Practical Programming for Strength Training – by Mark Rippetoe.
I ordered this four days ago for the following reason, listed in the blurb:
–Expanded Novice chapter with the details of 3 different approaches to the problem of getting stuck and special approaches for the underweight and overweight trainee
–Expanded Intermediate chapter with 18 separate programs and 11 detailed examples
–Expanded Advanced chapter with detailed examples of 9 different programs
–Expanded Special Populations chapter with example programs for women and masters lifters training through their 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s
The last, bolded part is the most important to me. It turns out that the Rippetoe program that is presented in Starting Strength, which I bought first, may not be as “one size fits all” as it is presented.
I’ve been readiing the Rippetoe forums, especially the one for “The Elderly – get off my lawn,” which makes reference to a somewhat less intense program for geezers in their sixties, seventies, and up. Since I’m starting to push seventy, I want to make sure that I don’t either burn myself out, or injure myself trying to follow a program that is really designed for a fit 18-35 year old.
Otherwise, I’ve been fairly happy with my initial experiences with Rippetoe. I can see quite a bit of potential in it for me. Now all I have to do is find a power cage I can afford that will let me do squats at home with reasonable safety. What I’m using now is a DIY Smith Machine, which, according to Wikipedia, is much less effective – and potentially more injurious – than free weights.
In the end, though, if the result is a much stronger me (and as I mentioned earlier, I was shocked to discover how weak I was from the waist down), then it will all be money, time, and effort well spent.
I want to be that 91 year old guy deadlifting 300 pounds. I’ll bet he won’t be one of those men who trips on a rug and fractures a hip.