and its definetly number one when it comes to real barbell training. there is a website see link with some wit and wisdoms of rip. who is very funny at times.
Here are a few samples of some of his gems from this page
"My opinion about barbell rows is as follows: fuck barbell rows. Really. Fuck them. Stop wasting time worrying about barbell rows and get your deadlift up to 500. By then you'll have your own opinion and you won't have to worry about mine. "
"On response to a guy who had some life problems lately and afraid of sounding like a "pussy": You don't sound like a pussy at all. You sound like a normal human being, just like me, who thankfully has a barbell to keep him sane when things get shitty...and realize that one workout out of thousands does not affect your overall progress. Training is a process, not the events of one day "
Absolutely not. Never -- and I mean NEVER -- try anything that someone in authority, like Me, has not specifically approved in advance. This is not allowed, and is specifically prohibited, because if you do this irresponsible thing -- this Trying Things For Yourself -- you might learn on your own, and again, this is PROHIBITED. Let me ask you a question: Are you from North Korea? "
"Speaking of kettlebells snatches shoulder position and the Russian: I am a child of the Cold War. I don't like them. "
and my favorate that i have read so far in the humor dep.
"Trust me, if you do an honest 20 rep program, at some point Jesus will talk to you. On the last day of the program, he asked if he could work in"
and for those skinny bastards like me
"And folks, for weight-gaining purposes, "eating clean" is not a useful concept. Big Macs are"
"A 2 pound weight gain doesn't count, since it is the size of an average turd"
Most of the problems with the bodies and minds of the folks occupying the current culture involve an unwillingness to do anything hard, or anything that they'd rather not do. I applaud your resolve, and I welcome you to the community of people who have decided that EASY will no longer suffice. "
If lifting heavy weights for partial [squats] were of any benefit for sports, Gold's Gym would be fielding the majority of the 2008 Olympic team. "
There are no shortcuts. The fact that a shortcut is important to you means that you are a pussy. Let me be clear here: if you'd rather take steroids than do your squats heavy and drink enough milk, then you are a fucking Pussy. I have no time or patience for fucking Pussies. Please tell everyone you know that I said this. "
- all by mark rippetoe.