32 Best Mark Rippetoe Quotes

32 Best Mark Rippetoe Quotes

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Mark Rippetoe is a highly renowned strength trainer and author. He has built a brand of workout programs that are widely used by body builders and athletes around the world. He most recently is associated with the wildly popular CrossFit movement.

“Big arms are fun, and if their training doesn’t interfere with the rest of the program, wait till everybody’s gone, like I do.”

“A common problem in analysis is the confusion of correlation with causation. Baker illustrates this nicely for us. Lots of people, all of whom are crazy as hell, train early in the morning without problems. Coffee becomes more important than testosterone in this situation.”

“Accumulating injuries are the price we pay for the thrill of not having sat around on our asses.”

“An adult male weighs at least 200 pounds”

“And the book is not any more expensive in Australia than it is here except for the shipping, which is what you get for living in Australia.”

“Any idiot can get on a treadmill and watch TV and then take great pride in the fact they’ve ‘exercised.”

“Baby mammals drink milk, and you sir, are a baby mammal.”

“But a hot gym is where most of us have trained before. Learn to deal with it: more water, more minerals, bigger balls.”

“Go home and tell Mom that you’re a man now.”

“I can teach idiots to squat in ten minutes.”

“I don’t even like Greg Glassman. I don’t have a cult like allegiance to the guy. I really don’t like him. He’s too hard to get on the phone and he doesn’t drink my kind of scotch.”

“I have bought 4-6 double cheeseburgers and thrown away the bread many times. But I think they just raised the price from $1 to $1.25. Rapists.”

“I know that I’m an animal that displays bilateral symmetry. I understand that one side should be the mirror of the other, and that human perceptions of beauty are intimately associated with symmetry. For example, I am very handsome.”

“I like musicianship, and it’s quite lacking in most modern popular music. You’re always safe with old Chicago, the Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, or Tower of Power.”

“I recommend against a wooden squat rack, for much the same reason that I recommend against a wooden car.”

“If every day of your life you are told by authority figures that the Earth is flat, you will be scared of falling off the edge whether you want to be or not.”

“If you are so inflamed that you can’t train, and ibuprofen and fish oil help with inflammation, maybe you’d better take the ibuprofen and fish oil.”

“Just because some jackass asserts a thing does not mean that it is worthy of refutation. If the same guy tells you that every space shuttle launch perturbs the Earth’s orbit, and that the cumulative effects are just about to start the process of the loss of the atmosphere into space, thus creating a vacuum that will destroy all life on the planet in approximately 36 hours, would you deem this necessary to refute? How much time would you spend explaining to him why this cannot happen? Would not your time be spent better doing other things? And if you devise a concise explanation, why would you assume he would understand?”

“Opinions are like phasers — everybody ought to have one.”

“People at the Division One and pro level rarely know what the hell they are doing, their athletes are pre-sorted.”

“Poor form in the gym is caused by insufficient yelling.”

“Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general.”

“The only legitimate use for a glove is to cover an injury… A desire to prevent callus formation (possibly so as to not snag one’s pantyhose) does not constitute a legitimate use.”

“There are few things graven in stone, except that you have to squat or you’re a pussy.”

“There is no substitute for milk. Sorry.”

“There is no such thing as “firming and toning.” There is only stronger and weaker.”

“What we’re trying to do is get things fixed, not allow them to stay broke.”

“Women who do look like men have taken some rather drastic steps in that direction that have little to do with their exercise program.”

“Your ideal body weight as an ectomorph at 6′ 0″ will be 214.378 lbs. There. Happy? And if you lose or gain a pound, I will have you killed. It is important to be ideal.”

“Your muscles cannot get “longer” without some rather radical orthopedic surgery.”