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Free weight strength training is one of the greatest things you could do to improve your health.

The program to which you refer (http://stronglifts.com/stronglifts-5x5-beginner-strength-tra...) seems to be a slightly different spin on Mark Ripptoe's legendary Starting Strength program (http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/The_Starting_Strength...).

If you are serious about improving your strength and health in general, buy Mark's book (http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Strength-2nd-Mark-Rippetoe/dp...). It is probably the best $30 investment I have ever made.

NB: I am in no way affiliated with Mark Rippetoe. I simply have incredible respect for the man.

His book Practical Programming is also good if you want a slightly more advanced take on the subject. It still has a chapter going over this beginning workout and why it makes sense. Even though most people don't need the advanced training programs, it's damn interesting to read about the science behind them.


You can also find lots of videos of Rippetoe coaching on youtube. I still recommend buying his book, but you can convince yourself that he's sane first.

+1 on Starting Strength. It helped a lot with my form.

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