Contact Us Bill Starr Bill Starr was a leading weightlifter during the s who became a high- profile author, editor, and coach in the burgeoning field of strength and conditioning. His intimate knowledge of training and fluent writing style led to an almost cult following in succeeding decades among strength athletes and serious sport connoisseurs. Most influential was his The Strongest Shall Survive, Strength Training for Football, which remains a strength and conditioning classic. At pounds on graduating from high school and too small and weak to play college sports, he joined the US Air Force. During his brief stint in the medical corps, he became bigger and stronger by lifting weights.
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The intent of the author to make this publication an "Encyclopedia on the Topic of Strength Training" has been accomplished. It was originally written in order to fill the need for "an instructional book on strength training for football. The Strongest Shall Survive brings a great deal of pertinent information related to the subject of proper strength, flexibility, and quickness training specifically for the sport of football into one readable volume.
The chapters on the subjects of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology serve as a brief but complete introduction to these difficult subjects for the reader with a limited scientific background.
His descriptions and illustrative figures serve the experienced student well also, presenting a concise review of the major muscular structures of the body and their functions. Although the student of chiropractic will be armed with most of the presented information prior to reading, these first chapters provide a necessary introduction to the material which follows and are written in such a way to make the review enjoyable.
The next four chapters provide a complete course on strength training. A history of the development of what have become almost universally accepted training principles, various means by which the coach or athlete can apply these principles in order to best achieve the goal of bodily strength and fitness, specific routines for the advanced athlete or weight trained individual, and procedures for insuring adequate supervision of a weight training program when dealing with an entire athletic team.
Numerous excerpts are interjected within the body of the more technical material, taken from interviews with players who achieved success following the outlined methods.
These lend a factual tone to the entire discourse and allow the aspiring athlete to better relate to the possibilities in improvement made possible by the suggested programs. Starr is careful to discuss the applications of his programs as they relate to the professional athlete and the adolescent who is but starting out in his quest for physical strength and maturity. Adding to the scientific nature of the discourse is Mr.
As an experienced trainee and trainer, I can honestly state that his recommendations are sound from both the scientific and practical points of view. He takes precautions to present an overview of pertinent literature and then explains each macro and micro nutrient in detail. His use of numerous examples from the world of athletics makes the presentation much more than a list of vitamins and minerals. Although Mr. Practical suggestions for applying nutritional information to specific circumstances pre-competition meals, rapid loss of weight, and the increase of lean body tissue as examples is very informative and worthwhile for any athlete.
The related materials section of the book is wide ranging in topic and exceptionally interesting. Sleep, the scientific data relating to it, its role in proper maintenance of strength and health, and practical suggestions for attaining it in the proper amounts are explored in considerable detail.
This chapter alone is worth the price of the entire book. Each drug is analyzed in detail; its historical relationship to athletics, chemical components, effects on the body, uses, and contradictions. Being privy to numerous private conversations among world class athletes, Mr.
Starr gives the interested athlete, coach, or physician a rare glimpse into he underworld of athletic drug use.
The author describes chapters 16 and 17 as "a complete guide as to the proper procedure to follow in rehabilitating a wide assortment of injuries. Diagnostic procedure and practical tips on initiating a healing program based on the abilities of the trainer, team physician, and strength coach are covered in detail.
Methods in which to adapt the basic strength development program in order to provide the injured athlete with a very workable injury management program are presented and explained in depth. This extends to alterations in the nutritional intake of the injured individual and the rationale behind making such alterations. Further detail is given regarding regarding the medical definitions of the various types of injury and approaches to their correction.
A fully illustrated section follows which discusses in considerable detail injuries to specific body parts and the various ways in which each particular injury can be corrected using a wide range of rehabilitative and reconstructive equipment. This is a valuable guide for the coach, therapist, or physician who must oversee the care of athletic personnel.
Within the context of this discussion, application of each modality to the field of athletic training is covered in enough detail to allow the uninitiated to best choose what would be the most practical for his particular program.
A further discussion of the role of the strength coach in organized athletics follows. I feel that this volume, although not as extensive or detailed as many texts, gives a very complete overview of its subject matter, and most importantly, provides practical and useful information in a very well organized manner. I feel that every practitioner charged with the responsibility of caring for athletes, at any level, should have this book in their library.
The Strongest Shall Survive: Strength Training for Football
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Bill Starr - 5x5 Training Routines
The strongest shall survive : strength training for football
Bill Starr Original 5 x 5 Training Routine