How it's Different
The fitness industry relies on novelty and complexity instead of producing results. Starting Strength is simple, hard, and effective. And that's why it works.
No treadmills, no bosu balls, no yoga mats. Everything you need to get strong and nothing more.
EVERYONE GETS DEDICATED COACHING
Not supervision in a large class or guidance from an unqualified "trainer," you get dedicated coaching and individual programming from a world-class strength coach.
Training sessions at Starting Strength Gyms are capped at 12 trainees to facilitate quality coaching.
TESTED & PROVEN
The Starting Strength Method was refined through decades of coaching and millions of hours of refinement, to produce the most effective and efficient strength program in existence.
The best-selling book, Starting Strength, is widely viewed as the authority on strength training.
EVERYONE MAKES PROGRESS
Other fitness programs rely on how you feel (tired, sore, and sweaty) after your workout. Starting Strength produces results you can measure - week over week, month over month.
If you can squat more today than you could last week, you've gotten stronger.
If your exercises do not enable you to continually lift heavier weights, then your exercises are not improving your strength.
This means that kettlebells, kickboxing, playing with the dumbbells, pilates, yoga, bicycling, jogging, running, swimming, shuffleboard, gardening, balancing on colorful balls while waving chrome weights in the air, treadmilling, elliptical machining, stair-climbing, rock climbing, wood chopping, loading hay on a trailer, snow shoveling, air-squatting, push-upping, and chin-upping, is not strength training.
It may be hard, you may get tired doing it, and it may even make you sore, but it's not strength training because it cannot make you stronger. Some of these things may require strength, but doing them cannot possibly develop strength since 1) none of them are limited by your absolute strength, and 2) they do not require constantly increasing force production. But all of them benefit from increased strength developed elsewhere.
The Starting Strength Method is strength training, and since strength benefits everything else, the Starting Strength Method improves everything else that you can do physically – including every item on this list.