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My Starting Strength Review and Results

My starting strength review

In my Starting Strength Review, I’m going to talk about my results first and then give a review of the actual program.

A little about me:

When I was 18 years old, I weighed 114 lbs…standing at 5’11”. I was extremely skinny with very thin bones. I can wrap my pinky and thumb around my wrist and I do not have big hands.

Over the next couple of years, I went to the gym on and off. Never too consistent or devoted to anything.

At the age of 22 (before my 23rd birthday), I finally decided to get serious and commit. At this time, I weighed 130lbs.

My Starting Strength Results

I chose to follow Starting Strength and in 12 weeks, I gained 25 lbs and my strength went through the roof.

By the end, I could:

  • Bench press 135 lbs
  • Squat 225 and deadlift 225

All of it was for reps and I could almost squat 1.5 times my own bodyweight for reps in 12 weeks. Imagine the results someone with better genetics can get…doesn’t take much to beat 130lbs at 5’11.

I started with the empty bar

The dietary requirement is to eat between 3500-6000 calories a day depending on your body.

I thought I was a skinny kid with a big appetite, but after counting my calories for a week…it turns out I only ate around 1500 calories a day. Completely disillusioned. I was a long way from 3500 calories a day and it would take quite some time to ramp up.

To compensate, I started extra light. So by the time my exercise weight got heavier, I will be able to meet the calorie requirement.

I also took advantage of starting light by doing more repetitions to practice the exercise form. I wanted to have good form for when the weight got heavier.

My Starting Strength Review

If you don’t have access to a good strength coach, Starting Strength is best resource for learning the lifting techniques of basic barbell exercises (bench press, overhead press, deadlift, squat).

Even if you hire a personal trainer, this book is invaluable. None of the personal trainers at my gym knew anything about these barbell lifting techniques. Most of them didn’t even know how to squat breaking parallel.

The specific techniques described in Starting Strength will let you lift heavy weights without putting harmful stress on the joints, tendons and ligaments. These techniques will also allow your muscles to work together and exert more strength.

All of these exercises seem to be simple movements, but they are actually very complex. On the squat alone, there are around 65 pages describing every detail for the beginner.

Even if you’re more advanced, you can learn something new. It seems that whatever discipline you practice and seek to master, going full circle will always bring you back to the basics.

I’m not going to lie, reading through all those pages about exercise technique and workout programming was pretty boring. What kept me motivated were the results it promised.

As I was doing my research originally, I found that a lot of people got success through the program…but a lot of people also failed to get results.

I’m pretty sure that the people who failed never read the book and understood what this program is about. Starting strength is not a ‘workout routine’, it’s a completely program that makes linear progression possible.

Linear Progression

The result of this program is linear progression. To be able to grow stronger every session on everyone one of the basic barbell exercises.

Being able to squat and deadlift at least 15 lbs more a week, bench press at least 7.5 lbs more every week. It’s like newbie gains on crack…achieved naturally.

Starting Strength takes advantage of the beginner’s immense growth capability and optimizes it. When the program is executed properly, you will be able to continue linear progression for 3-5 months.

Remember, linear progression can only take place if:

  1. You’re a beginner
  2. You apply the actual program (This means applying the required rest, diet, routine and exercise form…not changing anything)

This program is over when you can no longer progress linearly. At that point, you will have to move onto an intermediate program where the growth is slower. This is where you should evaluate your future goals (build more strength or work towards a more aesthetically pleasing physique?).

To achieve linear progression, you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the gym, it’s only 3 times a week for around 1 hour per session.

This book covers every aspect in great detail, leaving no room for guesswork (this translates into better results and more safety).

My Recommendation

This is the fastest way for a beginner to grow in terms of muscle, strength and power. The program is focussed on the heavy compound exercises, which will help you develop every muscle in your body. It sets the perfect foundation for whatever physical activity you want to pursue. Whether it’s bodybuilding, getting stronger/fitter, or improving your performance for a sport.

However, you will gain fat in this process if you’re skinny. If you can’t bear losing your abs temporarily, then this program is not for you. If you’re on the ‘fluffier’ side, you’ll lean out a bit.

This program is for people that want to gain muscle and strength in the fastest way possible, in a natural way that doesn’t take a boat load of time.

If you can:

1. Learn to understand the program

2. Apply it and consistently work out 3 times a week

Then you will succeed and get the results. This program is definitely for you.

600 Club

The 600 Club is a goal to lift your first 600 lbs total in 12 weeks. 600 lbs total is the combined weight that you will be able to bench press, squat and deadlift.

This a tangible goal that the average male (or even below average like me) can easily achieve (the average American male in his late teens-early 20’s is 5’10”, weighing 160 lbs)

It includes a summary of how I understand Starting Strength, with a collection YouTube videos and articles to answer common questions and troubleshoot common problems.

Sign up for the the 600 Club and get started, it’s free.

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