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Starting Strength Channel

By Mark Rippetoe

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Starting Strength is the bestselling book on the most fundamental and effective approach to strength training ever written. Mark Rippetoe hosts The Starting Strength Channel where he discusses topics of interest, primarily to him, but perhaps also to you.

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Rip is super knowledgeable

I am very glad Mark Rippetoe decided to start a podcast. He has tons of information and more importantly experience on strength training. I could listen to Rip talk about capital "T" training all day long. If you like this podcast check out his book Starting Strength 3rd edition. Keep disseminating all the great info Rip!

Finally! Something good for me to listen to while I lift

Rippetoe's books are the most authoritative source for any aspiring lifter who has some brains to go with the brawn. You get a thorough knowledge of mechanics, anatomy, and physiology, as well as programming for training that maximizes strength gains. You won't get much talk about abs, just the things that actually matter. The podcast does not disappoint, either--it is unsurprisingly articulate and characteristically laconic. Strongly recommended.

Needs work--good content, but poor execution.

I listen to a variety of podcasts dealing with strength training during my 2 hour commute each day. I enjoy being able to listen to educational podcasts rather than litter my mind with the same music I heard the day before. I do own the Kindle version of Starting Strength, so I've read much of the material. So, I was excited to see that Mark developed this series of podcasts and have listened to all of the podcats thru part of episode 6 as of this morning.

I think with time and letting go of "control" and ego, this podcast can be very good. Mark starts the first episode talking about what he hopes to accomplish with his series of podcasts. Within the first few podcasts he talks about his seminars and what it takes to become certified. I thought it was interesting that the test to become certified was essay format, and that he stated very few passed. (If you only have written 10 pages in answer to these essay questions, apparently it's not enough.) In a following podcast he reads from his book, "reading to children", as he worded it. (Are there chldren listening to this podcast, or adults?) He reads word-for-word, even citing pictures (i.e. "figure 3"), which of course you can't "see" as it's a audio-only podcast. Ok, I guess I subscribed to an audiobook and not a podcast.

In episode 5 he introduces his first co-host, Stef Bradford, whom he constantly interupts even tho he occasionaly solicits her input. I would like to of heard more of a discussion between the two rather than her seemingly being there to validate his teachings. Despite the poor execution in having a co-host, the content of that episode was good as it talks about recovery from injury.

Episode 6 he goes back to reading from the book, again commenting about it being like reading to children, introduces his book like it was the bible --"second condominions (Corinthians?), 8670975, ext 12"... and pats himself on the back for his highly developed radio broadcasting voice, and some reference to Australians. (Sarcasm? Not sure.)

I think this podcast has promise, but as I stated intiatially, Mark needs to let go of control. I think having guest speakers, perhaps those whom he trained and certified, would be a good addition, or perhaps call-in guests for whom he can answer questions using the training method from his book.

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