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Starting Strength Summary
This publisher’s blurb comes from the Aasgaard Company’s 2013 3rd edition of Starting Strength
“Starting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books.
The second edition, Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, sold over 80,000 copies in a competitive global market for fitness education.
Along with Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd Edition, they form a simple, logical, and practical approach to strength training.
Now, after six more years of testing and adjustment with thousands of athletes in seminars all over the country, the updated third edition expands and improves on the previous teaching methods and biomechanical analysis.
No other book on barbell training ever written provides the detailed instruction on every aspect of the basic barbell exercises found in SS:BBT3.
And while the methods for implementing barbell training detailed in the book are primarily aimed at young athletes, they have been successfully applied to everyone: young and old, male and female, fit and flabby, sick and healthy, weak and already strong.
Many people all over the world have used the simple biological principle of stress/recovery/adaptation on which this method is based to improve their performance, their appearance, and their long-term health.
With over 150,000 copies in print in three editions, Starting Strength is the most important method available to learn the most effective way to train with barbells — the most important way to improve your strength, your health, and your life.
- Why barbells are the most effective tools for strength training.
- The mechanical basis of barbell training, concisely and logically explained.
- All new photographs and improved illustrations of all the lifts, and the biomechanics behind them.
- Complete, easy-to-follow instructions for performing the basic barbell exercises: the squat, press, deadlift, bench press, power clean, and the power snatch.
- Revised instruction methods for all six lifts, proven effective in four years of seminar, military, and group instruction.
- How the human body adapts to stress through recovery, and why this is the foundation of the development of strength and lifetime health.
- How to program the basic exercises into the most effective program for long-term progress.
- Completely indexed.
- The most productive method in existence for anyone beginning a strength training program.
- Why Barbells?
- Loaded Human Movement
- Squat Depth — Safety and Importance
- Learning to Squat
- Leverage and Moment — The Basis of Barbell Training
- Common Problems Everyone Should Know How to Solve
- The Master Cue
- Spotting the Squat
- Personal Equipment
- Coaching Cues
- Learning to Press
- Faults and Corrections
- Learning to Deadlift
- Back Position
- Pulling Mechanics
- The Little Details
- Learning to Bench Press
- Common Problems Everyone Should Know How to Solve
- Racking Errors
- The Neuromuscular System
- Power, Force Production, and Velocity
- Learning the Power Clean
- Correcting Problems
- The Power Snatch
- Partial Movements
- Squat Variations
- Bench Press Variations
- Deadlift Variations
- Press Variations
- Ancillary Exercises
- Barbell Training: There’s Just No Substitute
- Learning the Lifts
- Nutrition and Bodyweight
- Soreness and Injuries
- Barbell Training for Kids
Starting Strength Contents
Starting Strength contains 8 main chapters…
Chapter 1 – Strength: Why and How
Chapter 2 – The Squat
Chapter 3 – The Press
Chapter 4 — The Deadlift
Chapter 5 — The Bench Press
Chapter 6 – The Power Clean
Chapter 7 – Useful Assistance Exercises
Chapter 8 – Programming
Best Starting Strength Quotes
These Starting Strength quotes come from The Art of Living's ever-growing central library of thoughts, anecdotes, notes, and inspirational quotes.
"A weak man is not as happy as that same man would be if he were strong. This reality is offensive to some people who would like the intellectual or spiritual to take precedence. It is instructive to see what happens to these very people as their squat strength goes up."- Mark Rippetoe, Starting Strength
"There is simply no other exercise, and certainly no machine, that produces the level of central nervous system activity, improved balance and coordination, skeletal loading and bone density enhancement, muscular stimulation and growth, connective tissue stress and strength, psychological demand and toughness, and overall systemic conditioning than the correctly performed full squat."- Mark Rippetoe, Starting Strength
"You do not need to do many different exercises to get strong - you need to get strong on a very few important exercises, movements that train the whole body as a system, not as a collection of separate body parts. The problem with the programs advocated by all the national exercise organizations is that they fail to recognize this basic principle: the body best adapts as a whole organism to stress applied to the whole organism. The more stress that can be applied to as much of the body at one time as possible, the more effective and productive the adaptation will be."- Mark Rippetoe, Starting Strength
"'Squatting' in a Smith machine is an oxymoron. A Smith machine is not a squat rack, no matter what... the front desk tells you. A squat cannot be performed on a Smith machine any more than it can be performed in a small closet with a hamster. Sorry. There is a gigantic difference between a machine that makes the bar path vertical for you and a squat that is executed correctly enough to have a vertical bar path. The job of keeping the bar path vertical should be done by the muscles, skeleton, and nervous system, not by grease fittings, rails, and floor bolts."- Mark Rippetoe, Starting Strength
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