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Mark Rippetoe Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training -Legit or hype

Rippetoe is a controversial old-school advocate of basic lifts done right vs cross-fit and bodybuilding exercises. Do you agree with his approach or should it be folded-into a broader workout plan?

He's also very droll and macho/ Here's a favorite quote: "The only legitimate use for gloves (in weightlifting) is to cover an injury... A desire to prevent callus formation (possibly so as to not snag one's pantyhose) does Not constitute a legitimate use.
And if you do insist on wearing gloves; make sure they match your purse. "