The problem with “Exercise Science” by Mark Rippetoe

Another great article from Mark Rippetoe.
Recently in some previous article comments he was called out that he’s not too relevant since he lacks the academic background.
I believe this article is partially the result of such comments.

Some of the interesting comments under the article that are worth mentioning:

Mark RippetoeMM-CK: You think I published this in the wrong journal? And you think I lack a nuanced understanding of the need for a study that demonstrates that the longer you rest between sets, the easier it is to lift the weight again? Well, maybe you’re right. After all, I’m just a simple gym owner, with no terminal degree in anything.

Chris Shugart
Something Rip and I discussed when readying this article: One gym I went to had a staff section on a wall with photos and their qualifications. It was meant to brag up the staff, but it was kinda sad. Multiple degrees, advanced degrees, reams of certs… and they’re making about minimum wage as a personal trainer. Maybe the market is saturated so gyms can demand a lot of education. Or maybe these trainers just made bad life decisions. Not sure. But all I could think about was their college debt.


ScipioMark, I’m a Trainer at a corporate facility and though I completely agree with you, largely the problem is that people don’t like to train as intensely as they should. Exercise ‘works’ as long as you force adaptation but 98% are stuck at mediocre strength levels. Also most are involved in aerobics. And lots ‘think’ they weight train, but its with bosu, viper or TRX. Arghhh!!



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