Mark Rippetoe

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Mark Rippetoe
Mark Rippetoe
Mark Rippetoe
Born (1956-02-12) February 12, 1956 (age 66)[1]
OrganizationStarting Strength, Wichita Falls Athletic Club
Notable work
Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training

Mark Rippetoe (born February 12, 1956) is an American strength training coach, author, and gym owner.[2] He has published a number of books and peer-reviewed articles. He has several decades of experience as a strength coach, is a former powerlifter,[3] and is a gym owner[4] in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is currently known for his book Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training[5] and the Starting Strength method of strength training.

He was a part of the charter group of individuals to receive the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification when it was first offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, in 1985.[3] He formally relinquished the credential in 2009.[5]

He was formerly associated with the CrossFit community as a subject-matter expert in barbell training.[6] He authored many training articles for the CrossFit Journal and created, with Lon Kilgore, the Basic Barbell Certification course, which they conducted from 2006 to 2009.[7][8] After he ended his formal association with CrossFit in 2009, he expanded this course into a three-day Starting Strength Seminar produced through The Aasgaard Company.[7][9][10]

He is also known for his particularly brash teaching style and humor, prompting several online compilations of his attributed quotations.[11][12] He is the second chair trumpet player in the brass band known as The Anarene Transit Authority. On September 6, 2020 Mark was a guest on the Massenomics Podcast.[13]


Rippetoe grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he now resides.[4][14] He obtained a Bachelor of Science in petroleum geology from Midwestern State University, where he met his mentor Bill Starr in 1979.[14] He competed in powerlifting from 1979 to 1988, winning the Greater Texas Classic in 1981.[14] He bought Anderson's Gym in 1984, which later became the Wichita Falls Athletic Club.[4][14] He collaborated with Glenn Pendlay, international-level Olympic lifting coach and Lon Kilgore, who established the USA Weightlifting Regional Development Center in Wichita Falls.[14] Over the next 30 years, he used the gym to test and refine his training program that would maximize strength gains, ultimately resulting in the Starting Strength program.[5][14]

Beginning in 2018, The Aasgaard Company, in partnership with Strength Train LLC, established a national franchise gym chain of Starting Strength branded gyms which feature the use of basic barbell equipment and the Starting Strength method.[citation needed]

Authored works[edit]

Rippetoe has authored several books, peer-reviewed articles, online and DVD instructional videos, and internet posts concerned with strength training.[4]


  • Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training (editions 1, 2, 3)[5]
  • Practical Programming for Strength Training (editions 1, 2, 3)[15]
  • Strong Enough? Thoughts on Thirty Years of Barbell Training[16]
  • Mean Ol’ Mr. Gravity[17]


  • Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training[18]

Journal articles[edit]

  • "Strength and conditioning for fencing", Strength and Conditioning Journal[19]
  • "Let's Learn How to Coach the Squat", Strength and Conditioning Journal[20]
  • "Redefining Fitness for Health and Fitness Professionals", Journal of Exercise Physiology[21]
  • "Going Deep", CrossFit Journal[22]


  1. ^ Vanderbilt University Staff Resources, Birthday Quote for Feb. 12 Archived February 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Duane, Daniele (May 24, 2014). "Fitness Crazed". The New York Times. New York, NY. Retrieved June 20, 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b Craig Rasmussen, Texas BBQ: Talking Shop with Mark Rippetoe Archived January 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, EliteFTS.
  4. ^ a b c d Wichita Falls Athletic Club, Staff. The Wichita Falls Athletic Club is a gym owned and operated by Mark Rippetoe.
  5. ^ a b c d Rippetoe, Mark (2011). Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training (3rd ed.). Aasgard Company. p. 347. ISBN 978-0-9825227-3-8.
  6. ^ Myles Kantor, A New Sport of Strength: An Interview with Mark Rippetoe on the CrossFit Total Archived November 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, 2007.
  7. ^ a b "Starting Strength". Starting Strength.
  8. ^ Joey, CCT, Basically Barbells: The CrossFit Basic Barbell Certification Seminar, 2006.
  9. ^ The Aasgard Company, Starting Strength Seminars
  10. ^ Nation, Mark Rippetoe, T. (December 2, 2013). "CrossFit: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly". T NATION.
  11. ^ Testosterone Nation, Mark Rippetoe Quotes.
  12. ^ Rip QoTD Coach Rip Quotes.
  13. ^ "Ep. 231 Mark Rippetoe". Massenomics Podcast (Podcast). September 6, 2020. Retrieved September 6, 2020.{{cite episode}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ a b c d e f Matt Reynolds, In the Trenches - An Interview With Mark Rippetoe.
  15. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (2009). Practical Programming for Strength Training (2nd ed.). Aasgard Company. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-9825227-0-7.
  16. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (2007). Strong Enough? Thoughts on Thirty Years of Barbell Training. Aasgard Company. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-9768054-4-1.
  17. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (2009). Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity (1st ed.). Aasgard Company. p. 364. ISBN 978-0-9825227-1-4.
  18. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (February 25, 2009). Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training (DVD). Aasgard Company.
  19. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (April 2000). "Strength and conditioning for fencing". Strength and Conditioning Journal. 22 (2). 42. doi:10.1519/00126548-200004000-00013.
  20. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (June 2001). "Let's Learn How to Coach the Squat". Strength and Conditioning Journal. 23 (3). 11.
  21. ^ Rippetoe, Mark; Lon Kilgore (April 2007). "Redefining Fitness for Health and Fitness Professionals". Journal of Exercise Physiology. 10 (2). 34. Archived from the original on August 15, 2011.
  22. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (September 2006). "Going Deep". CrossFit Journal.

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