Starting Strength: A Simple and Practical Guide for Coaching Beginners

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Starting Strength offers a unique approach to coaching barbell weight training and is written by experienced coaches and sports scientists who designed it specifically for training beginners. Learn how to effectively and safely coach the basic core lifts and their programming in an easy to do, step-by-step process. Featuring the most heavily illustrated exercise chapters in print, Starting Strength shows the reader not only how to teach the lifts, but how to recognize and correct the technique errors common to all novice lifters. The book includes sequential animations of each exercise performed correctly, along with practical interpretations of coaching theory, and the anatomical, physiological, and mechanical principles of training. It will help prepare coaches and personal trainers to be more effective strength and conditioning professionals.

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Anyone interested in teaching these major multi-joint lifts should find these chapters most helpful no matter what level of trainee you are instructing. The coaching tips are outstanding, and the photos and line drawings are excellent. The final chapters cover administration and the misconceptions about youth training. These are some of the most interesting in the book and contain a lot of wisdom from both academia and the school of hard knocks. If you are looking for a hard-core instructional text on the basic lifts spiced with humor and years of in the trenches experience, you will enjoy Starting Strength. - Dan Wathan, ATC, CSCS (from a review in the NSCA Strength & Conditioning Journal)

"Starting Strength" is excellent. Your detailed breakdown of the movements and your method of "cueing" the lifter are very helpful. Thanks for a great training resource! - Frank DiMeo, NSCA-CPT

You can't go wrong with the basics because the basics work. Getting stronger and bigger is hard work and STARTING STRENGTH is the beginner's Bible on how to do the basics and get bigger and stronger the correct way, the efficient way, the safe way. - Dr. Ken Leistner

This is, without question, a superb book. Guys, where were you when I was fumbling through the squat and the deadlift ten years ago, falling over and smashing the bar into my shins? This straightforward book contains an immense amount of practical information about several basic lifts: squat, bench and overhead presses, deadlift, and the power clean. Each chapter examines a different lift in great detail (the squat section alone is about 50 pages), explaining everything from the biomechanics of the movement to how to teach it to others. I thought I knew just about all there was to know about these lifts, but I was mistaken. The authors' knowledge is encyclopedic and their treatment of the subject exhaustive. Lifts are literally explained from head (looking forward) to toe (curl them up and drive through heels). Along with explaining correct exercise technique in meticulous detail, the book is full of handy little tips such as looking for shirt folds on the lifter's back to ensure that spinal extension has occurred, using strategically placed duct tape to get wrists into the proper position (no word, though, on how to get it off without some unpleasantness), or how to troubleshoot common form problems. The book concludes with a chapter on training programming so that coaches and lifters can begin to develop training programs based on their own needs. I would call this book an absolute must for any beginner as well as any coach. The practical advice is excellent. - Krista Scott, PhD

I'd have to say this is better than 99% of all weight training literature available today. I'm really impressed by the detail that can only come from someone who's actually been teaching these lifts. Anyone who's written, or thought about writing, a book or essay on weight training should read this one, and learn from it. - Michael Worrall

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Starting Strength is a unique approach to coaching weight training, written by coaches and designed specifically for training beginners. Learn how to effectively and safely coach the basic core lifts and their programming in an easy to do, step-by-step process. Featuring the most heavily illustrated exercise chapters in print, Starting Strength shows the reader not only how to teach the lifts, but how to recognize and correct technique errors. The book features flip animations of each exercise performed correctly, along with practical interpretations of coaching theory, and the anatomical, physiological, and mechanical principles of training. It will help prepare coaches and personal trainers to be more effective strength and conditioning professionals.

"A new notch in the tradition of Texas strength training exposition, these authors not only know what they are writing about, they know how to write effectively to begin with." Mike Lambert, Editor, Powerlifting USA

"Starting Strength is a precise tool to coach weightlifters at any level. It teaches proper form and the basic fundamentals that will allow for safe and immediate results in any training facility. It not only benefits the beginner, but it will reinforce the skills of the advanced weight trainee." Owen Kelly, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, Nose Guard - University of Arkansas '89-'92

"This much needed text delivers in the area of how to teach and coach the basics of the core strength training exercises. It gives important deep insight into the fine points of technique in a manner that is easy to understand. It takes theory into practice step by step. It is a must read for anyone interested in high level performance." Bill Connor, Ed.D., University Physical Educator and Pedagogist, Head Football Coach - 30 years in High School and University Coaching

"When it comes to teaching and developing strength and explosive power, this system is one of the best there is. If a coach uses discipline and hard work to get these teachings across, the results will be outstanding." Greg Henderson, Quarterback, Rice University '01-'04

"Starting Strength perfectly outlines a way for any coach, regardless of experience or lack thereof, to teach the fundamentals of properly executing a safe, yet highly effective strength program through the utilization of the basic barbell exercises. Give your program the most bang for the buck in the least amount of time. If you truly have a passion for maximizing your athlete's performance, this book is a must for any coach¡¦s library." Derek Alford, Offensive Coordinator - Garland High School, Quarterback/Coach - TUFL Champion Wichita Falls Drillers

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