The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Rippetoe

July 2nd, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  6 Comments

Strength training commands a certain mix of brutal honesty, humility, and humour. Funny and stupid shit happens in the process of getting strong, and there are certain intractable truths that do not go away for wishing. If strength training had a slightly more foulmouthed and proletariat Mark Twain it would be Mark Rippetoe. Here are a few of his choice insights.


  1. Jen says:

    July 2nd, 2009at 7:24 am(#)

    “Your ideal bodyweight as an ectomorph at 6′ 0″ will be 214.378 lbs. There. Happy? And if you lose or gain a pound, I will have you killed. It is important to be ideal..” – Rip

    I LOVE IT!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    July 2nd, 2009at 11:32 am(#)

    “The vast majority of women cannot get large, masculine muscles from barbell training. If it were that easy, I would have them.” Oh God, too true! I only wish I could get “too big” with a few months’ hard training.

  3. Trishy says:

    July 2nd, 2009at 11:39 am(#)

    “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general.” — I will make a banner of that and decorate my office with it.

  4. Ron Dykstra says:

    July 2nd, 2009at 1:34 pm(#)

    Ok, I knew Rippetoe was cool; what I did not know is that he is my freaking hero.

    “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.”

    Thanks for having this up here Krista!


  5. Dancer From says:

    July 7th, 2009at 10:17 am(#)

    except he’s kind of a homophobe. Or at least he’s afraid of gay people.

  6. Mistress Krista says:

    July 7th, 2009at 8:10 pm(#)

    He also has his sexist moments. Unfortunately it doesn’t stop me laughing when he says funny stuff. I hate myself for it sometimes. And yet I guffaw nonetheless. He speaks to my inner frat boy.

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