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 best selling book, “Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training” by Mark Rippetoe. The methods contained have quite literally transformed the lives of thousands.
The Starting Strength program is quite simply the BEST strength 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. you will lose fat and build muscle).
Seniors and older adults
There is no better program. As we age, we experience rapid decreases in muscle and bone mass. This results in loss of strength, balance, and mobility. And it slows the metabolism. A correctly structured barbell program, like Starting Strength, can reverse this trend and add quality years to your life.
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 athletes, it is the foundation for building strength, size, power and speed. You can’t run fast, jump high, or throw fast if you are WEAK.
The Starting Strength program revolves around learning and practicing the basic barbell lifts including the Squat, Press, Bench Press, Deadlift, and for athletes the 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.
The Video below was produced by Paul Horn, fellow Starting Strength Coach and Starting Strength Gym owner. An excellent snapshot into the essence of a Starting Strength Gym: