- Hardcover: 209 pages
- Publisher: Fitness Products (1976)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0012GLS5W
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,987,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Strongest Shall Survive Strength Training for football
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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.
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.Read more ›
A must have book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The go-to athletes' training book. you have a child in HS football?...get the book for himPublished 25 days ago by ABLeever
This is the third copy I've purchased...the last two I've lent to players who went off to college with them, and I'm okay with that. Great program, well written and explained. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Riverside Mike
This book is STILL number one in my fitness library. Follow Starr's advice and you can't help get strong.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you want to be strong, then this is required reading. Anything by Bill Starr is scripture for weightlifting. End of StoryPublished 7 months ago by Steev
Very informative and basic in it's approach to strength training. No gimmicks - it's just simply about working hard at being smart about how to strength train.Published 8 months ago by A.D.White
Some good insights, and broad coverage. But it's content is devalued by better, more rigorous books that have been written since. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steven Piraino