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Strongest Shall Survive Strength Training for football Hardcover – January 1, 1976


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  • Hardcover: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Fitness Products (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012GLS5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,213,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I feel stronger and healthier than ever.
N. Anderson
As for the book itself, while it's dated in terms of years, all of the information in it is still applicable today.
Osirius
One of the best and most important books ive ever read.
Matt

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Scott C. Locklin VINE VOICE on April 14, 2007
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Bill Starr's book on strength training for Football (which is really strength training for any sport), is an absolute classic of the field. If you wish to become strong, and you are limited to one book, this is the book to own. In it, Starr outlines a basic 5x5, 3 exercise strength training program. He covers athletic recovery, cycling, nutrition (there is excellent nutrition advice in there I've read nowhere else), training psychology, injury recovery, supplimentary training, anatomy, drugs, the role of the coach and fat loss. Starr was so far ahead of his time ... he wrote this in the 1970s (the haircuts in the photographs in the book are hilarious: think, Pete Rose hair), and it is still ahead of its time.

Many strength trainers will disagree with his use of the power clean as the primary pulling motion. I think Starr is onto something with this. While I have done deadlift only programs, deadlifts are pretty rough on the back and nerves, and as far as I can tell, compared to the clean or other olympic lifts, they do nothing for athletic ability. It may be that others will do better using deadlifts or some other form of non-explosive pull, but I'd have to guess that such people are not athletes. This book is for training athletes; not for training the pump and pose crowd.

I do not presently train in the 5x5 fashion, though it was the longest lived and most productive of any of my training programs, and I suspect I'll be back. I still refer to this book first whenever I encounter a training issue. Chances are, if you have an issue, Bill Starr has a solution for it, even if you're training much differently than what he recommends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grant on April 16, 2012
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For an old school book it still has great facts and info. Heavy, light and medium training is easy one of the best methods out there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 26, 2003
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after 3 months on this program i can not believe the results....my strength has more than doubled....all my family have noticed my increased size...and i can not believe how much it has improved my football...this book is the best book on strength and size that i have ever used....i wish i found it in my 20s instead of my 40s....i will pass this book onto my son.....i have tried every thing and untill using this program my results were very average..now i am huge....the results are amazing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Osirius on July 30, 2012
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So, I'll start with the ordering/shipping process.

Amazon ships this from the same seller as the Starting Strength books, and I received it in about half the time they said it would arrive . I was very happy with the book, it showed up in near-perfect condition.

As for the book itself, while it's dated in terms of years, all of the information in it is still applicable today. Most of Starr's 5x5 programs have different names nowadays, but are just as effective as they were when he published this book.

While the first portion (1/3 or so) is devoted to actually teaching the lifts and programs, the book extends into all aspects of training a football team. From maintaining motivation to lift with heavy days and competition, to how to approach different position athletes in terms of goals, Starr shows his years of experience in dealing with the sport. The final part of the book deals with nutrition, supplementation, and rest, which are usually glossed over when it comes to the sport's training method. He goes into great detail to show just how very important nutrition and rest can be when it comes to training elite athletes. I also find it refreshingly forward of him to cover athletes and drug use, including steroids, alcohol, and marijuana. Instead of just demonizing them, he approaches the problem from a coaching perspective, and in doing so, advocates a position of moderation on the latter two. Starr knows that athletes are going to drink, and probably smoke, because of the social aspects of the drugs, and so advocates for education on the drugs, and in not using them a few days before game time, or letting it impede with training.

If you're interested in training, and it's your first time, go ahead and skip this and get Starting Strength by Rippetoe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. James D. Easton on September 4, 2012
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Short and somewhat dated-but covers fundamentals that may get lost in more recent works. Nutrition. Sleep. Rehabilitation after injuries. Intensity. Weight. Muscle development. When things are stalled, these are things you need to check.

A must have book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce C Reed on May 9, 2013
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I searched far and wide for this book for years. Excellent book worth alot more than i paid for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Anderson on December 3, 2013
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It has helped me have more direction and purpose in the gym. I got it because I was tired of excessively complicated isolation exercise routines, and I didn't have the time to spend multiple hours in the gym on a daily basis. Now it is warm up, three exercises in five sets of five, and I'm done in 45 minutes. I feel stronger and healthier than ever.

Highly recommended.
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