Thoughts on SS (Starting Strength)

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    Nov 23, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
    Just curious on people's thoughts for SS! I started not too long ago and have noticed some pretty noticeable gains in my chest and legs but often wonder if I could be doing anything more effective. The routine usually goes like this so let me know what you think. I'm mainly just wanting to train strength and SS seems like the best option after doing some research. What do you more experienced weightlifters think?

    Workout A (sets x reps):
    Squat 3x5
    Bench Press 3x5
    Deadlift 1x5

    Workout B (sets x reps):
    Squat 3x5
    Standing Barbell Overhead Press 3x5
    Powerclean 5x3

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    Week 1:
    Monday: Workout A
    Tuesday: Off
    Wednesday: Workout B
    Thursday: Off
    Friday: Workout A
    Saturday: Off
    Sunday: Off

    Week 2:
    Monday: Workout B
    Tuesday: Off
    Wednesday: Workout A
    Thursday: Off
    Friday: Workout B
    Saturday: Off
    Sunday: Off

    Progress pics I took today just for the heck of it

    1: http://i.imgur.com/hL8gJ.jpg

    2: http://i.imgur.com/GCjSB.jpg
  • jokuroa

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    Nov 23, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    dang sbop & powercleans are pretty hardcore.

    just make sure you got form. cuz olympic lifting's pretty rough till you get muscle memory. i'd think military press would be just as effective. but if you're seeing gains, you're doing something right. icon_smile.gif

    if you're lookin for strength, xfit's a pretty good program for it.

    glhf
  • MikeW

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    Nov 24, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    I'm relatively new to all this JMJ but this looks like a good program for you *provided* you are lifting heavy with near perfect form AND you are eating enough.

    You're at the perfect age to be hitting the weights. Your testosterone and 'adolescent growth potential' (that's just what it is called) are at or near their peak. You could see some serious gains in the next few years if you work at it 'religously'.

    Some pieces of advice if you're not doing them already: 1) keep accurate records of what you are doing (sets, reps, weight); 2) keep track of what and how much you are eating (feed your muscles good stuff; they can't grow without it); 3) make sure you are getting adequate RECOVERY time between workouts. This last is the one most 'skinny guys' miss.

    Do you go to a gym or have access to a power rack (aka 'squat rack')? If so, I can give you some simple ways to more or less objectively measure your strength NOW. This is important to know as a bench mark. Once you know this number, you can check it again in a month or two or three and see for yourself whether there has been improvement. All in all, this number should be increasing over time. If it isn't for any long period of time (3 to 6 months) you need to re-evaluate what you are doing (routine, diet and rest).

    Good luck! icon_smile.gif

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    Nov 24, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone! Much appreciated Mike as those are some solid tips. I think people fail to understand that muscle grows through the recovery process, not necessarily lifting the weights!

    Unfortunately I'm not at a gym at the moment. I think I can make pretty good gains with just the barbell for now and see what I can do later on! I just have to trade out squats sometimes because I have no spotter at the moment
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    Nov 25, 2012 3:02 AM GMT
    Actually, crossfit is NOT good for strength training. It's great for building endurance and muscle hypertrophy. Don't be fooled by those bumper plates. They're all the same size, but come in different weights from 15lbs to 45lbs.
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    Nov 25, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    xrichx saidActually, crossfit is NOT good for strength training. It's great for building endurance and muscle hypertrophy. Don't be fooled by those bumper plates. They're all the same size, but come in different weights from 15lbs to 45lbs.


    That's what I was thinking. I'm sure xfit would be beneficial but no for the goals I'm aiming to reach. Thanks, Rich!
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    Nov 25, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    I responded to this thread a couple minutes ago, but fucked up the quote so bad that my response sounded stupider than Santa's reindeer being intercepted by military fighter jets with pink glittery frilly stuff dangling from their wingtips. And a basket on the nose cone.

    But I deleted that because it was really fucking stupid, and posted this instead.
  • MikeW

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    Nov 25, 2012 6:34 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI responded to this thread a couple minutes ago, but fucked up the quote so bad that my response sounded stupider than Santa's reindeer being intercepted by military fighter jets with pink glittery frilly stuff dangling from their wingtips. And a basket on the nose cone.

    But I deleted that because it was really fucking stupid, and posted this instead.

    Yeah. This is much better than that other one.

    I guess.

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    Nov 25, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    MikeW said
    paulflexes saidI responded to this thread a couple minutes ago, but fucked up the quote so bad that my response sounded stupider than Santa's reindeer being intercepted by military fighter jets with pink glittery frilly stuff dangling from their wingtips. And a basket on the nose cone.

    But I deleted that because it was really fucking stupid, and posted this instead.

    Yeah. This is much better than that other one.

    I guess.

    icon_eek.gif


    I'm sure it involved something about groping muscles. Oh, Paul... icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif