Starting Strength 3rd Edition by Mark Rippetoe


Damned if things haven’t changed in the four years since the 2nd edition of Starting Strength was written. The book needed a new look, and their hope is that you enjoy the illustrations by Jason Kelly, in different style than usually found in fat messy textbook. They also hope that you will appreciate Stef’s Herculean efforts to make this a better looking example or the bookmaker’s art than the previous edition.

Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe

Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe


Starting Strength 3rd Edition by Mark Rippetoe

Physical strength is the most important thing in life. This is true whether we want it to be or not. As humanity has developed throughout history, physical strength has become less critical to our daily existence, but no less important to our lives. Our strength, more than any other thing we possess, still determines the quality and the quantiti of our time here in these bodies. A weak man is not as hapy as that same man would be if he were strong. This reality is offensive to some people who would like the intellectual or spiritual to take precedence. It is instructive to see what happens to these very people as their squat strength goes up.

Starting Strength : Why and How ?

As the nature of our culture has changed, our relationship with physical activity has changed along with it. We previously were physically strong as a function of our continued existence in a simple physical world. We were adapted to this existence well, since we had no other choice. Those whose strength was adequate to the task of staying alive continued doing so. This shaped our basic physiology, and that of all our vertebrate associates on the bushy little tree of live. It remains with us today. Like it or not, we remain the possessors of potentially strong muscle, bone, sinew, and nerve, and these hard-won commodities demand our attention. They were too long in the making to just be ignored, and we do so at our peril. They are the very components of our existence, the quality of which now depends on our conscious, directed effort at giving them the stimulus they need to stay in the condition that is normal to them. Excercise is that stimulus.


Starting Strength : Product description

  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: The Aasgaard Company; 3rd edition (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982522738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982522738
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds


Starting Strength About the Author

Mark Rippetoe is the author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd edition, Strong Enough?, Mean Ol’ Mr. Gravity, and numerous journal, magazine and internet articles.

He has worked in the fitness industry since 1978, and has been the owner of the Wichita Falls Athletic Club since 1984. He graduated from Midwestern State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in geology and a minor in anthropology.

Mark Rippetoe was in the first group certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a CSCS in 1985, and the first to formally relinquish that credential in 2009. Rip was a competitive powerlifter for ten years, and has coached many lifters and athletes, and many thousands of people interested in improving their strength and performance. He conducts seminars on this method of barbell training around the country.


Mark Rippetoe Authored Works

Mark Rippetoe has authored several books, peer-reviewed articles, online and DVD instructional videos, and internet posts concerned with strength training.



  • Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training

Journal articles

  • Strength and conditioning for fencing, Strength and Conditioning Journal.
  • Let’s Learn How to Coach the Squat, Strength and Conditioning Journal.
  • Redefining Fitness for Health and Fitness Professionals, Journal of Exercise Physiology.
  • Going Deep, CrossFit Journal.

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