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Starting Strength

Third Edition, Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training

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Starting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books. In all three editions, Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, has sold over 300,000 copies in a competitive global market for fitness education. Along with Practical Programming for Strength Training 3rd edition, they form a simple, logical, and practical approach to strength training. SS:BBT3 has been translated into German and Korean, with more languages planned in the near future. 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 quality of life. SS:BBT3 is your complete guide to developing strength -- the foundation of athletic performance and the key to long-term health.

Upgrades from 2nd edition: Expanded theoretical discussion and fully developed Moment Model of Barbell Training. Simplified, streamlined teaching model. Dramatically improved illustrations and photographs. Content reorganization and professional layout. Coated, wear-resistant paper.

Author: Mark Rippetoe
Contributor: Stef Bradford
Illustrator: Jason Kelly

Paperback edition ISBN: 978-0-982-5227-3-8; 0-982-52273-8
First publication date: November 11, 2011
First print run identification: copyright page string = 15 14 13 12 11 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 and Authors page, featuring the Orang, 347p
Current version: 3rd edition, second revision 2013, 360p (expanded index vs 1st printing)
Current printing: 10th

Hardback (library-bound) edition ISBN: 978-0-982-5227-4-5; 0-982-52274-6
First publication date: November 11, 2011
First print run identification: copyright page string = 15 14 13 12 11 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 and Authors page, featuring the Orang
Current version: 3rd edition
Current printing: 1st


Second Edition

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Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training is the new expanded version of the book that has been called "the best and most useful of fitness books." It picks up where Starting Strength: A Simple and Practical Guide for Coaching Beginners leaves off. With all new graphics and more than 750 illustrations, a more detailed analysis of the five most important exercises in the weight room, and a new chapter dealing with the most important assistance exercises, Basic Barbell Training offers the most comprehensive examination in print of the most effective way to exercise.

Upgrades from 1st edition: Written from the perspective of the trainee rather than coach. Revised theoretical sections. More detailed lift instructions and revised drawings.

Author: Mark Rippetoe
Illustrator: Lon Kilgore

Paperback edition ISBN: 0-9768054-2-1
First publication date: October 2007
First print run identification: copyright page string = 10 9 8 7; Cover as pictured here


First Edition

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Starting Strength is a unique approach to coaching weight training, written by coaches and designed specifically for training beginners. Learn how to effectively and safely coach the basic core lifts and their programming in an easy to do, step-by-step process. Featuring the most heavily illustrated exercise chapters in print, Starting Strength shows the reader not only how to teach the lifts, but how to recognize and correct technique errors. The book features flip animations of each exercise performed correctly, along with practical interpretations of coaching theory, and the anatomical, physiological, and mechanical principles of training. It will help prepare coaches and personal trainers to be more effective strength and conditioning professionals.

Author: Mark Rippetoe
Contributor: Lon Kilgore [contribution = Chapter 8: Misconceptions about Training Youth]
Illustrator: Lon Kilgore

Paperback edition ISBN: 0-976-8504-0-5
First publication date: July 2005
First print run identification: copyright page string = 10 9 8 6 5; Cover as pictured here

Spiral-bound edition ISBN: 0-976-8054-6-4
First publication date: 2006


Practical Programming for Strength Training

Third Edition

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There is a difference between Exercise and Training. Exercise is physical activity for its own sake, a workout done for the effect it produces today, during the workout or right after you're through. Training is physical activity done with a longer-term goal in mind, the constituent workouts of which are specifically designed to produce that goal. Training is how athletes prepare to win, and how all motivated people approach physical preparation.

Practical Programming for Strength Training 3rd Edition addresses the topic of Training. It details the mechanics of the process, from the basic physiology of adaptation to the specific programs that apply these principles to novice, intermediate, and advanced lifters.

Printed in a new larger format for better display of the programs, PPST3 will be an important addition to your training library.

Upgrades from 2nd edition: Revised and expanded text. Detailed program examples and samples for every chapter. Updated, streamlined graphics.

Authors: Mark Rippetoe, Andy Baker
Contributor: Stef Bradford

Paperback edition ISBN: 978-0-9825227-5-2; 0-982-5227-5-4
First publication date: January 2014
Current version: 3rd edition
Current printing: 3rd


Second Edition

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Upgrades from 1st edition: Revised and rewritten text (Rippetoe, Bradford). Upgraded graphics (Kilgore).

Authors: Mark Rippetoe, Lon Kilgore
Contributor: Stef Bradford

Paperback edition ISBN: 0-982-5227-0-3
First publication date: September 2009
Current version: Revised 2nd edition, 2010


First Edition

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Authors: Mark Rippetoe, Lon Kilgore
Contributor: Glenn Pendlay

Paperback edition ISBN: 0-976-8054-1-3
First publication date: 2006

 

 


Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity

First Edition

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Mean Ol Mr. Gravity is a compilation of Q&A posts from Mark Rippetoe's StrengthMill forum (now Starting Strength forums). Edited for brevity, efficiency, clarity, accuracy, and taste (in a loose sense, sorry), Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity adds to the information available in Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training by tailoring it to the individual through his responses to questions posed by actual humans regarding their own training. It preserves the coarseness, humor, and candor that have become Rip s trademark style.

 

Author: Mark Rippetoe

Paperback edition ISBN: 0-982-5227-0-3
First publication date: December 2009
Current version: 1st edition


Strong Enough?

First Edition

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There are lots of things about weight training in general and barbell exercise in particular that can only be learned by spending way too many hours in the gym. And honestly, unless you're a gym owner, this is a really weird way to spend 75 hours a week. Mark Rippetoe has been in the fitness industry since 1978 and has owned a black-iron gym since 1984. He knows things about lifting weights and training for performance that most other coaches and professionals have never had the chance to learn. This book of essays offers a glimpse into the depths of experience made possible through many years under the bar, and many more years spent helping others under the bar.

 

Author: Mark Rippetoe

Paperback edition ISBN: 0-976-8054-4-8
First publication date: November 2007
Current version: 1st edition