This book explains the key barbel lifts for Olympic lifts in a very thorough way. Mark doesn't only explain how to perform the lift but goes into extensive detail about the affected muscles and their interaction with gravity/application of physics so that you know exactly why the lift should be performed that way.
Don't be fooled to think it's another science book. Weightlifting is a science and a single slip up can and WILL cause catastrophic damage.
If you have intention to build strength then this book is absolutely critical to read beforehand. Please don't become one of those guys at the gym who loads plates onto the bar just to satisfy your ego only to injure yourself. I was one of those idiots and I now have a herniated disc. Seeing people round their back doing the deadlift now makes me cringe because I went through the pain caused by my own stupidity.
The beauty of this book is that there is a forum associated with the book so you can get advice from there as well. Having read this book and corrected my form, I've strengthened my lower back muscle such that I genuinely feel no pain in my lower back anymore unless I remain seated for way too long or sit in an awkward position (like slouching for instance).
What an amazing read, Mark goes into every details of the main lifts for powerlifting/Olympic lifting. It is a great read and highly recommend it for anyone wanting to start out in training or someone like myself who needed a refresher on the lifts 💪💪
If you're looking to get into any sort of barbell based weightlifting, Starting Strength is the seminal text. Rippetoe presents sophisticated bio mechanical concepts in an accessible way to the novice. His writing style is conversational and offers enough anecdote to keep a dry concept fresh.
What I didn't like is the way that the book is heavy with its own sense of self importance. If Rippetoe is the god father of modern strength training, he knows it. On several occasions he doesn't back up any of his statements with any more evidence than "because I said so".
Once you get over the tone of some of the later chapters, you just can't go past the fact that Starting Strength is a must read for strength trainers, novice and experienced alike.