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Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training
Price: $29.95
  • Average Rating 4.96/5 Stars.
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(4.96 out of 5 with 23 votes)
Product Description:
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 complete examination in print of the most effective way to exercise.

 

 

 

 






Product Details:
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: The Aasgaard Company; revised 2nd edition (March 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0976805421
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
 


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Starting Strength Review
  • Rating 5/5 Stars.
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John Petrizzo (NY) - July 25th 2011
Over the past ten years or so I have read just about anything and everything related to training that I could get my hands on. A few years ago while searching the internet for a new copy of "The Strongest Shall Survive" I stumbled across The Aasgaard Company and Starting Strength. Luckily I decided to purchase the book. In my opinion, Starting Strength is by far the most useful book I have ever read in regards to weight training. It is entertaining and blends common sense with real [...read more]
Starting Strength
  • Rating 5/5 Stars.
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Derek Alford (TX) - July 15th 2011
Starting Strength is THE best coaching/training tool you can own! I re-read it at the end of every season prior too starting off season. Mark shows you step by step in an entertaining way how to coach the basic lifts for maximum production and performance. If you care about your athletes and want to grow as a coach this is a MUST READ!!!
Not for the Skimming Type
  • Rating 4/5 Stars.
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J. Gudger (S. Korea) - September 12th 2010
Let me start by saying that this book is one of the best how-to books that I have ever read. It had me at hello. The introduction's reasoning behind strength training is very convincing. A wonderful mix of research, experience and wit. I am recommending this book to all of my friends, most of whom are military and are constantly focused on their physical abilities.

The only draw back is, if you are the type that skims a book and gleans information from pics, you may teach yoursel [...read more]
A Valuable Reference for Serious Weight Training,
  • Rating 5/5 Stars.
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M. Kingery (Phillippines) - September 10th 2010
This is one of those books that you read over and over again. It is well written and illustrated, and is packed with detail on the major exercises for whole body strength development: the squat, dead lift, bench press, overhead press, and power clean.

There is an excellent section on program design, and the author addresses the question of youth training. It is written for those who are trainers, and is full of tips to the training coach, which makes this book somewhat unique. In [...read more]
Very well written
  • Rating 5/5 Stars.
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T. Larson (GA) - September 10th 2010
This book provides an excellent and exhaustive discussion of the important barbell training movements. The level of detail is amazing and even experienced lifters will likely learn new ways to improve their training. I have the 1st edition also, but the upgrades for the 2nd edition definitely make it worthwhile.

In particular, the new chapter on useful assistance exercises is great. Also, in contrast to the 1st edition, different athletes are now used in the figures which provide [...read more]
Essential! Very funny too.
  • Rating 5/5 Stars.
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M Mcfadden (Scotland) - September 10th 2010
Excellent book.Completely changed the way I look at building muscle.

Before i would spend 1hr-2hrs, 4 days a week in the gym doing split routines.Working out every tiny muscle group for 10x times infinity with no rhyme or reason to it.Now it's down to the true essentials because that is what works.The beauty of this book is it's simplicity.

Also one thing I never knew before buying this book is how much FUN moving weights with barbells are. So much more satisfying [...read more]
All I can say is "Wow!"
  • Rating 5/5 Stars.
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Ps Kang () - September 10th 2010
Let me first state that I've been lifting weights for almost 30 years now and competed in several powerlifting meets back in the 80's. Although I have always felt strong, as I've aged, I began to feel pain in my joints when I was lifting, particularly my knees, back, and shoulders. I chalked this up to age and figured I guess I needed to just slow down and accept getting older.
This book has been recommended to me by Amazon quite a bit, but it just looked to simplistic to me and I figured [...read more]
Great!
  • Rating 5/5 Stars.
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N. Aguilara (NV) - September 10th 2010
Easy to read, lots of references to other material to back claims up. Very straight-forward and informative.
It also has lots of tips on how to prevent and recover from common errors in form, which to me was the most useful part.
Forgo your tin of protein powder this month and buy this book, right now.
  • Rating 5/5 Stars.
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A. Johnston () - September 10th 2010
After years of hit and miss weight training where I never really broke through my plateaus and was constantly frustrated, I found out about Rippetoe's starting strength. In one year I increased all my lifts beyond my wildest dreams and am now training for powerlifting competitions.

The book is funny and well written, and unmatched for the depth and clarity given to each lift and each topic. But it with Practical Programming and you will never need another book on strength training [...read more]
Essential Read for Athletes, Bodybuilders, and General Gym Attendees
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Anthony L. () - September 10th 2010
After going through 2-3 years of deadlifts and squats, without injury, I'm shocked to note that I was doing them wrong. Not wrong by a huge degree, but I was not using all the muscles I could and was not making my body hit all the right positions. Mark Rippetoe's book taught me more about a squat in 15 minutes than I've tried hours to learn by watching videos and reading websites online.

As an intermediate gym monkey, I haven't actually done any Power Cleans, but Rippetoe's book [...read more]