It wasn’t until I discovered Starting Strength Basic Barbell Training that I actually started getting bigger and stronger.
After messing around for a couple of years trying different programs and not gaining very much, I was lucky enough to discover starting strength.
The original was Starting Strength A Simple and Practical Guide for Coaching Beginners originally written for coaches training classes of beginner weightlifters.
Since then it has sold 500000 copies and has been used by lots of people of different ages and abilities worldwide.
The original contained very detailed chapters on the squat (49 pages), the bench press (37 pages) the Deadlift (30 pages), the press (17 pages), and the power clean (31 pages) the original also had a section on programming and equipment.
Each chapter on each exercise was complemented with a massive amount of description photos and diagrams; each minute little detail was gone into.
In 2007 Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training 2nd edition was released the 2nd edition included all-new graphics and 750+ illustrations with a more detailed analysis of the five big exercises.
Also included was a new chapter on useful assistance exercises which contains detailed descriptions, photos and diagrams of many assistance exercises that help push the big lifts up.
The latest edition of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training (3rd edition) is described as a year-long top to bottom rewrite and a better-looking example of the previous 2nd edition.
Although Mark Rippetoe’s form descriptions are not the be-all and end-all of lifting at the time of writing there is no other book in print that contains the amount of detail on the basic barbell lifts that we all do (or should do) than starting strength does.
The form advice will be beneficial to anyone who is starting out or who has trained for a while but hasn’t had proper guidance in performing the main barbell lifts. The programming is also widely acknowledged as a good place to start for beginners in lifting.