• Strong Enough? Thoughts on Thirty Years of Barbell Training

  • By: Mark Rippetoe
  • Narrated by: Mark Rippetoe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (336 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There are lots of things about weight training in general and barbell exercise in particular that can only be learned by spending way too many hours in the gym. And honestly, unless you're a gym owner, this is a really weird way to spend 75 hours a week. 

Mark Rippetoe has been in the fitness industry since 1978 and has owned a black-iron gym since 1984. He knows things about lifting weights and training for performance that most other coaches and professionals have never had the chance to learn. This book of essays offers a glimpse into the depths of experience made possible through many years under the bar, and many more years spent helping others under the bar.

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I get 'Stronger' just by listening to this.

I started lifting in 2016. Read, listen & watch so many gurus but none compare to the intelligent, sarcastic, well-spoken Mark Rippetoe. He is a gem! (In case you wonder, I only laugh at sarcastic jokes.)

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Good listen if you want to get stronger

Like most collections of essays, they are hit and miss. Some are great, some are just Rip being Rip. But don't underestimate him or this book. A lot to be learned here.

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Wish I read this 20 years ago

Mark Rippetoe has an entertaining communication style and great attention to detail in how the body should correctly move during strength training. If you're on the fence about getting this book, watch some of his YouTube videos and you'll see the value.

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Very good.

Mark Rippetoe has a huge knowledge base and decades of practical experience. Well worth the purchase!

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We've heard it

Always love Rip's performance, but most of it have already been dealt with elsewhere.

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Fantastic Dive into Life

I found Mark Rippetoe's book entertaining and informative. He keeps the reader/listener interested in the meaty lessons of the book through a sarcastic humor I found intriguing. If you are at all interested in staying alive as long as possible while staying in one piece without the need for drugs, walkers or hospital care, this tome will explain the how's and why's for doing so. I highly recommend this book/audio book for everyone whether or not a present weightlifter so as to be inspired and therefore motivated to gain strength for their best health (not just "wellness" - - read/listen to this book as to why I refer to wellness). Hats off to Mark for an excellent sharing of his 30 + years of strength training expertise.

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more for intermediate lifters

This is perhaps a book meant for intermediate/beginning lifters. I imagine the hard copy has diagrams and things to follow. Overall it was a decent a decent listen considering I've been out of the gym for 3 months. it helped me get theorivation and confidence to go back. but as an intermediate/advanced lifter myself (been in sports/lifting for over 20 years) I can't say I learned much new information.

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great info from a legend

Mark is able to clearly illustrate good form and how strength improves almost every aspect of life.

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A good listen.

Mr. Rippetoe's wit and wisdom make this an easy and interesting listen. Informative and motivational.

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The unapologetic apologist for strength training

Mark does a good job of presenting the case for strength training, calling out irresponsible science and medical experts overstepping the bounds of their knowledge along the way. If you've ever had a friend tell you that squats hurt your knees, or a parent tell you that lifting stunts your growth, then this book is for you.

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  • Liam Kelly
  • 01-17-19

Repetitive, uninformative and a little ignorant

Mark shows his age a lot in this book. Claiming sports like Rugby and Olympic Weightlifting don't incorporate strength training at the elite level which is nonsense. In this day and age almost all sports include barbell training as part of their strength and conditioning programmes.


Repeats himself constantly which shows the book really doesn't't have that much content.

Unless you are absolutely new to strength training I would not recommend this book. Even then you'd be better off reading starting strength.

This book is just the ramblings of an old man who's opinions on the fitness industry are out of date

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  • Rockstar's mum
  • 05-26-22

Talking about strength training...

can be pretty dull when it gets bogged down in the science. Mark is anything but dull. In fact I think he should narrate more books other than his own, he could probably make The Anatomy of Melancholy a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-22-22

Brilliant!

If you have a sense of humour, are a beginner or expert in strength or physical training you must listen to Mark read this book.

I said ‘oh no’ out loud when it finished…

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  • Matt St P
  • 08-20-20

my favorite narrator

he could read the phone book and I would read it.
Strong content as usual.

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  • RoughNorth
  • 05-26-20

Timeless training wisdom

Covers lots of typical Rip topics - nothing that I haven't heard before, just good solid common sense. Strength making everything better. Old people can't progress as fast as young, spot fat reduction is bs, abs & muscles are side effects. Barbells are best.
Rips narration makes what would be slightly dry topics very entertaining.

Another review claims that Rip says that olympic weightlifting and rugby don't use barbell training. This isn't what he says. Just that he believes that they are not emphasised enough. It should be noted this was written in 2007 (audio produced was recorded much later) and the critical review was written in 2019. Seems a bit unfair to give a 1* review to a 13 year old book by saying it's not up to date.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-20

Best Coach Ever.

Love all of Marks books. Just superb and so educational. He has a knack of teaching with such precision and leaves no stone unturned.

He has inspired me and more importantly my form is superb due to his teaching. This has enabled me to lift heavy yet safely. Can’t thank him enough. Thanks Mark you are the best.

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  • ItsChrisFAdams
  • 06-28-19

Excellent

Can highly recommend if you're interested in strength and fitness. No punches pulled in this book.

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  • Sblig
  • 05-05-19

Superb

Mark Rippetoe at his finest. Clear, concise, and valuable advice throughout. Simple but effective, backed by research and logic. I’ve personally followed his programming and have found it very effective for myself and clients.