Starting Strength vs Practical Programming books

Discussion in 'Barbell' started by Abdul Rasheed, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. Abdul Rasheed

    Abdul Rasheed Strong Member of the Forum

    What is the difference between Mark Rippetoe's books Starting Strength for Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training? I own the Starting Strength book, and I am contemplating if I should get the other one. Thanks.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2018
  2. jef

    jef SFG1, SFB Certified Instructor

    The book Starting Strength is about the specifics of a novice barbell program. It is very complete on how to learn the lifts, how to program them and to progress until novice linear progression is exhausted, and very little beyond that.

    The book Practical programming for strength training is not about how to do the lifts. It is about how to program barbell training, depending on how advanced is the trainee (from novice to some examples of advanced programming).
    I have and like both. The only downside of PPST, to me, is that it is heavily biased toward barbell, and to the model stress-recovery. It leaves little room for high frequency "neuronal efficiency" programs, like PTTP, S&S, and many strength programs without barbells (although the principles could still apply).

    Still a good and recommended read for anyone who is serious about strength programming.
    For more questions, I would go to Rip's website.
  3. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Director of Community Engagement and Forum Admin Staff Member Senior Instructor

    @Abdul Rasheed, those folks do have their own forum - you might want to ask over there.

  4. Abdul Rasheed

    Abdul Rasheed Strong Member of the Forum

  5. wespom9

    wespom9 Strong Member of the Forum Certified Instructor

    I second all of @jef 's comments. I own both books. Definitely a bias to bilateral, max strength barbell training. Rip's attitude is fairly widely acknowledged. He has some things that make a lot of sense, and some that I scratch my head at. To each their own. The programming book was personally more interesting to me.
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