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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: The Aasgaard Company; 1st edition (December 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982522711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982522714
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Rippetoe is the author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd edition, Strong Enough?, Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity, and numerous journal, magazine and internet articles. He has worked in the fitness industry since 1978, and has been the owner of 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 a CSCS in 1985, and the first to formally relinquish that credential in 2009. Rip was a competitive powerlifter for ten years, and has coached many lifters and athletes, and many thousands of people interested in improving their strength and performance. He conducts seminars on this method of barbell training around the country.

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Mark Rippetoe is the author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd edition, Strong Enough?, Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity, and numerous journal, magazine and internet articles. He has worked in the fitness industry since 1978, and has been the owner of 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 a CSCS in 1985, and the first to formally relinquish that credential in 2009. Rip was a competitive powerlifter for ten years. He won the 198-pound weight class at the Greater Texas Classic in 1982, and placed in state- and regional-level meets for the next 6 years, retiring from competition in 1988. For the next 10 years Rip announced most of the powerlifting meets in North Texas, including the 1995 APF Nationals in Dallas. He retired from powerlifting altogether in 1997, to focus more on Olympic weightlifting.

Rip acquired a solid background in coaching the Olympic lifts as a result of his coach, Bill Starr, using them in his powerlifting training. Further experience with the Olympic lifts came with exposure to the coaching of Tommy Suggs, Jim Moser, Dr. Lon Kilgore, Angel Spassov, Istvan Javorek, Harvey Newton, Mike Conroy, John Thrush, and many fellow lifters. Rip obtained his USWF Level III certification in 1988 at the USOC's Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with Mike Stone, Harvey Newton, and Angel Spassov on faculty. His USAW Senior Coach certification was achieved in 1999 at the OTC with Lyn Jones, John Thrush, and Mike Conroy. He was invited, as an Olympic weightlifting coach, to the Olympic Solidarity course at the OTC in 2000. He taught both the USAW Club Coach course and the Sports Performance Coach course with Dr. Kilgore from 1999 through 2005. Rip served as the president of the North Texas Local Weightlifting Committee of USAW from 2004-2011. He coached and participated in the coaching of James Moser, Glenn Pendlay, Dr. Kilgore, Josh Wells (Junior World Team 2004) most of the national and international-level athletes on the Wichita Falls Weightlifting team, which was hosted and coached at WFAC from 1999 through 2006, as well as the collegiate weightlifting team from Midwestern State University through 2010. Rip still actively coaches the sport on a daily basis at WFAC, and the power clean and power snatch at our seminars around the country every month.

The Starting Strength method of training novices is a distillation of Rip's experiences over three and a half decades as a competitive powerlifter, Olympic weightlifting coach, and gym owner. From its inception in 1984, every new member at WFAC was taught the basic barbell lifts as a part of their membership at the gym, and the application of the basics of powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting to efficiently meet the needs of the general public form the basis of the Starting Strength method, as detailed in Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training.

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The book is informative and often very funny.
Lost Gaijin
I'd recommend this book to someone who has already read Starting Strength and has begun the novice progression program, and who just wants to read more Rippetoe.
Lee Brandt
Mark is great because he has created a program that works well and this book will answer every question or excuse you can come up with while being fun to read!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2010
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This book has taken content from Mark Rippetoe's forum and organized it around various subjects (injury, sports-specific training, etc.) If you have not read Rippetoe before, don't start with this book as it doesn't do him justice. Starting Strength and Practical Programming are excellent books if you are looking for specific training advice and information, and Strong Enough? is a wonderful collection of his essays on the topic of strength training. He is smart and articulate and funny - a combination rarely found in any author, much less one who writes on the subject of weight training.

The problem with this book is that it is difficult to read for the same reasons it is difficult to read Internet forums - the writing is often poor (by those asking the questions) and the content is frequently redundant. This book could have been much, much better had it been written solely by Mr. Rippetoe. Still, if you are a fan (as I am) you will want to buy this book. It is frequently funny and very informative.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Fairchild on January 12, 2010
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This book has all kinds of useful tidbits and builds upon the information currently in Mr. Rippetoe's other books. However, this book has had me laughing hard every time I read it. If you don't learn anything from it, you'll at least find something to give you a good belly laugh.

If you are a fan of Mr. Rippetoe's humor, this book won't let you down. If you are a fan of his brand of knowledge, this book won't let you down. If you are craving a drier, more information-based text like in SS:BBT, this is probably not your book, but you'd still learn something anyway.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. SOH on February 18, 2010
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This book is good to have if you have rip's other 3 books. It povides a lot of small little tips here and there, and some humour too.

However, if you do not have his 3 other books, ''starting strength'', ''practical programming'' and ''Strong enough?''. I recommend you buy, read and understand those books first, in that order. Those are the very basic and most important stuff about strength training you need to know before you try to absorb little tips in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Hickman on January 15, 2010
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First and foremost, if you have not read and are not trying to implement at LEAST Starting Strength if not Practical Programming as well, you're pretty much wasting your time. This book serves as both a FAQ and a philosophical expansion of those two books.

If you are implementing Starting Strength, this is a fantastic and extremely necessary companion for you. While the forum on the website is helpful, your question has probably already been asked and answered and it's probably in this book. There's no need to find it and bookmark it, or print it out, it's all right here.

As for the writing style....Mark is not one of those fluffy "motivational" personal trainers. He has a strong, biting, sarcastic wit about him and it translates into his writing, even more clearly than in "Strong Enough?" I imagine some people will be turned off by that, but it's their loss. Speaking of that book, with the existence of Mean 'Ol Mr. Gravity, Strong Enough is now pretty much unnecessary beyond being a fan of Mark, if your goal is to gain strength training knowledge.

This book has a very specific purpose and it does very well at that. If you need it, get it. If you're looking for a more generalized text, get Starting Strength or The Strongest Shall Survive (or both).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andy68 on February 6, 2014
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A must for anybody interested in strength training, funny, informative, brill...the Q&A is priceless ,most questions on strength training are answered here.......to get the full gist of it it would be benificial to buy "Starting Strength""...rippetoe a flagship and utterly brilliant and essential for anyone interested in proper technique and learning the lifts...I personally have all his books and DVD...p.s, the
starting strength DVD is "the holy grail" of lifting technique....don't know him, but love his work
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Interested Reader on December 29, 2013
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Mark Rippetoe is an excellent writer and a true expert in his field. I just love his books. They are all well-written and informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian on October 1, 2013
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I've never read a book that was a compilation of forum posts. The contents can all be found un-edited on the Starting Strength forums. The content is some of the best written Q&A about barbell training available in print, and there is a lot of humor.

I bought the kindle version and some of the formatting isn't perfect, but it doesn't detract from the insightful and entertaining (if you're into lifting) content.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Lindenstein on August 20, 2013
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Coach Rip says in the beginning of this book..stick this book next to you toilet or when you have free time. It's a good read and you will pick up useful information. I'm halfway finished with it and I've had it for 3 months. Just taking my time and laughing at people who come up with ridiculous questions. You learn fast that common sense isn't so common. It's just a collecting of post from his website. If you want his better stuff purchase SS or Practical Programing.
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