(For the uninitiated “Starting Strength”By Mark Rippetoe is a coaching guide to the squat, deadlift, press and Power clean (and some other bits)
There is no need for me to criticize the work of Mark Rippetoe, who in 2007 decided to share the knowledge he has accumulated over a life time of training and teaching. His later view of his work was “stale, incomplete, , or just plain wrong”.
I don’t complain. At Crossfit london we almost have a secondary business of putting right, people who have bought a copy of “starting strength”
I must say that “Starting Strength” is the best book on the market about the squat. ( and deadlift and press: cannot comment on the bench press as it’s a tossers exercise) . So was the 1st and 2nd edition. It is never the less a book. In the same way that my brain fails to grasp the easy instructions of a car (Haynes, or is that Haines) manual, the chances are that you have not grasped what Mark means in most of his exercises and cute quips.
100% of the Starting Strength book owners I see, have totally missed the point. ( There must, ofcourse be those who get it, who I don’t see)
Our advantage at Crossfit London is that our coaches see an awful lot of people every week. Most of our key trainers are also leading personal trainers. Our Elite i-course instructors train novices to a near okish squat , 20 at a time. in about an hour. Our extraordinary women’s Wonderbar coaching team teaches from scratch more women to squat than probably any other London institution ( and we dont mean a quarter slump that a “prance along to music instructor” palms off as quality movement)
Today ( I wrote this on a Wednesday) I fixed 40 peoples squat( in classes and PT sessions).
Another of our great advantages is that we don’t hang around in power lifting gyms hoping to coach oafish boys. We run an open facility that attracts as many Zumba girls, yoga victims and sedentary office workers as it does elite athlete.
We simply have to fix your squat, otherwise you cannot train with us.
We don’t want to flog you a book. We need to make you good.
Put simply Rippetoe’s book lacks feedback: as all books do. Do you think you are pushing your knees out? Yes? Really??
In many cases, we can fix squats in an hour. If it takes longer, Its because you need longer. The simple fact is that, At the end of the day we fix your squat and deadlift.
If you are training with us, and your squat and deadlift isn’t fixed. Its because its not yet the end of the day.
So should you buy the book, Hell yes! I got my (expensive) copy From Amazon and its worth every penny
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