- Paperback: 347 pages
- Publisher: The Aasgaard Company; 3rd edition edition (11 Nov. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982522738
- ISBN-13: 978-0982522738
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 144 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training Paperback – 11 Nov 2011
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About the Author
Mark Rippetoe is an American strength training coach and author. He has published a number of books and peer-reviewed articles. Although he has no advanced degree in exercise science, he has several decades of experience as a strength coach, is a former powerlifter, and a current gym owner. He was a part of the charter group of individuals to receive the CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification when it was first offered by the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) in 1985. He was formerly associated with the CrossFit community as a subject matter expert in barbell training. He authored many training articles for the CrossFit Journal and created the Basic Barbell Certification course, which he conducted from 2006 to 2009. He expanded this course into a three-day Starting Strength Seminar produced through the Aasgaard Company in 2010. He is also known for his particularly brash teaching style and humor, prompting several online compilations of his attributed quotations.
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1. Easy to read and understand, without skimping on the detail.
2. A beginner to intermediate course that works--allowing you to ignore all the 'bro-science' on the net.
3. Re-reading provides further insights that help even more experienced lifters.
1. Not everything about this is right for every lifter--e.g. hand position on the low bar back squat: four years of training, mobility work etc and I can't use the grip he recommends over about 100kg. In other words, as you go along you realise that you need to listen to your own body sometimes, rather than Mr Rippetoe.
2. The author, while clearly an expert in his field, is a little too aware of this fact at times for my tastes. This is an excellent system for most people wanting to develop real world strength but it isn't the ONLY way to do things.
If you are serious about strength training there probably isn't a better foundation program--my advice though is to go just a bit slower than the author recommends unless you are already used to training. If you're new to a barbell I'd advise doing the first two sessions with no weight on the bar then move up from there--it'll reduce your risk of injury.
Note, this review relates to the kindle version.
I have always lifted alone in my garage and so wanted something that would teach me the fundamentals of the lifts I wanted to do, based on the stronglift 5x5 programme. I was not disappointed. This books goes into a lot of depth based on biomechanical research and leaves no stone unturned.
Mark Ripptetoe is a legend and his techniques are widely regarded as the best possible form on the lifts described. I'm confident that what i'm doing is correct.
I'm so glad I bought this book.
Downside is, I learnt that I can't squat 150kg, not properly. The upside is that I'm sure I will be able to, in due course. I dropped weight off the bar, and my technique, and awareness of my positioning, is now so crisp.
Can't recommend this book enough.
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