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    starting strength versus practical programming

    well really quick question for ya guys...

    I do not have much cash right now, but I want to buy one of Rippetoe's books...the question is...which one?

    I have read some of SS before and know the basics of it....but I have never looked in practical programming



    which book would yal recommend?

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    Starting Strength is the more valuable book, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez View Post
    Starting Strength is the more valuable book, in my opinion.
    agreed

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    for the ones that have read both...what makes one better than the other?

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    Starting Strength is mostly about the technique of the squat, press, bench press, deadlift and power clean. Practical Programming, from my understanding, focuses on how to create a routine, rather than form and technique.
    I haven't read practical programming, but all I have to say is the technique in Starting Strenght is much more valuable than I thought it would be. Every page is like finding one of those little gems that helps you out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSpikeyThing View Post
    Starting Strength is mostly about the technique of the squat, press, bench press, deadlift and power clean. Practical Programming, from my understanding, focuses on how to create a routine, rather than form and technique.
    I haven't read practical programming, but all I have to say is the technique in Starting Strenght is much more valuable than I thought it would be. Every page is like finding one of those little gems that helps you out.


    Practical Programming is more about different training responses and stimuli at different stages of training. There is a lot of solid information in PP, but if you're just looking to make yourself stronger (as opposed to coaching/competing athletically at a high level) Starting Strength has more relevant information.

    They certainly compliment each other. Together, they form a pretty complete picture of training, but SS is definitely the book that should be read first. Even if you're not a beginner, there is a wealth of information on how to properly execute the big lifts, as well as their biomechanics.
    Last edited by Jorge Sanchez; 09-03-2008 at 07:53 AM.

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    i agree....SS is a great book, I have read much of it....not all though


    I was just wondering if I should get PP to help make a solid routine and because I have never read it, or SS to reread and read the sections I have skipped

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    I've read both, cover to cover. Starting Strength covers the proper form and the routine. PP is like what Jorge said. Both together are a wealth of info, but for an actual routine - SS is the ticket.
    Give chalk a chance.


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    so SS is the better bet for me trying to get a perfect routine down since my old one(s) seem to have hit a concrete wall? I have read some of it before when my old roommate had it, but I think I will get it for myself then....

    thanks for the info, I was very close to buying PP

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    Yes, I really think so. Get SS for now and read/re-read it and start the program. A few months from now, you might try getting PP and reading it. It does get rather dry (like reading a computer book), but it is full of great info.
    Give chalk a chance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rbtrout View Post
    It does get rather dry (like reading a computer book), but it is full of great info.
    Agreed.

    SS is great even if you're not going to follow Rippetoe's routine. I use it all the time to trouble shoot form issues with my lifts.

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    well I was looking into buying a copy of SS and I noticed there are two editions? with the new 2nd edition being almost double the cost


    what is the difference, if any? I want the newer one just because it is newer and it says 'expanded' edition


    please enlighten me!

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    I would buy the second edition. There are actually some substantive additions, including an entire chapter devoted to accessory lifts.

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