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Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training Paperback – Nov 11 2011
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Rippetoe's book shows you how-- and why-- to safely and productively lift free weights, and why to avoid crap like stability balls, plyometrics, balance boards, Pilates, gym machines and so forth. Five exercises are all it takes: the squat, dead-lift, bench-press, the power-clean and press. Pull-ups are also helpful. Your workout in a free-weight gym-- including warm-up-- is 45 minutes, and Rippetoe's program gets you massive gains in strength with two or three sessions a week. This is *functional strength* training, not bodybuilding: Rippetoe wants you to be able to pick up your three and five year old at the same time as the two bags of groceries, three-in-one a haulbag over a slab, and play soccer and run up- and downhill without destroying your ACL.
The program has worked for me. I can haul 100 lb of rope up the Stawamus Chief and crank out 70 km cycling days easily, with no day-after pains, and I can get a whole lot more affortlessly done around the house. Two 45-min sessions a week have resulted in a doubling of weight over three months, and I thankfully havn't gained much weight or bulk (but I have started getting comments from a few ladies, heh heh). The body-buzz from a weightroom session is blissful and that I see gains each week is quite motivating.
Bottom line: Rippetoe's book and program work. Go forth and lift.
So what's the book about anyway? Well, the Cliff Notes version is that its a book on how to lift weights PROPERLY using a barbell. A few details:
-the book spends a lot of time discussing the details of all the basic barbell exercises, such as the squat, the bench press, the deadlift, the press, and the power clean. As you might have guessed, the book devotes a whole chapter to each movement. For instance, the squat is discussed on pages 8-63, while the bench press is discussed on pages 66-102- I give you the page numbers to show you how in depth the book goes into each exercise
-you'll learn a lot of details that are often times neglected, such as grip, and the placement of other body parts that are indirectly used during an exercise. As an example, the book spends about 4 pages discussing foot placement during the bench press exercise.
-the book is filled with pictures and diagrams. In fact its hard to find a page that doesn't have one picture or diagram on it.
-the book does also cover "useful assistance exercies" as well, such as chin-ups, dips, rows, barbell curls, etc.
The book ends with a nice section that talks about a lot of "miscellaneous" things, things such as the order of doing exercises, warm-up sets, nutrition, soreness and injuries, etc. As you can see, this is a pretty detailed and comprehensive book, a book I think all weight lifters, beginners and experienced, will get a lot out of. Also, weightlifters with bad shoulders should check out Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff.
I've read most of the instructional books on weightlifting and bodybuilding since I started ligting weights in the school gym 20 years ago. This is the best book I've read. It only covers the very basic lifts, with a brief discussion of ancillary lifts. I would recommend this book to any novice or experienced lifter. I would also recommend the DVD. This was money well spent.
If you buy the book, you should also buy decent OLY shoes as Mark recommends. I have the Nike Romaleos and they are great.
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Simplicity and accuracy.
Very clear and informative. Experienced lifters can benefit from a read.
Doing is different from reading!
I've read and re-read this book many times and learn something new every time.
This is the only way to train, everything else is just killing time.
This is an excellent book. It is a must for anyone involved in strength training.Published 29 days ago by Paul Loucks
The mathematical and scientific approach explains the movements in a clear and logical fashion. Sometimes over your head, but I prefer the high level of explanation as opposed to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, it can be difficult to keep reading at times because it's can be rather boring. But the information is invaluable.Published 3 months ago by devin
Good book. A little sparse on the actual training plan, but the program is so simple I guess detailed charts and diagrams aren't necessary. Lots of detail. Read morePublished 4 months ago by TheRedofFury
Excellent book. Very in depth, can be overwhelming at times and textbook-like, but valuable information and would suggest for anyone looking to get into weight training, or even... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Palsh
Everyone talks about our for a reason. It's the best starting point to get into weight training. It's very specific but very useful advice and guidance that while not necessarily... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Will Mitchell