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- Item Weight : 2.2 pounds
- Paperback : 347 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0982522738
- ISBN-13 : 978-0982522738
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.75 x 10.98 inches
- Publisher : The Aasgaard Company; 3rd edition (November 11, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,613 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.
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.
Mark Rippetoe provides an irrefutable argument that the best exercises we should use in the gym are barbells.
1. The exercises we choose from should use many muscle groups
2. The exercise takes us through the full range of motion
3. The exercise allows us to lift the heaviest weights possible (with good form of course)
As a personal trainer It's a shame that this information is neglected in most standard textbooks of the subject.
If you're going to buy one book to become a stronger version of yourself and not waste time then make it this one. You won't regret it.
The book and Rippetoe's internet articles very much argues that you must follow the program exactly, and that if you are unsuccessful, it is because you did not follow the program. I've taught people before (other topics) so I appreciate that students are always taking shortcuts or asking to apply adaptations and customizations that don't apply to beginners. However, if you read and watch other coaches, some of this absolutism is overkill. (e.g., on the topic of whether high or low bar squats are better suited to the program). His dietary advice... is old fashioned and seemingly not informed by science, but you can take it with a grain of salt.
Top reviews from other countries
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
You will get strong if you follow the program, eat well, sleep well and stop mincing about.