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Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition Paperback – November 11, 2011
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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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Bench was 195lbs for 5 reps and is now 245lbs
OHP was 115lbs for 5 and is now 155lbs
DL was 315lbs for 5 and is now 455lbs
BS was 285 for 5 and is now 365lbs
and all still climbing..
Update: My Squat is now 415lbs DL 505lbs
As an added benefit, I am not constantly hurting myself with bad form and having to take time to heal and thus lose gains. Also, I don't hurt when I get up in the morning. All this with previous C-Spine, knee and nerve damage injuries from three combat tours to Iraq.
He tells you how to do the exercises, and why you should do them a certain way and the answer is usually the same: due to the laws of gravity, here is how to move the barbell in the most efficient manner which will get you strong, very quick. I love the no-nonsense, but highly scientific explanations behind each exercise. Each exercise is given a minimum of (I'm estimating here) 50 pages or more, so you can be sure the author imparts as much knowledge as he can in instructing you how to do the lifts properly.
I highly recommend this to anyone, young or old, who wishes to have stronger bones and muscles while doing the five basic barbell exercises described in great detail in this book.
Whilst this book is aimed towards beginning strength trainers, I recommend all beginning and intermediate powerlifter, and even some advanced lifters, to study this book. In the kidle version which I have there must be about 50 pages just on proper deadlift technique, similarly for the other lifts.
Stop dallying about just buy this book now.
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A must for everyone that lifts. You need to read it, no excuses.
If you like the idea of getting stronger, that's the book.