The Starting Strength System makes use of the body's most basic movement patterns – barbell exercises that involve all the body’s muscle mass – utilized over the longest effective range of motion and loaded progressively, to force the adaptations necessary for increased strength.
Unlike other popular exercise protocols, Starting Strength is a training system – a long-term process designed for getting stronger over time, not a random collection of exercises that just make you hot, sweaty, sore, confused, and tired today.
Video from the Starting Strength Coaches Association Conference, October 2012.
Jonathon Sullivan MD, PhD, FACEP, SSC is Attending Physician at Detroit Receiving Hospital Emergency Department, and Associate Director of the Cerebral Resuscitation Laboratory at Wayne State University. His research is focused on molecular mechanisms of brain injury and repair after cardiac arrest. He is a Starting Strength Coach, a Krav Maga Practitioner, and a 3d Dan and certified instructor of Tang Soo Do. He’s old and creaky, but he’s still trying to get stronger, and buys his acetaminophen and aspirin by the crate. He can be contacted at GreySteel.org.
"After the lifting competition, there was the Mr. Universe contest. This was the only official Mr. Universe at the time and was conducted by the Federation International Halterophile et Culturiste (FIHC). Past winners from the U.S. had been: John Grimek, Steve Stanko, Jim Park, Roy Hilligen, and Tommy Kono. After Bill March failed to total, Hoffman immediately entered him in the physique contest..."