Top critical review
Good advice and strong opinions
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2018
I'm not a fitness professional, but the general consensus seems to be that programs like starting strength are very good for beginners (squat-intensive whole body workout repeated three times a week, small number of reps per set, increase weight every workout). This book offers some coaching on how to perform the exercises (the basic instructions for the program can be found anywhere on the internet). It does it's job, though now that I've read it I'm really not sure it's necessary. Youtube and internet articles (some written by the author!) are a better teacher, and you really should find someone to show you the basics, even its a one time coaching session at the local YMCA.
The book and Rippetoe's internet articles very much argues that you must follow the program exactly, and that if you are unsuccessful, it is because you did not follow the program. I've taught people before (other topics) so I appreciate that students are always taking shortcuts or asking to apply adaptations and customizations that don't apply to beginners. However, if you read and watch other coaches, some of this absolutism is overkill. (e.g., on the topic of whether high or low bar squats are better suited to the program). His dietary advice... is old fashioned and seemingly not informed by science, but you can take it with a grain of salt.