Rippetoe's Starting Strength

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    Nov 27, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
    Has anyone tried Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength program? What kind of results did you get? How long did you stay on it?

    http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Strength-2nd-Mark-Rippetoe/dp/0976805421/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322408919&sr=8-1

    http://startingstrength.com/

    I've been on it for about three months and made some progress on all my lifts, particularly my deadlift.

    I added 65 lbs to my squat and 140 lbs to my deadlift. My upper-body lifts didn't see as much in terms of gains, unfortunately.

    One issue I have is food-related. I found it challenging to eat 3500 calories a day and the fat is definitely creeping up. But if you don't eat enough, you end up stalling on your lifts quickly.

    I made the mistake of trying to keep it below 2500 and got nowhere when I was about a month into the program; once I bumped up my intake, I started progressing again.
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    Nov 27, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    Everyone's a little different in how long they can progress with this, typically if you've just started out with lifting you could expect a longer progression (over a year or so). He also has a book "Practical Programming" that discusses periodization and what to do with plateaus.
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    Nov 27, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    ryno saidEveryone's a little different in how long they can progress with this, typically if you've just started out with lifting you could expect a longer progression (over a year or so). He also has a book "Practical Programming" that discusses periodization and what to do with plateaus.


    Thanks for the tip, man. I'll look into Practical Programming; I've seen that referenced before so I'll add it to my reading list.

    Let me ask you something. If I get to the point where I think I've gained too much fat, do you think it's reasonable to take a break from it and re-focus on fat loss and then go back on it later on?

    From what I follow with Rippetoe's writing, it seems like being a beginner is sort of a window of opportunity to make large gains linearly. Does that window close, though, if you start a different program and try to return to SS later on?
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    Nov 27, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    How much fat you gain will be completely dependent on your diet. Changing your program away from strength training will just delay strength gains.
    As far as the window of opportunity as a beginner, you wont lose it unless the program you switched to was just as or more taxing than the 5x5. Rippetoe describes the difference between beginner/intermediate/advance in terms of how quickly they can recover from a training session, not necessarily for how long they have been training.
    This is a seperate website that is based off of the 5x5 program and discusses alot of information http://stronglifts.com/
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    Nov 27, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    ryno saidHow much fat you gain will be completely dependent on your diet. Changing your program away from strength training will just delay strength gains.
    As far as the window of opportunity as a beginner, you wont lose it unless the program you switched to was just as or more taxing than the 5x5. Rippetoe describes the difference between beginner/intermediate/advance in terms of how quickly they can recover from a training session, not necessarily for how long they have been training.
    This is a seperate website that is based off of the 5x5 program and discusses alot of information http://stronglifts.com/


    Gotcha. Thanks so much for the insight! I appreciate it.
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    Nov 27, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    No problema, let me know if you have any other questions
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    Dec 08, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    I'm doing Rippetoe's SS and I have to say that it messes up with your brain a lot. In resting days, all I'm thinking about is food,food, food every 2-3 hoursicon_eek.gif. Oh great, it's time to go eat again.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 08, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    oaksen saidI'm doing Rippetoe's SS and I have to say that it messes up with your brain a lot. In resting days, all I'm thinking about is food,food, food every 2-3 hoursicon_eek.gif. Oh great, it's time to go eat again.icon_rolleyes.gif


    Haha I know. So. Much. Eating.

    How is it going of you otherwise? Making good gains in your lifts?
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    Dec 08, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
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    oaksen saidI'm doing Rippetoe's SS and I have to say that it messes up with your brain a lot. In resting days, all I'm thinking about is food,food, food every 2-3 hoursicon_eek.gif. Oh great, it's time to go eat again.icon_rolleyes.gif


    Haha I know. So. Much. Eating.

    How is it going of you otherwise? Making good gains in your lifts?


    I've just recently weighed myself earlier 160lbs now but I've been on it for 3.5 weeks though. I am actually happy with this gain but I hear it's dangerous to increase the weight increments if you don't use the proper form. That's why I always rewatched Mark's instructions on youtube for deadlifts and squats so that I don't damage my lower back.

    By the way, how long do you plan to be on the program?
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    Dec 09, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    oaksen said
    r3dsn0w said
    oaksen saidI'm doing Rippetoe's SS and I have to say that it messes up with your brain a lot. In resting days, all I'm thinking about is food,food, food every 2-3 hoursicon_eek.gif. Oh great, it's time to go eat again.icon_rolleyes.gif


    Haha I know. So. Much. Eating.

    How is it going of you otherwise? Making good gains in your lifts?


    I've just recently weighed myself earlier 160lbs now but I've been on it for 3.5 weeks though. I am actually happy with this gain but I hear it's dangerous to increase the weight increments if you don't use the proper form. That's why I always rewatched Mark's instructions on youtube for deadlifts and squats so that I don't damage my lower back.

    By the way, how long do you plan to be on the program?


    That's great man! Keep up the hard work. And definitely make sure you've got proper form, especially for exercises involving the lower back, like you mentioned.

    I'm going to stick to the program for the rest of the year and then do a quick crash diet for a few weeks before starting it again. I think I went a little too far in eating so I've got some extra fat to lose right now.

    Keep me posted on your progress!