Matt Reynolds presented the basic Starting Strength programming lecture to students of Dr. Nicholas Racculia (a fellow Starting Strength Coach) at St. Vincent College. The lecture begins with an overview of the SRA model – Stress, Recovery, and Adaptation – and the SAID principle. Matt then elucidates the basic stressors on our model lifter, both the productive stress of training as well as the non-productive stresses of life (both physical and psychological). Following discussion of the recovery and adaptation elements of the SRA cycle, Matt touches on how to manipulate the basic training variables (intensity, or load, and volume) and why exercise selection is probably not the answer to get unstuck from a plateau.
In part two, Matt will apply these principles to programming after the novice phase.
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