Testimonials on the results seen while on The Starting Strength Program.

Richard Gellard

Increase my squats from 80lbs to 225 in 7 months and now i am super ripped!

Two months ago I read 'Starting Strength' by Mark Rippetoe, and followed his routine exactly as it was written.

Here are my results:

Day 1


Squat: 185 x 5
Bench: 135 x 5
Deadlift: 185 x 5
Press: 95 x 5
Power Clean: 95 x 5
Weight: 175 lbs

Day 57


Squat: 330 x 3
Bench: 200 x 5
Deadlift: 335 x 3
Press: 135 x 5
Power Clean: 185 x 3
Weight: 210 lbs

I am thirty-seven years old, and stand 6'4".

I am not an athlete, nor have I ever been (in gym class, it was me or that fat kid for last pick).

I took no supplements or drugs.

I followed the routine verbatim. These are the only five exercises I did. Mark was kind enough to answer any of my questions on his forum.

I have a photo blog where I tracked my weekly results, however the credit really goes to Mark Rippetoe. I honestly wouldn't have believed such a simple routine, chased with a gallon of milk a day, would be so effective.

In truth, I believe that it was Mark's description of how to do a proper low bar squat, and his insistence that I don't substitute any exercise for power cleans, that led to such great results.

A little muscle goes a long way to improving one's disposition.

Best, Flux

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