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 is currently a gym owner.[3]

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.[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 now 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 later became the Wichita Falls Athletic Club.[3][12] He collaborated 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 used 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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