Mark Rippetoe

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Mark Rippetoe
Mark Rippetoe
Mark Rippetoe
Born (1956-02-12) February 12, 1956 (age 60)[1]
Organization Starting Strength, Wichita Falls Athletic Club
Notable work Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training
Website Starting Strength

Mark Rippetoe (born February 12, 1956) is an American strength training coach and author. He has published a number of books and peer-reviewed articles. He has a BSc in Geology with a minor in Anthropology, but no degree in exercise science. He has several decades of experience as a strength coach, is a former powerlifter,[2] and a current gym owner.[3]

He was a part of the charter group of individuals to receive the CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification when it was first offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, in 1985.[2] He formally relinquished the credential in 2009.[4]

He was formerly associated with the CrossFit community as a subject matter expert in barbell training.[5] 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.[6][7] After purchasing rights from Kilgore, he expanded this course into a three-day Starting Strength Seminar produced through the Aasgaard Company in 2010.[6][8] Rippetoe ended his formal association with Crossfit in 2009 due to personal and ideological differences.[9]

He is also known for his particularly brash teaching style and humor, prompting several online compilations of his attributed quotations.[10][11]


Rippetoe was born in Wichita Falls, Texas where he currently resides.[3][12] He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geology from Midwestern State University, where he met his mentor Bill Starr in 1979.[12] He competed in powerlifting from 1979 to 1988, winning the Greater Texas Classic in 1981.[12] He bought Anderson's Gym in 1984, which would later become the Wichita Falls Athletic Club.[3][12] He would later collaborate with Glenn Pendlay, international-level olympic lifting coach and Professor Lon Kilgore who established the USA Weightlifting Regional Development Center in Wichita Falls [12] Over the next 30 years, he would use the gym to test and refine his training program that would maximize strength gains, ultimately resulting in the Starting Strength program.[4][12]

Authored works[edit]

Rippetoe has authored several books, peer-reviewed articles, online and DVD instructional videos, and internet posts concerned with strength training.[3]


  • Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training (Editions 1, 2, 3)[4]
  • Practical Programming for Strength Training (Editions 1, 2, 3)[13]
  • Strong Enough? Thoughts on Thirty Years of Barbell Training[14]
  • Mean Ol’ Mr. Gravity[15]


  • Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training[16]

Journal articles[edit]

  • Strength and conditioning for fencing, Strength and Conditioning Journal.[17]
  • Let's Learn How to Coach the Squat, Strength and Conditioning Journal.[18]
  • Redefining Fitness for Health and Fitness Professionals, Journal of Exercise Physiology.[19]
  • Going Deep, CrossFit Journal.[20]


  1. ^ Vanderbilt University Staff Resources, Birthday Quote for Feb. 12
  2. ^ a b Craig Rasmussen, Texas BBQ: Talking Shop with Mark Rippetoe, EliteFTS.
  3. ^ a b c d Wichita Falls Athletic Club, Staff. The Wichita Falls Athletic Club is a gym owned and operated by Mark Rippetoe.
  4. ^ a b c Rippetoe, Mark (2011). Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training (3rd ed.). Aasgard Company. p. 347. ISBN 0-9825227-3-8. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Myles Kantor, A New Sport of Strength: An Interview with Mark Rippetoe on the CrossFit Total, 2007.
  6. ^ a b Starting Strength Seminars
  7. ^ Joey, CCT, Basically Barbells: The CrossFit Basic Barbell Certification Seminar, 2006.
  8. ^ The Aasgard Company, Starting Strength Seminars
  9. ^ CrossFit: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly
  10. ^ Testosterone Nation, Mark Rippetoe Quotes.
  11. ^ Rip QoTD Coach Rip Quotes.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Matt Reynolds, In the Trenches - An Interview With Mark Rippetoe.
  13. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (2009). Practical Programming for Strength Training (2nd ed.). Aasgard Company. p. 204. ISBN 0-9825227-0-3. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  14. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (2007). Strong Enough? Thoughts on Thirty Years of Barbell Training. Aasgard Company. p. 204. ISBN 0-9768054-4-8. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  15. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (2009). Mean Ol’ Mr. Gravity (1st ed.). Aasgard Company. p. 364. ISBN 0-9825227-1-1. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  16. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (25 February 2009). Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training (DVD). Aasgard Company. 
  17. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (April 2000). "Strength and conditioning for fencing". Strength and Conditioning Journal 22 (2). 42. 
  18. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (June 2001). "Let's Learn How to Coach the Squat". Strength and Conditioning Journal 23 (3). 11. 
  19. ^ Rippetoe, Mark; Lon Kilgore (April 2007). "Redefining Fitness for Health and Fitness Professionals". Journal of Exercise Physiology 10 (2). 34. 
  20. ^ Rippetoe, Mark (September 2006). "Going Deep". CrossFit Journal. 

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