Calling All (Strength) Athletes

I read this book several years ago when I was a newly anointed personal trainer and it frightened, discouraged, and intimidated me. I read it a second time a few years back and traded my doubts and feelings of inadequacy for a bit of self-satisfaction and faith in the possibility that I was on the right path. I’m reading it once again and finally recognizing it for the understated genius that it is.

If you’re a strength athlete, it’s a must-read. If you’re an athlete, period, it’s worth your time if you’re the readin’ type.


I’m reading Starting Strength, and have the video. Is it worth picking this up too?

@bbarrera, it’s become one of my favorite re-reads. Rippetoe is about as no-nonsense as it gets, and unlike other so-called experts, he’s intelligent and has learned more through experience than theory (though he has a firm grasp on that too).

This was posted before my journey into strength training hence not responding until now (some two/three years later).

I listened to a couple of his podcasts on running and crossfit earlier this week then found this thread and bought the book £7 on Kindle yesterday - I’m about a third of the way through, it’s not long.

There’s a funny few paragraphs in the first chapter on cyclists and squatting probably worth the fee :wink:

He’s a confident, assertive speaker and that comes out well in the book, a combination of motivation, technique and critique of the field and its onlookers.

Thanks for the recommendation @chad , it beats scouring YouTube for snips of info.

Anytime @JoeX! If you have a particular topic, feel free to toss it out there and I’ll reply with a recommendation if I have one.