A question about Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 05, 2012 at 4:13 AM

Should I buy Mark's Starting Strength or the next book up Practical Programming? If anyone has experience with both books I just need a little advice. I've been working out for about 10 years now, but basically stuck to a bodybuilding workout minus ever doing squats or deadlifts or anything. Within the past year though I've began to include both the squat and deadlift in my workouts and feel my form is pretty good My workouts are kept very simple (more of a Martin Berkhan type routine) of only the core lifts.

My question has to do with which book to buy though at my current level of experience. Do you think Starting Strength is still essential? Or could I go on to Practical Programming?

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on February 05, 2012
at 06:49 AM

Both are great books, and even though I have been involved in strength sports for the better part of a decade, I will still thumb through Starting Strength or even use the base routines when I want to get back to basics and just get my lift on.

That being said, Practical Programming is almost a must for any solo, uncoached athlete.



on February 05, 2012
at 05:28 AM

Starting Strength us great if you really wanna geek out on how to do the lifts properly. If you're certain your form is correct (full depth squats, proper deadlifts, etc) then practical programming is a great book.

I'd definitely recommend getting practical programming.


on February 05, 2012
at 04:18 AM

If you feel that you know how to squat, deadlift, press, clean etc... then you probably don't need starting strength. His website has great instructional videos that can help you further improve your form.

Best of luck:)



on February 05, 2012
at 04:27 AM

This guy is the real deal. Love his work.



on January 10, 2013
at 01:30 AM

I haven't yet gotten Practical Programming, but I had been lifting with barbells for over 10 years before I got Starting Strength, and only then found out my form was way off (especially on squat). I also really like the detailed explanations of the physics (leverage/bar path/etc) as to why the correct form is the correct form.

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