FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Starting Strength?
The Starting Strength System makes use of the body's most basic movement patterns – barbell exercises that involve all the body’s muscle mass – utilized over the longest effective range of motion and loaded progressively, to force the adaptations necessary for increased strength.
Unlike other popular exercise protocols, Starting Strength is a training system – a long-term process designed for getting stronger over time, not a random collection of exercises that just make you hot, sweaty, sore, confused, and tired today.
Why is strength important?
Strength is the most important physical attribute of one’s physical existence. Getting stronger can positively impact all the other physical attributes, something the rest of the physical attributes can’t do. A lack of strength compromises athletic performance, health and quality of life as we age.
Regardless of what your training goals are, barbell strength training can get you there, unless your goal is to get weaker.
What's the difference between exercise and strength training?
Exercise is performance of physical activity for its own sake – done to work up a sweat, breath heavily and feel exhausted with no plan or thought towards a goal. Without a goal and structured program, you could be spinning your wheels and be at exactly the same place despite exercising for years.
Training is physical activity done specifically with a long term goal in mind. Each workout is specifically programmed in a way that brings you closer towards achieving your end goal. With a goal and structured program, you have measurable progress that you can track.
I’ve never touched a barbell in my life, am old and have injuries (back/knee/hip/shoulder/elbows problems etc), can I train and is it safe?
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