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Strong Enough? Thoughts from Thirty Years of Barbell Training Perfect Paperback – November 28, 2007
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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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This being my first book of his, I am not familiar with the others. Regardless, this is an enjoyable read and although some of the descriptions on form are somewhat dry, that's acceptable. He freely admits and warns us gentle readers. Bully for the author!
Being a collection of essays, the book covers different subjects. As an instructional, it's worthy. As motivation to do squats, deadlifts, and presses (not seated), it's wonderful. Most importantly, he writes in an educated and direct style. If he were writing about cooking, you could detect that he lifts.
If you don't squat or deadlift, you will be insulted by this book. And that's OK because Rip won't care.
It's refreshing to read the musings of someone who's obviously done his homework, lifted hard, and managed to carve an interesting existence doing something he clearly enjoys.
I hope to get a visitor's workout at Wichita Falls Athletic Club and hopefully, meet Rip!
If you like lifting and you like the other books than you will probably enjoy this book just as much.
I haven't missed a training session yet and if I ever wake up feeling too lazy to lug my sorry ass to the gym all I have to do is crack open this book to the last chapter for some inspiration. Or imaginary ass-kicking. Whatever tastes better in your mouth.