Starting Strength

Mark Rippetoe

Starting Strength

Basic Barbell Training

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Starting Strength provides the detailed instruction on every aspect of the basic barbell exercises and programs them into the most effective program for long-term progress.

Intro to Barbell Training with Mark Rippetoe

Mark Rippetoe, author of Starting Strength, talks to Art of Manliness about the benefits of barbell training.

Starting Strength Quotes

“Physical strength is the most important thing in life. This is true whether we want it to be or not. As humanity has developed throughout history, physical strength has become less critical to our daily existence, but no less important to our lives. Our strength, more than any other thing we possess, still determines the quality and the quantity of our time here in these bodies.”

“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.”

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