This thread has done nothing but confuse a whole load of people who were considering doing Starting Strength.
Too many people just Google "Rippetoe" or "Starting Strength", pull out the basic template, start doing it, and think they're following the program. Then you get a bunch of unfounded half-assed arguments like SS is about getting fat, or that everyone should do GOMAD, or that you can do it forever, or what a low-bar squat even is, i.e. symptoms of profound ignorance and lack of research on the routine and what it entails, and why.
Gorbag is on a crusade to interject nit-picked strawman arguments into every thread that has the words Rippetoe, barbell, or Starting Strength. I still don't know what his point is. I don't think he knows either.
Last edited by Gorbag; 04-30-2013 at 02:53 PM.
The problem is most people don't know when to stop. If the goal is to continue to increase the weight, when do the weight increases end? For most people the answer is -- when they get injured.
Same with chronic-cardio, people don't know when to stop.
Countless people have followed Starting Strength and ended up much stronger without DISASTER. Injuries do happen, just like in every sport. If you want 100% guarantee of painless injury free existence, stay in bed.
Your point is just another strawman.
When to stop barbell training? When you reach your goals.
How do you know what the "warning signs" are? Common sense.
Is your form good? Follow the program. Is your form bad? Fix it (you've read the book, right?), and use less weight to ingrain proper form if you have to. Something hurting? Figure out why and use your brain on how to proceed.