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Rippetoe Interview

An excerpt from the interview..... Out of the squat, press, and deadlift, is there a best test of functional and absolute strength? Rip: I really hate questions like that. The deadlift is more functional in that it is very hard to imagine a more useful application of strength than picking heavy shit up off the ground. But the squat is more useful in terms of an exercise because it produces such a profound hormonal response due to the range of motion and the muscle mass involved. The press is a useful test of functional strength because it mimics the way the upper body is actually used. However, if I had to pick one of the three, I suppose it would have to be the deadlift as a test of functional and absolute strength. Myles Kantor has done an interview with Coach Rip regarding the CrossFit Total. The guys at were gracious enough to publish it on their website. See it all below. Enjoy the weekend! Interview with Mark Rippetoe