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"Common Sense brings the Popular Mythology of Strength Training down a couple of well-deserved notches." -- Mike Lambert, Editor Powerlifting USA

About the Author

Mark Rippetoe, CSCS is the owner and general manager of Wichita Falls Athletic Club, CrossFit Wichita Falls, and Performance Sports Conditioning. He has 25 years experience in the fitness industry and 10 years experience as a competitive powerlifter. He has coached athletes in barbell and strength sports since 1980. He was in the very first group to sit for the NCSA's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam in 1985, and has been continuously certified since then. He was certified by USA Weightlifting as a Level III Coach in 1988, and currently holds the Senior Coach certification, as well as the USA Track and Field Level I certification. He has coached numerous national level strength competitors, NCAA athletes, and many thousands of people interested in improving their health and strength. Author of a classic strength training text, Starting Strength, he has also written articles for a variety of professional and strength sport magazines.

Lon Kilgore, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Kinesiology at Midwestern State University (USA) where he teaches exercise physiology and anatomy. He has held faculty appointments in Exercise Science at Warnborough University (UK) and in Kinesiology and Kansas State University. He has authored and co-authored four textbooks and numerous research articles on the biology of exercise. A nationally ranked weightlifter from age 13, he has extensive practical experience as an NCAA strength coach and as coach of international caliber competitive weightlifters. He is a coaching certification instructor for all levels of USA Weightlifting's coaching development system and has been a member or Chair of the USAW Sports Science Committee for 9 years. He was also a primary proposal author and researcher on the USOC Weightlifting Performance Enhancement Team project and is also a member of the Board of Certification for the American Society of Exercise Physiologists.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Aasgaard Company (September 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976805413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976805410
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished this book and frankly, this is a book that needed to be written. I have a significantly long training and coaching history, and most consider me to be well read and very aware of the subject and material.

Most books fall into two categories:

1) Your basic commercial garbage and gimmicks that while not always horrible range from overly simplistic to downright ignorant (most anything at your local bookstore and certainly this is mirrored in poor quality on the newsstand)

2) More advanced texts on the subject most of which are hard to find in addition to being beyond what most people are able to digest and be able to apply (Siff's Supertraining as well as the Russian works translated by Bud Charniga and others)

There is really no place for someone without a lot of experience and exposure to go to and learn real training and programming from the ground up. This book is unique in the respect that it provides what are considered very advanced topics and implementation in a book intended to be digestable for someone who is not an experienced coach or expert on the subject. That's not to say this is written at the idiot level, it's an in-depth read, but nothing that interest, motivation, and general grasp of the English language can't easily make it through.

On to the book.

To understand programming and organization, it's necessary to understand the responses to training, the constraints imposed by the body and how both change with the developing lifter or athlete. The authors provide all of the relevant systems and physiology including very thorough explanations of periodization and dual factor theory.
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Most books on periodization are theoretical tomes that present lovely models, charts and graphs but leave the reader at a loss to put it into a practical training format.

Enter Practical Programming. Written by Lon Kilgore and Mark Rippetoe (with contributions from Glenn Pendlay), the authors of the excellent and highly recommended Starting Strength, this book presents an easy to read and practical approach to programming for strength training.

Written in an easy to follow style, using easily understood charts and graphs where necessary, Practical Programming maps out training from novice to the most advanced levels of training. Sample workouts, progressions, in addition to troubleshooting tips are all provided.

The book starts by covering physiological fundamentals of training, recovery, adaptation. This isn't a typical jargon filled book, the concepts are clear and presented for maximum understanding. This all provides the basis for the individuals chapters on programming.

The section on novice trainers picks up where Starting Strength left off. A basic routine around a handful of primary movements (squat, bench press, deadlift, overhead press) is set up based on repeat sets of 5's. Explanations for how to progress weight, what to do when the trainee stalls and everything else a novice needs to now is present here. The novice stage may last 3-9 months for the typical trainee.

In the intermediate section, a number of training models are provided. The intermediate needs heavier loading to make progress and rather than focusing on workout to workout improvements (like the novice), they start thinking in terms of weekly loading. Pendlay's Texas method (with one volume day, one intensity day, and one light day) is described in detail.
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I can't add anything much to the other 10 reviews, all giving it 5 stars. I'm sure they have all covered it all, already.


It should be your number one purchase ahead of all other training gear. Ahead of gym memberships, ahead of a bar and plates. Get this.

And number 2 is "Starting Strength" by the same authors.

You absolutely must read and LEARN what is in this book before wasting time reading the other rubbish out there in books, on websites, by countless authors making things more complex than they need be.

This book is gold. If you could send it back in time say, 20 years it would be worth its weight in gold. It would be priceless back in the days of muscle beach. Back then, good information was hard to get hold of unless you met some of the great trainers. Today, information is everywhere, but the quality of info. is sometimes dubious.

Get this book first and use it as your guide.

Hope that has convinced you. It really is better than all other books on the topic, if you are trying to decide between this and anything else, get THIS FIRST. You will thank me that you did.

Good luck.
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After almost sixteen years of lifting I thought I had a pretty good grasp of the subject. I've been put through pure physical hell in various law enforcement academies, at both the state and federal level. I've been a hard core CrossFit devotee for the last almost three years. I thought I knew a thing or two.

I was wrong.

It took about five minutes on the phone with Mr. Rippetoe after reading this book to completely convince me I was wrong. I thought after all my time in the gym I was already at Intermediate level and could jump on in and swim in the deep end. That notion was disabused quickly. No, I was informed, you need some more core Novice work.

I swallowed my pride, sucked it up and asked him for the workout he thought I needed. Page 155, I was told. "Well," Mr. "Rip" said, "change it this way," which included me adding back extensions and power cleans.

"Well," I said, "I've not really done power cleans that much and have no training in them, just been doing them how I think they should be done. Any suggestions? You know anyone in my area who could teach me?"

"Hell," he said, "I'm less than two hours away from you. Come see me Saturday."

So I did.

I spent two hard, grueling, demanding, wonderful, difficult, sweaty, mind-blowing hours in Wichita Falls, TX learning how to power clean. True to expectations I'd been doing them all wrong. I still wasn't doing them close to right when I left his gym, making the long drive home, already starting to stiffen, but I was a sight better than when I got there. Bad habits are hard to break and I had instilled some whoppers. Through it all Mr. Rippetoe was a patient, thoughtful, intelligent and articulate coach. He picked on little things, wanting precision.
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