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The content on Strength & Science is about one thing and one thing only: the evidence-based approach to fitness. No fads, no ego, and no speculation. If something appears on this site, it's because there's good evidence to back it up - either directly from the scientific literature, or based on a sound line of reasoning. Don't take my word for anything.

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Recent Posts: Strength & Science

What it Takes to Break World Records

This is something I feel like I need to say And I don’t mean that in a “this needs to be said, so I may as well say it,” way. I mean it in a, “It does not benefit me to say this, and I benefit from not saying it, so I feel like I’m the one who is supposed to say it because then people will actually listen,” way. This is what it really takes to be the best and set records in powerlifting. I don’t broadcast this, so a lot of people – even consistent readers – are […]

Making Sense of Strength

“The Map is not the Territory” -Alfred Korzybski   For starters, I just want to be up front about the fact that the subjects covered in this post are very vast subjects. There are dozens of very long, technical books written about them, and this post is just a basic introduction. Actually, it’s more like an introduction to an introduction – I’m currently 20,000 words into a book talking about all of this stuff in much more depth, though still not the depth of any one book drilling down really deep into one specific topic. Also, don’t skip the abstract […]

It’s Time to End this Nonsense. High Bar vs. Low Bar Squatting

Sayre’s law:  “In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake” There are few arguments in the strength world more common than high bar vs. low bar squats, therefore, you can probably assume prior to knowing anything more about the subject that there are few arguments more pointless. Just to make my opinion known before diving in (if you can’t guess it already):  It really doesn’t matter. Of course, though a hearty shrug of the shoulders and the timeless wisdom from the Big Lebowski: “well, yeah, that’s just like, your opinion, […]