What is Starting Strength?

Started as a program by Mark Rippetoe, starting strength gets everyone off on the right foot when it comes to weightlifting.

While many believe that this training is too overrated, below are some of the facts you may want to consider learning.

What is Starting Strength?

Starting Strength is a beginners lifting program that is basic on many terms but is guaranteed to make your weightlifting training more efficient.

Using compound lifts such as the bench press, squats, dead lift and press, this program aims to increase your muscle mass and of course, your overall strength.

How does it work?

There are patterns that lifters need to strictly follow as the training progresses. Here they are.

For the 1st 3 weeks: AxBxAxx BxAxBxx AxBxAxx

A for press, squat & deadlift.

B for squat, bench press & deadlift

X for rest day

For the next 3 weeks: AxBxAxx BxAxBxx AxBxAxx

A for squat, press, deadlift

B for squat bench press, power clean

X for rest day

For the next 6-9 months: AxBxAxx BxAxBxx AxBxAxx

A for squat, press, deadlift or power clean

B for squat, bench press, back extensions, chinups or pullups

X for rest day

Calorie Consumption & Diet

Lifters are encouraged to eat about 3500-6500 calories every day.

Four meals a day packed with meat, dairy and egg as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Doing GOMAD is also recommended.

What are the perks?

There are a lot of perks that come with Starting Strength. Here are just some of them.

  • It’s best for beginners who want to have a consistent weightlifting program to start them off correctly.
  • It’s good for those aged 17-35.
  • It’s great with those who have access with machines and a good trainer
  • It’s advisable for those who want to develop muscle strength and mass as soon as possible.

What are the risks?

Of course with perks come risks. Here are some of what can be compromising about Starting Strength.

  • It’s not a workout at the comfort of your own home.
  • Its nutritional requirements are not balanced, especially the lack of fiber.
  • It’s preferred food consumption can lead to diseases.
  • It can be quite challenging for those who already have a good working weightlifting routine.

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