Strength is the basis of your interaction with the environment.
Strength is the most important aspect of one's physical existence, and a lack of Strength compromises both athletic performance and the quality of life as we age.
The Starting Strength System is a distillation of Mark Rippetoe’s experiences over three and a half decades as a competitive powerlifter, Olympic weightlifting coach, and gym owner, coupled with a systematic analysis of the physics of human movement under the barbell.
Barbell training is simply loaded human movement, and the Starting Strength System makes use of the most basic movement patterns that work the entire body as a coordinated system, gradually increasing loads that make the whole body stronger, in a logical, understandable, time-tested manner – the way athletes have gotten stronger for millennia.
Starting Strength is not a list of new exercises from the fitness magazines designed by Physical Therapists for injured sedentary people. It is not a way to use the newest machines in a corporate health club. Starting Strength is a systematic approach to the classic barbell training method of improving improving Strength – the most critical characteristic of successful athletes and healthy useful people.
The instruction, explanation, and analysis found in Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition are unequaled in depth and clarity anywhere in print.
Practical Programming can be useful starting out for those who are highly motivated and interested in why, but becomes far more valuable as you continue to train. Strong Enough and Mean Ol' Mr Gravity are supplemental books. Both have useful information, but they can also be saved for later.
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December 3-6 : Bullets & Bourbon
December 6 Training Camp (The Squat) : Baltimore, MD
December 6 Training Camp (Press & Bench Press) : New York, NY
December 11-13 Starting Strength Seminar : Wichita Falls, TX
January 9 Training Camp (Squat, Press, Deadlift) : Brisbane, Australia
January 10 Training Camp (Squat, Press, Deadlift) : Brisbane, Australia
January 15-17 Starting Strength Seminar : Los Angeles, CA
January 16 Training Camp (Squat, Press, Deadlift) : Sydney, Australia
January 17 Training Camp (Squat, Press, Deadlift) : Sydney, Australia
January 23 Training Camp (The Squat) : Lansing, MI
January 23 Training Camp (Squat, Press, Deadlift) : Melbourne, Australia
January 24 Training Camp (Squat, Press, Deadlift) : Melbourne, Australia
February 5-7 Starting Strength Seminar : Santa Cruz, CA
February 13 Training Camp (Deadlift & Clean) : Farmington, MI
March 11-13 Starting Strength Seminar : Houston, TX
March 19 Training Camp (Press & Bench Press) : Lansing, MI
has worked in the fitness industry since 1978. He was a competitive powerlifter for ten years, retiring from competition in 1988. For the next 10 years he announced most of the powerlifting meets in North Texas, while coaching lifters and training the members of his gym, the Wichita Falls Athletic Club, for strength and athletic performance. He retired from powerlifting involvement in 1997, to focus more on Olympic weightlifting.
Rip acquired a solid background in coaching the Olympic lifts as a result of his coach, Bill Starr, using them in his powerlifting training. He obtained his USWF Level I certification in 1988 at the USOC’s Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, followed by his USAW Senior Coach certification in 1999. In 2000 he was invited, as an Olympic weightlifting coach, to the Olympic Solidarity course at the OTC. He taught both the USAW Club Coach course and the Sports Performance Coach course from 1999 through 2005, and competed in the masters division for several years.
Rip coached national and international-level athletes at WFAC from 1999 through 2006, as well as the collegiate weightlifting team from Midwestern State University through 2010. He still coaches the sport on a daily basis at WFAC, and coaches the power clean and power snatch at our seminars around the country.
Rip was in the first group certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association for the CSCS credential in 1985. After 24 years of continuous certification, he became the first to formally relinquish that credential in 2009, due to his concerns about the direction taken by the NSCA.
He is the author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training, Strong Enough?, Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity, and numerous journal, magazine and internet articles. He has been the owner of the Wichita Falls Athletic Club since 1984.