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Starting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books. It has sold over a half-million copies in a competitive global market for fitness education. The updated third edition expands and improves on the previous teaching methods and biomechanical analysis. No other book on barbell training ever written provides the detailed instruction on every aspect of the basic barbell exercises.

And while the methods for implementing barbell training detailed in the audiobook are primarily aimed at young athletes, they have been successfully applied to everyone: young and old, male and female, fit and flabby, sick and healthy, weak and already strong. Many people all over the world have used the simple biological principle of stress/recovery/adaptation on which this method is based to improve their performance, their appearance, and their long-term health. Starting Strength is the most important method available to learn the most effective way to train with barbells - the most important way to improve your strength, your health, and your life.

  • Why barbells are the most effective tools for strength training.
  • The mechanical basis of barbell training, concisely and logically explained.
  • Complete, easy-to-follow instructions for performing the basic barbell exercises: the squat, press, deadlift, bench press, power clean, and the power snatch.
  • Revised instruction methods for all six lifts, proven effective in four years of seminar, military, and group instruction.
  • How the human body adapts to stress through recovery, and why this is the foundation of the development of strength and lifetime health.
  • How to program the basic exercises into the most effective program for long-term progress.
  • The most productive method in existence for anyone beginning a strength training program.
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The book that introduced me to barbells

No other person can narrate this book but Rip himself. And it's done perfectly. It supplements the written version for sure.

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  • Christopher Kinler
  • 14-11-2019

Amazing work! Wish chapters were labeled.

Amazing culmination of a lifetime of learning about the process of gaining and teaching strength. Please label the chapters for reference and re- listening; it's the only ding on a perfect product. Glad Rip narrated so you can clearly hear his disdain when he talks about foolishness.

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  • Joshua Johnson
  • 02-09-2019

Great information

Mark is a very intelligent and experienced lifter. I gave 4-star for overall because this audiobook REALLY needs a pdf for some visual understanding of the positions and postures. The explanations are thorugh but people really do need to see some visual representation to fully grasp it. I found myself referencing Mark on YouTube almost daily while going through the book. In either case, I would highly recommend it.

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  • Timothy Sy
  • 29-07-2019

Worth the wait

Always great hearing rippetoe on audio. Love his podcast and been waiting for the release of the audio book version of starting strength. Audible should get rippetoe to provide audio for more books.

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  • Johnathon O'Day
  • 06-08-2019

Information OVERLOAD!

I have been a avid weight trainer for nearly two decades now. However, after years of experience, articles read, and advice from others experienced lifters; Mark Rippetoe has explained more valuable information in his first two chapters than I have acquired in my years in the gym. I will listen to this book at least four more times before I start the program, due to the information overload I have recieved. Great book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-07-2019

The BEST!

The best Strength Text Book of all times! Excellent content, clear narration. Nothing less from Rip!

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  • Knottweiler
  • 12-01-2021

Too technical with anatomical structure and position language

I’m a RN and even I got lost in all the proper anatomical names positions and movements. This reads like a dissertation in its specificity and depth of a single concept, like why the barbel is held lower on the back rather than higher for example. Do yourself a favor and find a book with more casual language if you’re looking for help on what to do, unless you’re needing to hear how the tibial tuberosity and the anterior posterior chain is integrated via the posterior ankle known as the Achilles’ tendon along the distal to proximal pathway of the posterior chain. Don’t believe me get through chapter 2.

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  • Jordan Van Dyk
  • 12-01-2021

Highly informative and clear

I wish I had started my training after reading this book. I am reading this book far too long after beginning, but man, did I still learn a lot! This book was fantastic! I have never benefited so much from another audio book. Mark does a fantastic job of breaking down each list, it’s reason for inclusion in his program, and accessory list as well. Overall, five star.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2020

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I got about 1/5 of the way through. very hard to keep listening. I appreciate the work he has done to help people though.

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  • Brad
  • 10-08-2020

Good starting base of knowledge.

There is a LOT of information here. I've never lifted weights in my life and needed to get "caught up" on what others have already learned by being in the gym. This is a great contrarian view to "mainstream" exercise information. Plus Rip is always entertaining to listen to.

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  • Dr. Unk
  • 03-02-2020

Brass Tacks

Rip is one of the best no-BS’ers out there. I love this book. It’s clear, concise and full of concrete information. I highly recommend this book to any fitness trainer or weight lifting enthusiast. Listen, heed & abide.

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  • Mr B
  • 24-11-2020

Must buy

Brilliant listen, everything is so well explained you don't need the book...learn something new every listen

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  • Dale Braithwaite
  • 14-05-2020

Clear and concise information

It misses the pictures, but the ideas are so clearly explained by rip, you don't actually need them.

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  • Mr. Alan Devane
  • 09-05-2020

As a fitness professional... Its a must

Loved this book from Mark Ripptoe.. Every important barbell exercise broken down into minute detail.. 5 stars all the way

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  • riccardo
  • 29-01-2020

An eye opener

Having been in the fitness profession for over 20 years as a PT and strength and conditioning coach, hearing the rational for various training modalities the information in this book comes over as the most rational sound. I just wish I'd read it 20 years ago.

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  • boho mark
  • 05-01-2020

Must read for strength athletes

Any strength athletes, or athlete who requires strength of any kind, is missing a lot, if they have not read this book. All the fundamentals covered in detail in an easy to understand format. Brilliant! Five stars

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  • Sblig
  • 30-07-2019

Just fantastic

Excellent book. This is perhaps the very best information for the new, intermediate and advanced strength training athlete.

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