Mark Rippetoe is the author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Strong Enough?, numerous magazine and journal articles, and the co-author of Practical Programming for Strength Training. He has worked in the fitness industry since 1978, and has owned the Wichita Falls Athletic Club since 1984. He graduated from Midwestern State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in geology and a minor in anthropology. He was in the first group certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as CSCS in 1985, and is a USA Weightlifting Senior Coach, CrossFit Coach, and USA Track and Field Level I Coach. He was a competitive powerlifter for ten years, and has coached many lifters and athletes, and thousands of people interested in improving their strength and performance.