|Born||February 12, 1956|
|Organization||Starting Strength, Wichita Falls Athletic Club|
|Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training|
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 several decades of experience as a strength coach, is a former powerlifter, and is currently a gym owner in Wichita Falls, Texas.
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. He formally relinquished the credential in 2009.
He was formerly associated with the CrossFit community as a subject-matter expert in barbell training. 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. After purchasing rights from Kilgore, he expanded this course into a three-day Starting Strength Seminar produced through The Aasgaard Company in 2010. Rippetoe ended his formal association with CrossFit in 2009 due to personal and ideological differences.
He is also known for his particularly brash teaching style and humor, prompting several online compilations of his attributed quotations. He is the second chair trumpet player in the brass band known as The Anarene Transit Authority.
Rippetoe was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he now resides. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in petroleum geology from Midwestern State University, where he met his mentor Bill Starr in 1979. He competed in powerlifting from 1979 to 1988, winning the Greater Texas Classic in 1981. He bought Anderson's Gym in 1984, which later became the Wichita Falls Athletic Club. He collaborated with Glenn Pendlay, international-level Olympic lifting coach and Lon Kilgore, who established the USA Weightlifting Regional Development Center in Wichita Falls. 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.
As of March, 2020, Rippetoe's Aasgard Company, which he co-owns with Stef Bradford, is in ongoing litigation with Matt Reynolds’ company, ReynoldsStrong. Matt Reynolds is a former Starting Strength Coach whose company previously used the name Starting Strength Online Coaching. It now goes by the name Barbell Logic Online Coaching.
Rippetoe has authored several books, peer-reviewed articles, online and DVD instructional videos, and internet posts concerned with strength training.
- Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training (editions 1, 2, 3)
- Practical Programming for Strength Training (editions 1, 2, 3)
- Strong Enough? Thoughts on Thirty Years of Barbell Training
- Mean Ol’ Mr. Gravity
- Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training
- "Strength and conditioning for fencing", Strength and Conditioning Journal
- "Let's Learn How to Coach the Squat", Strength and Conditioning Journal
- "Redefining Fitness for Health and Fitness Professionals", Journal of Exercise Physiology
- "Going Deep", CrossFit Journal
- Vanderbilt University Staff Resources, Birthday Quote for Feb. 12 Archived February 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- Craig Rasmussen, Texas BBQ: Talking Shop with Mark Rippetoe Archived January 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, EliteFTS.
- Wichita Falls Athletic Club, Staff. The Wichita Falls Athletic Club is a gym owned and operated by Mark Rippetoe.
- Rippetoe, Mark (2011). Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training (3rd ed.). Aasgard Company. p. 347. ISBN 978-0-9825227-3-8.
- 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.
- "Starting Strength". Starting Strength.
- Joey, CCT, Basically Barbells: The CrossFit Basic Barbell Certification Seminar, 2006.
- The Aasgard Company, Starting Strength Seminars
- Nation, Mark Rippetoe, T. "CrossFit: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly". T NATION.
- Testosterone Nation, Mark Rippetoe Quotes.
- Rip QoTD Coach Rip Quotes.
- Matt Reynolds, In the Trenches - An Interview With Mark Rippetoe.
- Rippetoe, Mark (2009). Practical Programming for Strength Training (2nd ed.). Aasgard Company. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-9825227-0-7.
- Rippetoe, Mark (2007). Strong Enough? Thoughts on Thirty Years of Barbell Training. Aasgard Company. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-9768054-4-1.
- Rippetoe, Mark (2009). Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity (1st ed.). Aasgard Company. p. 364. ISBN 978-0-9825227-1-4.
- Rippetoe, Mark (February 25, 2009). Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training (DVD). Aasgard Company.
- Rippetoe, Mark (April 2000). "Strength and conditioning for fencing". Strength and Conditioning Journal. 22 (2). 42. doi:10.1519/00126548-200004000-00013.
- Rippetoe, Mark (June 2001). "Let's Learn How to Coach the Squat". Strength and Conditioning Journal. 23 (3). 11.
- 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.
- Rippetoe, Mark (September 2006). "Going Deep". CrossFit Journal.
- Rob Sachs, What Would Rob Do to Lose 10 Pounds in 2009?, 2009. NPR interview with Mark Rippetoe.
- Matt Reynolds, In the Trenches - An Interview With Mark Rippetoe
- Myles Kantor, Going Deeper into the Deadlift with Mark Rippetoe. Interview.
- Charles Staley, Mark Rippetoe: Starting Strength, mp3, 2008. Audio interview with Mark Rippetoe.
- Chris Colucci, Starting Strength: An Interview with Mark Rippetoe, 2009. T-nation interview with Mark Rippetoe.
- Reddit, I am Mark Rippetoe, author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training. Ask Me Anything., 2011.