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    Just wondering if anyone here has had any experience on the routine, I've got my first workout tomorrow and I'm quite looking forward to it, if anyone has made any progress on it please let me know, some motivation would be good!
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    I see from one of your other posts that your stats are:

    19 years old
    Male
    5'11”
    194lbs
    18.5% body fat

    Based on that info I think Starting Strength would be good for you. Possibly great. It is geared more towards people your age. I did it for about 6 months and while I did make some impressive strength gains (well, impressive to me anyway) I gained very little muscle. I did however gain A LOT of fat. But keep in mind I’m 40 years old and have always had a weight problem. It also messed up my shoulder a little. I liked the program for a while but after 4 or 5 months I got really bored. It doesn’t really change and I was sick of doing squats for every single workout. I was eating much more food than normal, and eating clean, and also drinking a lot of milk, which according to Mark Rippetoe is an absolute requirement.

    My experience may not sound like a ringing endorsement but I still recommend that anyone interested in lifting weights buy the book. Even if you don’t plan on doing the workout, the info in the book is well worth the $30. It has 64 pages alone on how to properly squat. I can’t actually fault the program for my lack of muscle building because the purpose of the book is to teach proper technique and build strength. It delivered on both fronts.
    “You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” - Ron Swanson

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    • #3
      Just by asking these questions, YNDTP!!!

      Now, SHUT UP AND SQUAT!!! oh yeah , eat too...
      "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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      • #4
        Based on that info I think Starting Strength would be good for you. Possibly great. It is geared more towards people your age. I did it for about 6 months and while I did make some impressive strength gains (well, impressive to me anyway) I gained very little muscle. I did however gain A LOT of fat. But keep in mind I’m 40 years old and have always had a weight problem. It also messed up my shoulder a little. I liked the program for a while but after 4 or 5 months I got really bored. It doesn’t really change and I was sick of doing squats for every single workout. I was eating much more food than normal, and eating clean, and also drinking a lot of milk, which according to Mark Rippetoe is an absolute requirement.

        My experience may not sound like a ringing endorsement but I still recommend that anyone interested in lifting weights buy the book. Even if you don’t plan on doing the workout, the info in the book is well worth the $30. It has 64 pages alone on how to properly squat. I can’t actually fault the program for my lack of muscle building because the purpose of the book is to teach proper technique and build strength. It delivered on both fronts.
        I agree with these comments 100% especially the last paragraph about the book being very useful for teaching proper form. I also found that, since I do a lot of other activities (including a lot of cycling) squatting every other day was just too much and I could not recover sufficiently between each workout. I have since moved onto a Leangains style RPT - I actually find these workouts more exhausting than SS but the recovery window is a lot longer.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JL22 View Post
          Just wondering if anyone here has had any experience on the routine, I've got my first workout tomorrow and I'm quite looking forward to it, if anyone has made any progress on it please let me know, some motivation would be good!
          I used SS for about 8 months and saw great strength gains. I did not bump my calories sufficiently to see its full potential, but for me it was a great strength builder. Some mass gains too, but modest in comparison to my strength gains.

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          • #6
            Very good program. I've got impossible genes and even though SS works a lot slower for me than for most it actuallly works. So amazing
            well then

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bestill View Post
              I used SS for about 8 months and saw great strength gains. I did not bump my calories sufficiently to see its full potential, but for me it was a great strength builder. Some mass gains too, but modest in comparison to my strength gains.
              I wish I were able to do it with a good calorific surplus, I'll admit. I'm currently trying to do it in either a deficit or maintenance to keep my strength up whilst I try to lose weight, but I'll see how it goes. I quite like the premise of workouts like SS and Stronglifts though, especially as you can adapt them to only doing them twice a week quite easily, as to fit in with the Primal Blueprint philosophy.
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              3. Get strong
              4. Enjoy life!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JL22 View Post
                I'm currently trying to do it in either a deficit or maintenance to keep my strength up whilst I try to lose weight, but I'll see how it goes.
                I tried that after a while and it didn't "work". Strength suffered and the lifts were much harder. If you plan to do SS on maintenance or deficit then as Coach Rip would say YNDTFP!!
                “You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” - Ron Swanson

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                • #9
                  Not SS, but SL5x5 (StrongLifts 5x5, a very similar program). I really enjoyed it, but thankfully my wife (and some random guy at the gym) were really good at spotting when my form was jacked up, especially with barbell rows. Something about those rows that just didn't work for me for some reason, and I never felt like I really "got" it.

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                  • #10
                    SS is in my opinion the best beginner program out there !
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                    Check lostartofhandbalancing.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mr. Koozie View Post
                      I tried that after a while and it didn't "work". Strength suffered and the lifts were much harder. If you plan to do SS on maintenance or deficit then as Coach Rip would say YNDTFP!!
                      Hmm that's probably true. So what do you think I should do, just drop the program all together? I wouldn't really mind stalling lots or anything, I just need some sort of 2 day a week program to keep my muscles used whilst I'm trying to drop a bit of fat.
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                      2. Get lean
                      3. Get strong
                      4. Enjoy life!

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                      • #12
                        SS is leaving me incredibly battered... My training will be hit and miss over the next couple of weeks with work and travel obligations. Hoping to use this time to let my old joints heal up a bit and then switching to something like the lean gains RPT where I do the big lifts once a week to see if that allows me to keep up the intensity without as much wear and tear.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JL22 View Post
                          Hmm that's probably true. So what do you think I should do, just drop the program all together? I wouldn't really mind stalling lots or anything, I just need some sort of 2 day a week program to keep my muscles used whilst I'm trying to drop a bit of fat.

                          Eat!
                          Build the strength and the muscle will follow. When you need to cut down you will be able to do so easily with a good muscle base.
                          Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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                          Don't forget to play!

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                          • #14
                            I'm currently doing Stronglifts 5x5, but I have the SS book and the DVD on order, so I plan to eventually transition to SS.

                            Stronglifts is great for beginning lifters because it is laid out very well, it's simple, and there is an iPhone app and an Excel spreadsheet that allows me to easily keep up with my workouts. I don't know when I'll transition to SS, but I eventually want to do so in order to get the cleans and pullups in place of the rows. But for now, Stronglifts seems to be working well, so I'm sticking with it for the time being. I initially bought Starting Strength just to get my form down (Mehdi's form videos are okay, but not great). But after reading up a bit, I like the concept, so I'm going to give it a whirl down the line a bit.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
                              Eat!
                              Build the strength and the muscle will follow. When you need to cut down you will be able to do so easily with a good muscle base.
                              I'd love to do it this way, but the way I see myself at the moment is really demotivating. I'd honestly happily do that if I were just able to lose about 10lbs first, from a purely psychological perspective. In my mind bulking up is more acceptable at 184lbs @ 12-13% body fat than at 194 @ 18%.
                              My Primal Journal

                              My Primal Goals

                              1. Be healthy
                              2. Get lean
                              3. Get strong
                              4. Enjoy life!

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