The Amazing Bill Starr 5×5 Program

The Bill Starr LP (Linear Program) was originally created by Bill Starr in 1976 in his book ‘Strongest Shall Survive, Strength Training for Football’. Bill Starr was a former Olympian and Olympic Team Coach and was an original York Barbell pioneer in the 1950’s.

The Starr-Man is said to be one of a handful of coaches responsible for shaping the way Strength & Conditioning training is as we see it today. If you want to learn more about Bill you can read this article from Elitefts.com, a paragraph like this does not do justice to this great man and I wish I could write more.

The program I have reviewed is not the original Bill Starr 5×5 1976 program, it is a variation of it that’s better suited for powerlifters. But the basic framework of the Bill Starr 1976 style program is applied.

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Program Pro’s and Con’s

Pro’sCon’s
Very simple to use and followIncludes irrelevant Olympic lifts for powerlifters
Sufficient volume to create a strength adaptation for novice liftersLacks in variation and accessory exercises
Great squat and pressing frequency for a novice lifter’sToo much rowing and not enough deadlifting.
Follows a logical linear intensity overload progressionlacks intensity
Allows sufficient rest and recovery between training sessions. The program could easily be eight weeks not ten
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Excel Spreadsheet

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