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Starting Strength
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:53:37 AM »
Starting today my husband and I are going to follow Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore. Does anyone have any experience with this?  We will be building muscular strength, strength in the connective tissue and the skin, raising our metabolic rate through increased muscle mass and increasing our bone density. We are doing so by using functional, compound movements, which stresses and therefore improves our bodies in the manner they are meant to be.

We've done crossfit in the past along with some olympic weightlifting -- but now we no longer pay for a gym membership, so we do it all on our own. Starting Strength is an amazing way to teach yourself and a loved one how to lift.

We'll be doing a rotating schedule for several weeks with rest days that are sacred! This will be hard for me as I feel I finally had a breakthrough in my running psychologically. I ran through a whole 5k for the first time. It's not much for most people, but finishing an entire race without walking is a big deal for me. I've slowly begun to realize that working through tough physical challenges is more psychological than it is bodily.

I'd love any advice on what to eat before/after these kinds of work outs. I'm reading Paleo Diet for Athletes to get some ideas.

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Re: Starting Strength
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011, 06:46:16 AM »
it's going to be awesome... starting strength is a classic.


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Re: Starting Strength
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011, 07:49:33 AM »
We did our first workout last night. I am so inflexible in my shoulders that I had a hard time squatting with our 45lb bar! Ugh.
I did do multiple sets, and then I did some shoulder pass-throughs with a light metal bar.

I did warm ups for each exercise to refine form and determine weight for the work sets.

Bench: 56lbs x 5 x 3 
I feel like my form is getting much stronger already. (I started practicing last week)

Deadlift: 81lbs x 5 x 3
I love Deadlifts! I did a deadlift workout last October with 108lbs. I know I can get back up to that quickly.