Mark Rippetoe on BS Science, Intellectual Courage, and How to Think for Yourself
If you lift weights, you probably already know who Mark Rippetoe is. He’s a legend in the world of strength training. Mark is known for his no-BS approach to making people strong, and his book Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training has sold nearly a million copies.
With that said, this isn’t a podcast about strength training. It isn’t even a podcast about health and wellness. So why did I invite Mark?
Well, it turns out that Mark has a lot to say about subjects that go far beyond strength training. He’s been a vocal critic of the “scientific literature” that’s coming out of the universities, and he’s not a fan of government health & wellness advice either.
Just a taste of what we talk about:
- The “greatest in the world fallacy”
- How Mark uses common sense and logic to deal with arguments from authority
- Why getting strong gets more and more important as you age
- Why Mark and his team don’t care about aesthetics
- How to set up your life for intellectual honesty
- How Mark was wrong in the past and how he has changed his mind
- The difference between science and scientism
And much more. Enjoy!
How to Listen
- Listen on Apple Podcasts (Leave a review if you like it, please!)
- Download an mp3 by right-clicking here and selecting “save as”
Links & Resources
- Mark’s book Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training
- The article I reached out to Mark about: The Phenomenology of Barbell Training
- Why Most Published Research Findings Are False by
- The paper on the bench pressing & bosu balls: Gluteal muscle activation during the isometric phase of squatting exercises with and without a Swiss ball
- CSCS or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- Ancel Keys and the American Heart Association