Starting Strength Wikia

Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and are more useful in general. - Mark Rippetoe

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The title "Starting Strength" has two distinct meanings. Firstly, it is Starting Strength The Book (View On Amazon) by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore. Secondly it is Starting Strength The Program also by Mark Rippetoe and widely referred to as "Rippetoe's." It is this second meaning of "Starting Strength" that this wiki primarily addresses while acting only as a supplement to "Starting Strength" the book. If you've been hearing about the Starting Strength program and the prospect of increased strength, musculature, bone density and overall wellness is something that you are willing to work hard for, consider this a first step on that path.

I'd recommend you first start by visiting and ordering Starting Strength for yourself from the previous site or Amazon. As I said this wiki is merely a supplement to the book and doesn't contain 1/10th of the information you'll find within its pages. It might take a week or more to get it in the mail, but in the meantime you can get started by running The Starting Strength Program. If you look to the right side of the page you'll see a menu titled, "Getting Started on Starting Strength." After taking a few minutes to read the five articles in the order that they are presented you'll have all the essentials needed to get started on the program. If you'd like a more in-depth understanding of the program feel free to skim the FAQ in its entirety to find most every conceivable answer to any questions you might have.

When your book arrives by mail you'll want to immediately begin your study of its contents to ensure your continued progress on the program. It will guide you not only in how to perform the lifts correctly, but also in understanding how your individual bodyparts can work together as a single unit. The awareness of the distinctive mechanics at play within your body, called biomechanics, will aid you in every single circumstance that your human body is physically called upon, and its application is universal whether it be picking 400 pounds loaded on a barbell up off the floor or a dropped inkpen. Simply put: If the human body had come with an instruction manual that manual would be called Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe.

Now go get strong dammit!

Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training DVD

Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training DVD

This companion video to Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training adds to the impact of the book by demonstrating the correct technique for the squat, press, bench press, deadlift, and power clean as performed by athletes under the direction of Mark Rippetoe. See the most important barbell exercises correctly executed, along with corrections of the most common problems encountered in learning them.

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Deadlift Back Angles
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Watch More in the The Instructional Video Section.

The Starting Strength Logbook Calculator 2.0
Completely Revised and Expanded

The Original Novice Program
The Onus Wunsler Program
The Practical Programming Novice Program
The Wichita Falls Novice Program
The Advanced Novice Program

And now you can reset the individual lifts too!

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Find More in the The Tools and Download Section.

Going Deeper into the Deadlift with Mark Rippetoe, by Myles Kantor

Mark delves into one of his favorite subjects; the deadlift.

Read Part One Here
Read Part Two Here

Mark Rippetoe NPR Radio Interview

Mark discusses some of the finer points of "Getting Fit" with NPR's Rob Sachs

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Get More in the The Articles and Interviews Section.

Burgener & Rippetoe Bar by York Barbell

Mike Burgener and Mark Rippetoe have teamed up with industry leader York Barbell to provide the ultimate Olympic weightlifting/powerlifting bar that is perfect for Starting Strength and CrossFit workouts.

Get the bar designed by the same people who designed your workouts.

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