That said, there are a lot of people that are Not Doing The Program that think they are. Put yourself into Rip's shoes and imagine running your own forum, where daily you get a ton of questions from people clearly not doing your program, saying they are doing your program, and asking why your program is not working. How long would you maintain your politeness? I mean look at Gorbag in this thread, he's made a ton of arguments against Starting Strength, none of which are actually applicable to the program because he's twisted it into something it is not.
I just didn't like the nagging feeling that I was doing something wrong with how I ended up doing things. So I decided to just not worry so much about it, and part of that was disengaging from the forum over there so I wouldn't trigger any self-doubt.
I kind of like the things I've read by Wendler. Saying stuff like well if you could lift XXlbs X times and now you can lift XXlbs XX times, you are stronger. I could lift 75lbs 5 sets of 3 reps (I ended up having to drop to 3 reps at a time to keep the progress going) using SS methods of prioritizing more weight over more reps. But that's where I stopped. So far just working on lower weights and more reps, not even doing Wendler's program yet, I was able to do 70 x 10 just the other day. I'm getting stronger but not by following the SS method.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 160 x 2
I suppose I did miss the sarcasm. I'm usually quite adept at that though, so it pains me :P
sbhikes that's great that you can take it further. I think it's quite individual when you have to move onwards.
For me, I was a bit confused as my weights when I kept stalling where well below what is "expected" of a young man like me.
I've heard it said many times that I should be able to continue until 2x deadlift and 1.5x squat, but I wasn't near that when I quit SS. I started Wendler in December, and have just recently hit 1.5x squat and 1.8x deadlift. It takes longer, but the progress actually happens
My body hardly responds to training, but SS is the only thing that does work a little. I have tried to jump off the wagon onto another one but I couldn't help to fall back on the SS wagon
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Some wisdom from the Hodgetwins that pretty much sum up my position on this issue:
The Hodge twins like Starting Strength. Here's a more recent video from them.
In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
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