Special Topics Episode 7.5 – Response to “Rippetoe Goes Off”


Is solely relying on heavy barbell training the best way to achieve hypertrophic, strength, and performance adaptations? Is there room for any other methods? Does proper squatting and deadlifting cover all possible bases for rehabilitative, functional, and athletic purposes? Are machines and isolation movements for sissies? And are physical therapists all a bunch of “weenie frauds?”


In episode 7.5 of The Strength of Evidence Podcast, Jon and Bret respond to Mark Rippetoe’s latest TNation article and demonstrate how to properly analyze polarizing, black & white articles.

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Links to the Articles and Topics Discussed in the Podcast

Rippetoe Goes Off

Overall principle of lower limb support during stance phase of gait (Full PDF HERE)

Variations in force-time histories of cat gastrocnemius, soleus and plantaris muscles for consecutive walking steps (Full PDF HERE)

The Randall Lift (Bruce Randall & Good Mornings)

The Strength of Evidence Podcast – Episode 2: To Squat or Not to Squat

Do the vastus medialis obliquus and vastus medialis longus really exist? A systematic review

The effects of short-term unilateral and bilateral lower-body resistance training on measures of strength and power

Comparison of lower extremity EMG between the 2-leg squat and modified single-leg squat in female athletes

Effects of unilateral and bilateral lower-body heavy resistance exercise on muscle activity and testosterone responses

Knee Valgus (Valgus Collapse), Glute Medius Strengthening, Band Hip Abduction Exercises, and Ankle Dorsiflexion Drills

You’ll Never Squat Again: Why Physical Therapists and Doctors Should Learn Some Biomechanics

Effect of adding single-joint exercises to a multi-joint exercise resistance-training program on strength and hypertrophy in untrained subjects

Isolated vs. complex exercise in strengthening the rotator cuff muscle group

Influence of exercise order on upper body maximum and submaximal strength gains in trained men

Effects of varying attentional focus on health-related physical fitness performance

Strengthening and Neuromuscular Reeducation of the Gluteus Maximus in a Triathlete With Exercise-Associated Cramping of the Hamstrings

Muscles within muscles: a tensiomyographic and histochemical analysis of the normal human vastus medialis longus and vastus medialis obliquus muscles








(Special thanks to Shane England, Rkc for throwing that last pic our way :-D )

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