Our Philosophy


Our philosophy is strongly rooted in the Starting Strength Method, but also incorporates concepts from the Westside Barbell when applicable.



Exercises are selected based on 3 criteria:

1. They use the most muscle mass

2. Over the largest effective range of motion

3. With the most weight possible

The combination of these criteria allow us to become as strong as possible.

Programming is based off of the Stress/Recovery/Adaptation Cycle

and the principle of minimum effective dose, with respect to the persons level of advancement and a focus on long-term improvements.

A Passion for Strength

Essential Barbell is committed to making you strong. Whether you're an athlete, executive, parent or grandparent you can benefit from strength. We have the skill and tools available to meet you where you are today, whether you are a beginner or experienced lifter.

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