You might think you know proper weight lifting technique…
BUT, do you really?
I am asking you to wipe the slate clean with what you know about weight lifting.
I especially want you to do that right now.
This page is about learning proper form and technique for the best compound weightlifting exercises.
You may think you know how to perform all the exercises correctly, but I can almost guarantee you that you don't.
So, please take this very seriously.
I'm Saying The Things Above Because I Learned the Hard Way
Listen to my story, and you'll know why you should take this seriously…
I lifted weights for 7 years thinking I knew everything about performing exercises with proper form and technique.
I didn't believe I needed to learn anything else about proper form and technique.
I was making good progress (or so I thought) — so why change anything? I ignored everything I heard or saw about exercise form.
One day, I came across a website that was really pushing this book on learning how to do exercises properly.
I figured the website owner was simply trying to make some money. I wrote it off and ignored what I had seen.
Then, I started to see more and more people recommending that same book. I started to pay more attention, but I still thought that I knew everything I needed to know.
I Really Thought the Guy Was Lying to Me
I became more curious one day after seeing some recommendations from people I really trusted to buy the book. I decided to finally bite the bullet and pay the $30 or so for this book. I had waited as long as I could.
I still didn't believe that this book would teach me anything new.
I got this book in, and I was completely astounded by the information provided in the book. I had never seen anything quite like it, and I soon realized that I knew absolutely nothing about performing exercises with proper technique and form.
And this was after 7 years of consistent weight lifting — I realized I knew nothing.
Unless you've been taught by a good weight lifting coach, you most likely are in the same boat that I was several years ago.
If you are a beginner, be glad that you are reading this right now. You will not waste years and years of progress as I did and so many others.
So, What Happened When I Started Applying the Proper Techniques I Learned from the Book?
The amount of weight I lifted started to increase more than ever before.
For example, the most I had ever lifted for the free weight Overhead Press was around 145 pounds for about 10 reps (1 Rep Max = 193 pounds).
I immediately started increasing the weight every workout and reached 175 pounds for the same number of reps (1 Rep Max = 233 pounds). The strength I gained for someone who had been lifting for 7 years was simply amazing.
I gained 40 pounds on my 1 rep max on the Overhead Press in a short period of time. My shoulders and arms exploded with muscle growth too.
I had FINALLY learned how to do the exercise properly. I learned how to use the correct musculature of the body and use proper leverage to lift more weight.
I learned how to use hip movement to get under the bar when pressing the weight overhead.
I learned how to make the bar travel the shortest distance to lift the weight. I learned where my elbows should be throughout the movement. I learned how to grip the bar correctly.
I learned everything I needed to know to lift the weight with proper form and technique on the overhead press.
It's Time For You to Learn Proper Weight Lifting Technique
The book taught me how to lift with proper form and technique not only on the overhead press but many other very important exercises. The book taught me proper form on 29 different exercises.
When I learned how to lift weights properly, my muscle mass and strength increased significantly on all exercises. My squat, deadlift, and bench press numbers soared like never before.
I'm telling you all of this because I highly recommend that you purchase the same book that helped me to finally learn how to lift weights with proper technique.
Now, I'm going to give you as much as I can on how to perform exercises properly, so you don't have to purchase the book. But, you will be missing out if you don't.
The book is written by someone I don't know. The person who wrote the book does not know me. I am simply recommending a tool to you that will help you make the best progress of your life.
You need to learn how to lift weights properly, and this is the only book worth having on lifting weights with proper form and technique.
It would take me years and years to write anything similar, and I don't have the knowledge to compare to what is contained in this book — not even close!
Important Note: You don't have to have this book. So don't take it that way. It's an absolutely amazing book, so I wanted to let you know about it. Everyone that I've known to purchase the book absolutely loves it.
The book is written by a USA Senior Weightlifting Coach with many years of elite level coaching experience.
He's taught some of the best weightlifters in the world, and he is considered to be one of the top weight lifting coaches in the world. You can't find that type of experience with ANY other book.
I highly recommend that you purchase the book. You can read reviews on the book from hundreds of other people. You don't have to take my word for it!
The cost of the book at the time of this writing is $40. The benefits you will get from this book are well worth the cost of the book.
By learning how to lift weights properly, you will avoid injury for the rest of your life. That alone is worth much more than the cost of the book.
I will never lead you in the wrong direction. You need this book. I've put together some web pages that will compliment the use of this book and help those of you who just don't want to purchase the book. Make sure you see them…
The web pages I am sending you to are a part of this website: Weight Lifting Complete. You will find pages for 5 of the best exercises that will help you get started in the right direction.
You'll find videos of Coach Rippetoe teaching proper exercise form on the Squat, Deadlift, Overhead Press, and Bench Press. I've also put together a page on Pendlay Rows along with some other helpful technique pages.
You'll at least get a sample of the type of information contained in Starting Strength. Coach Rippetoe is a great teacher and coach. I suggest you start learning and practicing proper technique from day one of this program.
Here's the link to the Weight Lifting Techniques page:
Again, I highly recommend you purchase Starting Strength. I went several years before I decided to purchase the book, and that was the biggest mistake I've made in my weight lifting career. I wasted years of progress. I don't want you to make the same mistakes that I made.
UPDATE: There is now a brand new DVD that goes along with the Starting Strength book. It's two and a half hours long and costs $20 at the time of this writing. Again, you do not need this for any of our programs, but it is highly recommended.
If you just can't purchase the book or the DVD, please watch the videos on my website at the link above. That will give you a great start.
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