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Strong Enough? Thoughts on Thirty Years of Barbell Training

Narrated by: Mark Rippetoe
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary

There are lots of things about weight training in general and barbell exercise in particular that can only be learned by spending way too many hours in the gym. And honestly, unless you're a gym owner, this is a really weird way to spend 75 hours a week. 

Mark Rippetoe has been in the fitness industry since 1978 and has owned a black-iron gym since 1984. He knows things about lifting weights and training for performance that most other coaches and professionals have never had the chance to learn. This book of essays offers a glimpse into the depths of experience made possible through many years under the bar, and many more years spent helping others under the bar.

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Can highly recommend if you're interested in strength and fitness. No punches pulled in this book.

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Superb

Mark Rippetoe at his finest. Clear, concise, and valuable advice throughout. Simple but effective, backed by research and logic. I’ve personally followed his programming and have found it very effective for myself and clients.

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Repetitive, uninformative and a little ignorant

Mark shows his age a lot in this book. Claiming sports like Rugby and Olympic Weightlifting don't incorporate strength training at the elite level which is nonsense. In this day and age almost all sports include barbell training as part of their strength and conditioning programmes.


Repeats himself constantly which shows the book really doesn't't have that much content.

Unless you are absolutely new to strength training I would not recommend this book. Even then you'd be better off reading starting strength.

This book is just the ramblings of an old man who's opinions on the fitness industry are out of date

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-12-18

I get 'Stronger' just by listening to this.

I started lifting in 2016. Read, listen & watch so many gurus but none compare to the intelligent, sarcastic, well-spoken Mark Rippetoe. He is a gem! (In case you wonder, I only laugh at sarcastic jokes.)

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  • mlynapier
  • 16-01-19

Good listen if you want to get stronger

Like most collections of essays, they are hit and miss. Some are great, some are just Rip being Rip. But don't underestimate him or this book. A lot to be learned here.

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  • Drew Roberts
  • 01-01-19

Wish I read this 20 years ago

Mark Rippetoe has an entertaining communication style and great attention to detail in how the body should correctly move during strength training. If you're on the fence about getting this book, watch some of his YouTube videos and you'll see the value.

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  • Curtis Murray
  • 02-01-19

Very good.

Mark Rippetoe has a huge knowledge base and decades of practical experience. Well worth the purchase!

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  • Jeff Parry
  • 03-01-20

Wish I had known this 35 years ago.

But fortunately I’m now a convert and frequent his book Starting Strength in my salty garage gym as I’m resting between sets. He’s a teacher and a talker, but he keeps it a little bit humorous with occasional space alien 👽 jokes. Got to roll my eyes on his politics, but fortunately he doesn’t go there in this narrative of his years of using the barbell to train the human body to a stronger adaptation.

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  • Manuel Riveron
  • 17-10-19

Great !

Finally someone who knows something more then just “ Wellness “ great information. Definitely need more people with this mentality around. Thank you.

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  • Vedran Ramljak
  • 10-10-19

Surprisingly good performance

There was never any doubt that Rip’s content was excellent, but his performance on this book was stellar.

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  • DK
  • 24-09-19

Awesome

Knowledgeable coach. Very informative and captive listen. A must for beginners and experienced lifters.

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  • Ted
  • 12-08-19

Worth the listen!

Enjoyed it and found Rippetoe’s views entertaining and educational.
Would recommend it to anyone serious about weight training.

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  • Timothy Sy
  • 08-08-19

Highly entertaining and full of insights

Mark's thoughts on fitness and wellness are truly worth listening to. His wit and sarcasm also lends to a very entertaining time.