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Re: Starting Strength
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2010, 04:54:37 pm »
I performed the squat portion of Starting Strength. That is 3x/week, 3x5, increasing weights each time. I went from completely detrained strength training state, from coming off my season, to matching my PR within about 6 weeks. Honestly, it was great at the time. Unfortunately, at the end of that 6 week run I had to get surgery, so I can not ever be completely conclusive of it's GPP effects for the next cycle I planned on starting; however, I was a squatting machine and didn't really have much issues at the time.

It is VERY important to keep up with your rest, kcal intake, and flexibility/mobility. Squatting this frequently, even with dead perfect form, is very hard on your joints and soft tissues. Once you start to get near your maxes (if they are of any decent weight) it will take its toll on you very quickly.


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Re: Starting Strength
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2011, 07:20:26 am »
One of, if not the best basic strength programs out there. If you are a novice trainee squatting under 1.5 x bw this is the business to get your basic potential up. Plus Rip is a straight funny mofo.

Question - "Got any good ab exercises"
Rip - "Got any better questions"

After 1.5bw best to move to a more vert focused program I think.. if thats your goal.

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Re: Starting Strength
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2011, 11:53:47 am »
I'm with Mick on this. Starting strength is a really good program most of the people that do not have a good strength base. It's squat-centric, and gets your numbers up if you eat well and rest well. The linear progression on a per-workout basis works very well for beginners.

In addition to the squatting, the power clean portion of the program will provide additional help with the vertical jump.

Once you start stalling regularly and you rule out rest and food intake as the problem, it's time to move on though.

edit: doh! just noticed you made this thread in 2009. Doesn't change anything about the program though.
"There is never an absolute answer to everything, except of course that you have to do your squats." - Mark Rippetoe :ibsquatting:

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Re: Starting Strength
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2011, 03:24:42 pm »
It's a good program for anyone, not just beginners, who don't really do any athletic activities. For beginners it's ok if they do athletic activities as well because the weights they use aren't going to tax them too much.
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