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The Strongest Shall Survive: Strength Training for Football Paperback – 1999
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The original classic strength training manual from the late 70's (third printing, revised first edition 1979)l. The purpose of the book is to help high school and college coaches set up functional strength programs with a minimum of equipment and time. It is also valuable to any athlete who trains on his own and needs direction. The manual was written by Bill Starr, a national Olympic weightlifting champion, who became one of the first professional strength coaches in the country when he trained the Baltimore Colts the year they won Super Bowl V. The 209-page reference contains over 200 photos with detailed instructions on how to perform the recommended exercises and put together productive programs from the rank beginner to the advanced athlete. Includes sections on: •Anatomy •Weight Training •Nutrition •Rehabilitation
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Amazon ships this from the same seller as the Starting Strength books, and I received it in about half the time they said it would arrive . I was very happy with the book, it showed up in near-perfect condition.
As for the book itself, while it's dated in terms of years, all of the information in it is still applicable today. Most of Starr's 5x5 programs have different names nowadays, but are just as effective as they were when he published this book.
While the first portion (1/3 or so) is devoted to actually teaching the lifts and programs, the book extends into all aspects of training a football team. From maintaining motivation to lift with heavy days and competition, to how to approach different position athletes in terms of goals, Starr shows his years of experience in dealing with the sport. The final part of the book deals with nutrition, supplementation, and rest, which are usually glossed over when it comes to the sport's training method. He goes into great detail to show just how very important nutrition and rest can be when it comes to training elite athletes. I also find it refreshingly forward of him to cover athletes and drug use, including steroids, alcohol, and marijuana. Instead of just demonizing them, he approaches the problem from a coaching perspective, and in doing so, advocates a position of moderation on the latter two. Starr knows that athletes are going to drink, and probably smoke, because of the social aspects of the drugs, and so advocates for education on the drugs, and in not using them a few days before game time, or letting it impede with training.
If you're interested in training, and it's your first time, go ahead and skip this and get Starting Strength by Rippetoe. It draws heavily from Starr's manual, and updates the information for the relevant audiences. If you're interested in learning the history of the sport, or just reading it straight from the horse's mouth, I'd recommend Starr's book to any interested party. It's a purchase you won't ever regret.