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Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition Paperback – November 11, 2011
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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, 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..
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.
Something worth noting is that these are large format books, look at the dimensions of these tomes! They are printed on essentially 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper! This is an unusual format but it makes for a much more readable text, and the pictures are large enough that relevant details can be extracted. This book would be a bargain at $40!
I also bought The Barbell Prescription: Strength Training for Life After 40 and Practical Programming for Strength Training as they complement this book very well. I have not read these last two as much yet though they seem to be of the same high quality.
Note: Since starting med school, I haven't run any marathons. Lifting has been a great way to get some serious exercise with less serious time commitment (only 3 days/week). I'm not lifting to improve my running. In fact, I've gained 30 lbs in the past few months, so I bet I'm way slower.