SHOW UP AND GET STRONG
Starting Strength Works for Everyone, Every Time it is Applied Correctly
The Best Way to Do Starting Strength
See a World-Class Coach 3x/week
Doing the program correctly means executing the lifts with perfect form, knowing which lifts to perform, how much weight to use, how much weight to add the next workout, and how to recover from each training session.
The best way to do Starting Strength is to see a coach in person, three times a week - and you can now do that for around $25 per session.
WHY GET STRONG?
PHYSICAL STRENGTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE. THIS IS TRUE WHETHER WE WANT IT TO BE OR NOT.
That’s the opening line from Starting Strength, Basic Barbell Training. To the uninitiated, it may sound hyperbolic. But as you begin strength training, you realize all of the ways in which it rings true.
Far more than just the concern of competitive weightlifters, strength is the most critical aspect of physical fitness for everyone. Taken literally, strength is the ability to produce force against an external resistance – which means it is an absolute requirement to function normally as a human. Muscles contract to operate joints, which enable us to move around and make ourselves useful. Without enough strength, we fail to effectively interact with our environment. Without enough strength, our physical interactions are suboptimal.
Apply that concept as we age past our 30s and, by the cruel hand of biology, we all begin to degenerate. Loss of muscle mass is known as sarcopenia and it is a natural part of getting older - making us slower, weaker, less mobile, more injury prone, and less able to manage critically important hormones like testosterone and insulin. The results are debilitating over time and underpin a significant proportion of modern health issues, as is thoroughly explained in The Barbell Prescription.
Apply that same concept to the younger population. Strength is the difference between excelling at a sport, or lacking the physical resources to be explosive, powerful, fast, agile, and durable. It’s improved body-shape and the resulting confidence it inspires during our developmental years. It’s a way for women to narrow the biological gap in strength when compared to men. It’s the life lesson to not give up when things get hard. It’s self-esteem. It’s presence. It’s capability. And it increases quality of life whether you’re 17 or 72.
STARTING STRENGTH IS THE BEST USE OF TIME IN THE GYM
You Don't Need Another Gym Membership, You Need a Coach
"Exercising" Isn't Enough - Which is Why We Train
Make Rapid, Measurable Progress
Exercising is what people do at standard commercial gyms. It's moving for the sake of moving. If performed safely, it is better than being sedentary, but it does not result in long-term, continual progress.
Training is the process of organizing exercises and recovery into a system to make progress incrementally, on a predictable schedule. It's the opposite of random. It's measurable. It's planned. It's goal oriented.
We train for strength because getting strong improves every aspect of physical performance, including conditioning. And Starting Strength is the fastest way to get strong.
ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GET STRONGER
This includes all populations including
Strength is the basis of athletic ability. If you are a good athlete, you are stronger than a less-good athlete. If you want to be a better athlete, you get stronger. If your progress is stuck, and has been for a while, get stronger and see what happens. It works every time, and this is why I know it’s true.
You say you’re a runner, and that you don’t need to be strong. Get stronger and see what happens to your times. Or you’re a tennis player: get stronger and watch your game improve. Even in sports not usually associated with strength display, the stronger athletes are the better athletes. You may not like it because it makes your carefully cultivated Bosu-ball and wobbleboard “functional” training skill set less valuable, but any athlete that trains a simple barbell strength program and improves his squat, press, and deadlift will become better at his sport than you can make him with alternate 3 lb dumbbell seated Swiss-ball presses.
INCREASED BACK STRENGTH OFTEN REDUCES BACK PAIN
See What Back Pain Sufferers Have to Say
"Long story short, I'm now living my life with confidence. I'm a capable father and husband.”
At 39, Rob couldn't tie his shoes due to debilitating back pain, let alone pick up his kids. His lower back pain started early in his 30s and was getting progressively worse. After nine months of Starting Strength, Rob now lives his life with confidence as a capable father and husband.
“I received a diagnosis of 4 bulging discs...I began the Starting Strength program. It changed my life."
At 46, Cory had been suffering with lower back pain for years. After being bedridden for a month, an orthopedist told her to expect a lifetime of pain with no physical activity except for walking. She was defeated and depressed. After seeing a Starting Strength Coach and carefully learning the squat, bench press, deadlift, and overhead press, Cory is now leaner, more muscular, pain-free and is living a healthy, active life. Read her testimonial, here.
"I fell over twenty feet from a roof...We were convinced by doctors that life was going to be spent in a wheelchair or behind a walker"
When asked what advice he has for others facing similar challenges, Brian stated, “You have to be patient with yourself and your body when you are doing something like this. However, don’t confuse patience with accepting anything less than your best effort for that day. Always push yourself. Always make a difference. Never cheat yourself out of the opportunity to improve. We all have a limited amount of days to do this. Use them. I have no doubt that anyone who gets their mind right can accomplish, achieve, and surpass the results that I have seen. Injuries or inactivity with bones and muscles may be the reason you are where you are – your head and your heart control where you can go and what you will be.” Read his detailed case study, here.
BUILD A STRONG BACK
The Vertebrae and Discs in Your Back are Supported by Muscle
Author of Starting Strength, Mark Rippetoe, teaching a room full of Starting Strength Seminar attendees about spinal anatomy
The best way to build a strong back is to squat, press, and deadlift using the Starting Strength program
Learn More About Starting Strength and Back Pain
Back Pain and Back Strength
Creator of Starting Strength, Mark Rippetoe, explains the detailed anatomy and bio-mechanics associated with back pain and why strength training is so effective. Read the article, here.
Back Rehab 101: From Crutches to Deadlifts
"From barely being able to walk without crutches or drugs to squatting in the low 200s, deadlifting in the mid 200s, pressing and benching in just 6 weeks...It is not as rare as you may think. " Read the article, here.
WE ARE THE ONLY GYM THAT CAN MAKE YOU STRONG
Starting Strength Stands Alone in the Fitness Industry - Because It Works.
The Best Selling Book is Now a National Gym Franchise
750k books sold, in multiple languages. Millions of Annual Website Visitors. Countless testimonials. Starting Strength makes people better, more capable versions of themselves.
Simple. Hard. Effective.
Easy Doesn't Work
High intensity does not mean high risk. Move as much weight as is safely possible and build lean muscular body-mass.
GET COACHING, NOT JUST SUPERVISION
Individualized Programming. Dedicated Coaching.
SSCs are the Highest Skilled Coaches in the Industry
Training with a Starting Strength Coach is the best way to learn the squat, bench, press, and deadlift to make your whole body strong.
IT WORKS FOR EVERYONE, EVERY TIME
Show Up and Get Strong - Results Guaranteed.
Make Rapid Progress
Everyone has a baseline regardless of training history, age, or injury status. Each time you come to the gym, you will be able to do more than you did last time.
Starting Strength Coaches possess the most advanced certification in the industry.
Starting Strength Gyms aren’t rooms filled with equipment for trainees to figure how to use. Starting Strength Gyms exist to provide trainees access to a Starting Strength Coach. Each trainee receives dedicated coaching, to enable them to move in line with the Starting Strength model. The coach trainee-relationship is the most important part of Starting Strength Gyms because effective coaching and programming is what enables you as the trainee to get strong quickly, consistently, and as safely as possible.