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Turnabout Edition – Starting Strength Weekly Report November 13, 2023

November 13, 2023

Turnabout Edition

On Starting Strength

  • Beef Heart, Coffee, and Rolfing –
    Rip answers questions from Starting Strength Network subscribers and fans.

  • Frito Chili Pie –
    Rip demonstrates how to make a Frito Chili Pie.

  • How to Get Swole, Bruh –
    Ray Gillenwater talks to the rehab specialist for SS Gyms, Will Morris, about accessory work, “chiseling in” after you’re strong, and “chasing the pump.”

  • Something Always Hurts by Zachary Millunchick –
    I began training seriously in January 2020. I live in Israel – an authoritarian “democracy” – so all gyms…

  • A Weightlifting Meet: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Carl Raghavan –
    My most recent Olympic lifting meet happened a few months before I adopted my current nomadic lifestyle…
  • Weekend Archives:

    Back Rehab: A Case Study by Mac Ward –
    During my last deployment I suffered a back injury that left me with a condition known as “Foot Drop”…
  • Weekend Archives:

    Understanding the Master Cue by Mark Rippetoe–
    On page 58 of the Blue Book, I make an argument for the use of the mid-foot position as a cue for the correction of form problems…

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Best of the Week

Protein Powder


Since there are about 20,000 different protein powders on the market, how does one know which is actually good quality? Who do we trust to actually get the truth so as to make an informed decision? What brand do you guys trust?

Mark Rippetoe

I have used NOW unflavored Whey Protein Isolate for years (NOT the concentrate), when I needed a protein drink. Flavored is a bad idea, since you get tired of chocolate or strawberry, and you can make this stuff taste any way you want.

Ramus does product testing of vitamins and supplements. They are supposed to be independent and purchase items for testing via retail.

Best of the Forum



Coach Rip, love your input on any number of issues we all face in today’s world. As such, I would love some advice on purchasing a new truck.

This will be a “business truck” which will on occasion have the opportunity to pull a trailer, though, we have trucks for that. The role it will fill will be a daily driver of 15 mile round trip, parts delivery truck when needed, and an alternative family vehicle……and the damn thing is going to have to ride higher than the traffic headlights, I am of middle age and am getting rather night blind.

Always had 1/2 tons with the only goal of being transportation. Now I want some capability with an eye to the future. We drive our vehicles for 300k miles (Lexus and Toyota) so I would expect this purchase to give me 20 years and retire on the farm. Another consideration is a vehicle that can be serviced easier than others if possible with the ability to handle many repairs outside the dealership service department. This eases my mind when we consider the downward trajectory of society. So my very obvious question is Dodge, GM, Ford….diesel or gas burner…and any other “bells and whistles” you or anyone reading would add.

It may help to know that our business is fabrication and hydraulics with a team that has a couple of former CAT mechanics. Thank you so much.

Mark Rippetoe

Why would you buy a new truck? Maybe you mean “another truck.”


Well, I was actually considering something new. This is based on our history of vehicle ownership lasting 2 decades and a desire for this truck to do the same…I get the feeling that this is incorrect. So, let’s go with “another” truck. Perhaps the best year and model on the best truck.. In addition, four wheel drive or no? We have a Lexus LX (Fancy Landcruiser) with the most complex 4 wheel drive system on the planet and I have used it zero time here in Alabama. So, my thinking is no….BUT, you are the fellow with the answers.. Thanks again Coach!

Mark Rippetoe

I have a 2004 Dodge 2500 (3/4 ton) 4-door 4×4 with a long wide bed. It has the 5.9 Cummins Diesel with no requirement for DEF. Most important, it has a standard transmission. 200K on the chassis, and I’ll have it for another 20 years. I also have a 2005 2WD in the same configuration. If you can find one like that, you should buy it. Standard transmissions are not available on 3/4 ton trucks in the United States anymore.

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