|Print List Price:||$29.95|
Save $19.96 (67%)
Starting Strength Kindle Edition
|Length: 347 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled|
Kindle e-ReadersFire TabletsFire Phones
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
So what's the book about anyway? Well, the Cliff Notes version is that its a book on how to lift weights PROPERLY using a barbell. A few details:
-the book spends a lot of time discussing the details of all the basic barbell exercises, such as the squat, the bench press, the deadlift, the press, and the power clean. As you might have guessed, the book devotes a whole chapter to each movement. For instance, the squat is discussed on pages 8-63, while the bench press is discussed on pages 66-102- I give you the page numbers to show you how in depth the book goes into each exercise
-you'll learn a lot of details that are often times neglected, such as grip, and the placement of other body parts that are indirectly used during an exercise. As an example, the book spends about 4 pages discussing foot placement during the bench press exercise.
-the book is filled with pictures and diagrams. In fact its hard to find a page that doesn't have one picture or diagram on it.
-the book does also cover "useful assistance exercies" as well, such as chin-ups, dips, rows, barbell curls, etc.
The book ends with a nice section that talks about a lot of "miscellaneous" things, things such as the order of doing exercises, warm-up sets, nutrition, soreness and injuries, etc. As you can see, this is a pretty detailed and comprehensive book, a book I think all weight lifters, beginners and experienced, will get a lot out of. Also, weightlifters with bad shoulders should check out Bulletproof Your Shoulder.
This is the book that you buy when you want results.
* The author has a very fine grasp on anatomy, and when he explains the lifts, he goes into great detail in his explanations to tell you why you should lift in one way vs. another. For instance, he advocates arching your back hard when performing a bench press to increase the angle of the attack of the pecs. Likewise, he spends a GREAT deal of time explaining that the arms should NOT hang plumb in a deadlift, since, if the shoulders are forward of the bar, this enables the traps to be perpendicular to the humerus and maximize the force of their isometric contraction. You need not be concerned with these particular details while reading this review, but be aware that Rippetoe will spend considerable amount of time talking about them.
* Rippetoe is extremely thorough. He talks in great length about every aspect of the lifts, including stance, breathing, grip, neck position, and so forth. Each small aspect of the lift is expanded in great detail, with large discussions about why altering that aspect might adversely affect the lifting efficiency or safety.
* There are not enough illustrations to adequately demonstrate all the body parts and their relationships that Rippetoe speaks about in the text. There are many *photos*, but you need *illustrations* for the muscles and ligaments. For instance, I have several times read the section on shoulder impingement in the chapter on the bench press, but the one or two illustrations do not, in my opinion, adequately demonstrate this. You may say, "Yeah, but who cares?Read more ›
|Length: 3:48 Mins|
The Kindle version is an excellent companion to the text. I have not come across another e-Pub with better graphics. The text to graphic links remain true throughout the text - providing the reader with a flow and understanding that is not lost in the e-Pub.
Additionally, the Kindle has a "In the Gym: Quick Reference" that assists the user with quick navigation to the parts of the book specifically helpful when training in a gym environment.
In my opinion, the Kindle version is a must have companion to the text - or if the reader prefers - an exceptional alternative to the printed version.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great stuff! I knew this book explained the practical how-to of basic barbell training, but I had no idea that it would provide so much science regarding the question of why to... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Ted Clark
Taught me how to lift. I've been going to the gym for years before I got this book, I would always have troubles with little back pains, etc when I got to heavy weights, I would... Read morePublished 1 day ago by E. A. Shaw
I train alone. This book is my coach. I have highlighted and tagged pages in it so when something doesn't feel right, I can refer to the book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Patrick Horn
This is a must-have for any serious weightlifter. Excellent resource to learn the major lifts: Squat, Deadlift, Bench Press, Overhead Press, as well as the most useful assistance... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
To say this book is thorough is is an understatement, it goes beyond thorough. Mr. Rippetoe covers the most intricate movements of the big lifts to the point that it borders on... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jacques65
I've been pumping iron off and on since 1978. I considered myself to be fairly knowledgeable on the subject after years of reading and practice. Guess what? Read morePublished 5 days ago by Boothe
Great book, only a third of the way through it. The worst thing you can do for yourself is think you know everything. Keep an open mind and read this book! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jarred Curling
This book should be mandatory reading for anyone remotely interested in strength training with proper form. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Brian M