#3 – Barbell Training for Strength

Following last week’s discussion about the importance of strength as the foundation of the 10 General Physical Skills, Coach Darin and Trent walk through the basics of how to train for strength, including:

What a strength training program looks like (exercise selection, number of reps and sets, intensity, etc.) What kind of equipment you need How to find a coach to learn correct lifting technique, and how to identify a good coach The Novice Linear Progression as laid out by Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training 3rd Edition, suitable for all trainees who have not yet done a linear progression (even experienced athletes!).

In addition to Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, which is a must-read for all lifters, we highly recommend Dr. Jonathon Sullivan and Andy Baker’s book The Barbell Prescription: Strength Training for Life After 40. The Barbell Prescription addresses strength training specifically for the Masters lifter, and is an excellent complement to Starting Strength. Whereas Starting Strength details how to perform each of the main barbell lifts and why they should be performed that way, The Barbell Prescription details the reasons why a Masters athlete (or the “athlete of aging” as the book describes) should pursue strength training as their primary form of training, and some special programming considerations for older populations.

Finally for more information on what to do on your first day at the gym doing a strength workout, check out the podcast of our friends at Barbell Logic. Start at the very beginning and listen to the first ten episodes for excellent, detailed advice on how to get started.


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