic freak, but his balls were huge, and he applied himself to his training like few people have ever done.


Monday, 18 May 2009

Quote of the day 18th May

Accumulating injuries are the price we pay
for the thrill of not having sat around on our asses.


Sunday, 17 May 2009

Quote of the day 17th May

…we have not spent the last 65 million or so years finely honing our physiology to watch Oprah.

Like it or not, we are the product of a very long process of adaptation to a harsh physical existence, and the past couple centuries of comparative ease and plenty are not enough time to change our genome.

We humans are at our best when our existence mirrors, or at least simulates, the one we are still genetically adapted to live.

And that is the purpose of exercise.


Saturday, 16 May 2009

Quote of the day 16th May

The deadlift is more functional in that it’s very hard to imagine
a more useful application of strength
than picking heavy shit up off the ground


Friday, 15 May 2009

Quote of the day 15th May

If you want to look like some Abercrombie model, then find another program and enjoy your nice, easy training style.

If you are serious about adding muscle to your frame, then get under the damn bar and make it happen.


Thursday, 14 May 2009

Quote of the day 14th May

Never ask a question that you may not be prepared to have answered.


Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Quote of the day 13th May

If you are so inflamed that you can't train,
and ibuprofen and fish oil help with inflammation,
maybe you'd better take the fucking ibuprofen and fish oil.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Quote of the day 12th May

The only time LSD (long slow distance) is necessary is if your going to compete in a sport that requires it.

It is far inferior to CrossFit-type metcon for producing an increase in VO2 max, it interferes with power and strength production, it can be quite catabolic and immune-suppressive in high doses, it destroys muscle mass, and the people that do it usually wear silly clothes.

Read the stuff on the CrossFit website regarding this, and you will learn many good, important things.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Quote of the day 11th May

Now I also know that you're supposed
to 'listen to your body',
but my brain says 'don't be a pussy, and just lift the fucking weights',
and that's just what I do.


Sunday, 10 May 2009

Quote of the day 10th May

Rip on the CrossFit Workout "Cindy"

Cindy is a vicious wretched bitch.


Saturday, 9 May 2009

Quote of the day 9th May

Newbie: Got any good ab exercises?

Rip: Got any better questions?

Friday, 8 May 2009

Quote of the day 8th May

Rip dicussing his form after bench pressing...

I didn't lock that last [bench press] out in a safe position over my fairly sturdy sternum, here.
I came up off the bench and put that thing right over the most valuable structures that I possess; teeth, eyeballs... all precious voice... [Rip then looks off camera at someone and shakes his head.] I'm 51, they aren't as valuable anymore as they used to be.


Thursday, 7 May 2009

Quote of the day 7th May

On bending the arms in the deadlift:

Bent elbows just absolutely suck.


Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Quote of the day 6th May

....but then again, those who argue against squatting and deadlifting on the same day may just be pussies.


Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Quote of the day 5th May

Neutral/hammer grip chins …What are your thoughts on these?

Rips Answer

I think that it doesn't matter that much, but that since I'm a gym owner and I'm supposed to have Big Arms, I'll keep doing my supine chins.

Have you ever seen my huge arms?

They are very impressive.


Monday, 4 May 2009

Quote of the day 4th May

On drinking not 1, but 2 gallons of milk/day:

But you would be shitting primarily cheese.

Are you ready for this?


Sunday, 3 May 2009

Quote of the day 3rd May

On adding bike riding and leg extensions to the program:

The program in [Starting Strength] is not designed to be supplemented with anything. Neither of you -- old guy or young kid -- are in a position to recover optimally, as would be a 21 year-old genetic freak.

Just stick with the program and let it work for you unsullied by the trappings of muscle magazine silliness or a desire to gild the lily.

If you want to ride your bikes, don't be gone too long.

In fact, be back before supper.


Saturday, 2 May 2009

Quote of the day 2nd May

On not calling "The Press", "The Shoulder Press:"

We just call it the press, because how could you press without the shoulders?

You can leg press... but that's gay.


Friday, 1 May 2009

Quote of the day 1st May

On the possibility of a failure to deadlift resulting in stroke:

Deadlifts that are too heavy to pull generally don't take very long; the bar just kinda lays there.

So if trying to move immovable objects was dangerous from the standpoint of stroke, the history of the human race would be littered with stupid people's corpses.