Starting Strength - Mark Rippetoe

Starting Strength Overview

Starting Strength alternates two workouts on a 3 times a week training frequency. The workouts are as following:

“A” Day:
Squat: 3×5
Bench: 3×5
Deadlift: 1×5

“B” Day:
Squat: 3×5
Overhead Press: 3×5
Power Clean: 5×3

Starting Strength Two Week Cycle:

Week 1:
Mon: Day “A”
Wed: Day “B”
Fri: Day “A”

Week 2:
Mon: Day “B”
Wed: Day “A”
Fri: Day “B”

Lifters add a fixed amount of weight to each exercise every training session. Typically, 5lbs on the squat, 10lbs on the deadlift, and 2.5lbs on the upperbody lifts and power cleans. This is an overload method known as linear progression.

Starting Strength is billed as a general strength program. 


When you “stall” on Starting Strength, defined as not completing your 3×5 for three straight workouts on an exercise, you reset the weights 10% and work your way back up. 

“Stalling” Squat Example:
Mon: 295x5x3
Wed: 300×5,4,3
Fri: 300×5,4,4
Mon: 300×4,4,4
Wed: 270x5x3 (10% reset)
Fri: 275x5x3

Workout Weight Increase Increments:
Squat: 5lbs
Bench/Press/Power Clean: 2.5lbs
Deadlift: 10lbs

Fatigue Management

The workload was selected to allow for full recovery between sessions.  

Starting Strength: The Book

If you’re interested in learning more about the program, or eventually using it yourself, it's highly recommended that you get the book.


Muscle & Mirth / Garage Gym Powerlifting strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program.

You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise.

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