Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition 3rd Edition
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- Publisher : The Aasgaard Company; 3rd edition (November 11, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 347 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0982522738
- ISBN-13 : 978-0982522738
- Item Weight : 2.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.75 x 10.98 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
I give the book 4 stars because, overall, it's an excellent introduction to the method, system, program, philosophy, etc. of Starting Strength. Rippetoe's ("Rip" to the disciples) style is very strong and opinionated, which I like but I think needs to be taken with a grain of salt. That said, the diagrams (even in the Kindle edition) and explanations of the movements are really top notch and do a great job of helping you visualize the movements and do them right. I only deduct a star because some of the descriptions get a little long-winded. It can take a lot of patience to get through pages and pages of why low-bar is better than high-bar or front squat, e.g., with detailed anatomical descriptions, diagrams, physics lessons, etc.
The official Starting Strength app is a great complement to this book, and a really useful tool once you start training. It also contains a very consolidate set of excerpts and diagrams from the book that might be enough to get some people started on the system without reading the whole book. That said, I think it's still worth buying and reading the book for additional information and the context (even if some of it is a little drawn out).
I would recommend that anyone considering starting this on their own either consider finding a local SS coach (if you can afford it!) or SS-knowledgable friend to help get started, but with or without that I would recommend checking out the Starting Strength Youtube channel (DVD excerpt playlists for each move in particular) as well as the Art of Manliness videos where Rip coaches Brett on the moves.
1. Doesn't mention the drawbacks of barbell training.
2. His diet advice: don't follow it, you fool. Unless you want to be obese and increase your chance of health issues.
3. His love of the valsalva maneuver is unwarranted and misleading. Countless lifters and trainees have been injured, some very badly, from passing out or becoming dizzy from it.
4. He openly states injuries are inevitable. What? That invalidates his program altogether. A properly designed training program will not injure you. And guess what, if you are hurt you aren't strong, you're vulnerable until you heal and then regain your strength.
5. Eight sets per exercise including warmups? Seriously? Up to 5 minutes rest between sets? For what, a nap?
6. Heavy squatting 3 times a week? Sure, if you are on steroids and have excellent genetics. If not say hello to gross overtraining.
7. He states you can't gain muscular bodyweight doing HIT circuits. This statement is patently false.
So if you want to become big, fat, strong, hurt, and unhealthy this is the book for you. But if you want to be strong enough, healthy, fit, and uninjured avoid this book like the plague.
The reason I give 4 stars, though, is due to the author's way of communicating his belief system; many times in the book, Rippetoe will dismiss alternative exercises or forms of performing an exercise out-of-hand, without providing any reasoning, only harsh words. Such discussion may come off as authoritative to some, but it can feel a bit like promoting intellectual insulation.
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I'm so glad I bought this book.
Downside is, I learnt that I can't squat 150kg, not properly. The upside is that I'm sure I will be able to, in due course. I dropped weight off the bar, and my technique, and awareness of my positioning, is now so crisp.
Can't recommend this book enough.
Its expensive, but id recommend finding the real book. I think i paid around £35 from a strength training website in the uk