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before i move along here, I guess I should also mention StrongLifts, as that's a similar (but different) beginner barbell program thrown around for noobs.

I was hardcore Starting Strengther and Rippetoeian. From what I remember, Rippetoe wasn't a big fan of StrongLifts, and I was a blind SS follower. So I didn't like StrongLifts. I still don't.

Guy publishes a program that existed decades ago. Guy becomes the poster child for the program. Guy becomes (rather) Internet famous.

It took me six years of injuries and flailing to build a programming methodology I was proud enough to publish. And another two years to wrestle with the fact that my programming methodology was 70% unoriginal.

I’m not a good person for hating him for said reason(s). It probably hints that, buried in my subconscious is the feeling that I, too, want to be Internet famous.

Just kidding. I mean. Seriously? You actually thought? Come on. There’s nothing buried in my subconscious. It’s totally conscious.

On the surface. Because #authenticity is what the world needs, bro. I am Jack’s gelatinous mass of jealousy.

Those celebrities posting selfies without makeup are so #brave — showing their flaws to the world and all, I mean, guys, don’t you see? Let’s raise them to an even godlier status for reminding us how easy it is to be “normal” only after you have millions of dollars in your bank resulting from years of complete inauthenticity.

So clever. Deceive. Win. Deceive the deceived. Win again. Why am I here? We are the deceived; lost in the foreseen.

Wait. You’re still here? You deserve a reward. I’m not going to give you one, but you deserve one.

but srs…

StrongLifts is similar enough to Starting Strength for me to draw the (eventual) same conclusion. meaning you can swap one out for the other and it won't matter. meaning the i need to lock my doors because the Starting Strengthians are going to be out for my blood.

but i'm talking too far ahead in the future. things will make sense when its time for them to make sense.

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Trying to lose fat, build muscle, and build a body you’re proud of?

Maybe you’re a little lost right now.

Maybe you don’t have much motivation.

Maybe you don’t what program or diet to use.

I don’t know…

But what I do know is this:

Everything you need is inside of you.

You’re capable of more than know.

You just have to open your eyes.

My weekly column can help.

Just a small little honest note from me sent every Sunday.

Unless I’m hungover.

And then it comes Monday.

What I’m trying to say is that it’ll come Monday.

(These weekly columns don’t get posted to the site.)

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