Sports Science Logo Research Supported Sports Performance

Starting Strength Program Summary

Daniel Brady | January 14, 2013 in Strength

Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe is a famous book and DVD in the fitness industry. While there are thousands of workout routines available on the internet, there are few resources that explain technique as thoroughly and clearly as Starting Strength. It focuses on big compound movements including Olympic lifts such as the Squat, Deadlift and Power Clean. If you want to lift safely, then this book will give you the knowledge you need to do so while making great strength gains at the same time.

This article is about the program outlined in the book. If you want to know more about technique, then I recommend buying the book.

Here is a graphical summary[1] of the basic Starting Strength program. You can see 3 lifts per day (Workout A: Squats, Bench Press, Deadlifts. Workout B: Squats, Overhead Press, Power Cleans), which is the basis of the program. These compound lifts work out all of your muscles, and give you great whole body strength.

Starting Strength Program Summary

Below is the program as shown in the book. You can see the addition of chin-ups to the basic routine. In the book you will learn about; technique and safety of each lift, the body and the mechanics of lifting, common problems and how to fix them, nutrition, workout order, weight increments and lots more. It is definitely worth reading, even for the technique and safety aspects alone. After the reading the book, your technique will totally change for the better. It is better than having a personal trainer, but having a lifting partner who has also read the book would be beneficial. It is only $30, and well worth the money, so Buy It From Amazon.

Starting Strength Weekly Routine Summary

  1. []

Daniel has a strong interest in evidence supported fitness training, preparation and supplementation. His goal is to provide clear information that simply works. He's currently 16 kg of muscle above his starting weight (7kg in the past 12 months), and targeting a continued growth rate of 5kg+ per year.
3 Responses to "Starting Strength Program Summary"
Leave a Reply
Recommended Supplements
Micronized Creatine
Good for: Strength & Muscle Gains
Best taken: Daily
Cost per week: ~$0.70
Karbolyn High-Performance Carbs
Good for: Energy / Endurance
Best taken: Pre-Workout
Cost per week: ~$4.00
HMB Capsules
Good for: Strength & Muscle Gains
Best taken: Daily
Cost per week: ~$7.00
Protein, Creatine, Betaine Blend
Good for: Strength, Growth & Power
Best taken: Post-Workout / Daily
Cost per week: ~$10.00
Green Tea Extract
Good for: Fat Loss
Best taken: Daily
Cost per week: ~$0.70