The Starting Strength Program
Kingwood Strength & Conditioning (including owner Andy Baker) has been an advocate and proponent of the Starting Strength Program since our opening in 2007, and we were proud to be named the nation’s 1st Starting Strength Gym in 2012.
The Starting Strength Program is based on the book, “Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training” by Mark Rippetoe.
The SS program is quite simply the BEST training program for all beginning trainees, regardless of age, gender, goals, or physical ability. It is equally effective for athletes and non athletes alike.
Almost all new trainees at Kingwood Strength & Conditioning will utilize all or part of the Starting Strength program for their first several weeks and months as a client. No program works better to increase strength, and change body composition (i.e. less fat and more muscle).
The SS program revolves around learning and practicing the basic barbell lifts including the Squat, Press, Bench Press, Deadlift, and Power Clean. Learning and practicing these lifts will develop the foundation for all future training to follow.
A common misconception about the Starting Strength program is that it is a “powerlifting” or “bodybuilding” program. It is not. Powerlifting and bodybuilding are highly specialized competitive sports and we understand that the majority of our clients have no interest in either.
The Starting Strength program is a basic strength & conditioning program that is appropriate for all novice trainees.
For athletes, it is the foundation for building strength, size, power and speed. We have had weight gains of up to 40 lbs utilizing this program along with a high calorie diet.
For overweight clients, the Starting Strength program will develop the base of muscle mass that is necessary to elevate the metabolism. More muscle = higher metabolism = increased fat loss.
For seniors, there is no better program. As we age, we experience rapid decreases in muscle and bone mass. A correctly structured barbell program, like Starting Strength, can reverse this trend and add quality years to your lift.
If you have additional questions about our program, please send us a message using the contact form on the right.