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04-15-2012, 02:44 PM
Join Date: Oct 2005
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I don't think anyone here is suggesting that Starting Strength is the "be all and end all of strength programming." Just that SS is a great resource for people who are starting out or don't know anything about weightlifting. Even if SS is not the best program in your opinion, it's still a million times better than most bad internet advice, bad gyms, and bad personal trainers. The most important benefit of learning from SS is that it teaches you good technique. I think that's really the main point of SS, not the program itself.
That is why I recommend Wendler's e-book, which breaks down the lifts. I would quote from the book, but that is a substantial portion of something that I think people should pay for. However, the two page bullet point descriptions have been more useful to me then anything found in the 2nd edition of Starting Strength. Wendler breaks the lifts down to the simplest aspects and CLEARLY defines the movement. When doing the lifts AND coaching the lifts, I find myself mentally thinking of Wendler over Rippetoe. Maybe the third edition of Starting Strength is better, but it looks pretty verbose, which I appreciate but could see overwhelming someone.
Starting Strength - as it as been outlined in this thread/on the internet - is good for weak/skinny people who want to get strong NOT for people who want to strength train to improve athletic performance OR do physical activities besides Starting Strength.
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