QOTD from Mark Rippetoe

April 11th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  3 Comments

The man with a permanent case of le mot juste bangs out another memorable thought:

…There are few examples in life that don’t follow the basic rules of the universe, the ones that dictate the behavior of everything.

One of the most basic of those rules is that, with the exception of the occasional lottery winner, you pretty much get out of an effort what you put into it. We’re all quite familiar with this reality, although we are often willing to believe people who tell us otherwise, about exercise and about life.

The sooner everybody—both halves of the population—accepts the fact that effective exercise is more like training for athletics and less like lying around on the floor, more about performance and less about appearance, the sooner it will be understood that women really don’t need their own figure salon.


  1. Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach says:

    April 12th, 2009at 4:37 am(#)

    Not if Madison Ave. has anything to say about it. :(

  2. Dale Hobill says:

    April 12th, 2009at 6:52 am(#)

    Timing of this post is funny, just finished Marks books and video and was reminded of what I have known for years, hard work and the basics…..

    I realize that the last line of his quote is very important for this site… I can tell you that more men are looking towards “figure salons” and quick fixes… in my age group (early 40’s)

    You can’t buy the body you want, it comes from inside and works it’s way out. Be strong in yourself.

  3. Heather says:

    April 13th, 2009at 1:52 am(#)

    I see I’m not the only geek who gets the Rippetoe quote of the day on Facebook!
    This one is from Strong Enough: Thoughts from Thirty Years of Barbell Training. It’s a great read, hilarious and inspirational, and useful in terms of training pointers too. I recommend it highly!

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