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    I gave in.and started doing stronglifts 5x5. Im making good progress and im 6 weels in. My goals are strength and muscle.
    The question i have is, alot of people have a problem with stronglifts volume, and because of that, i should switch to starting strength. But SS is a but different to SL and their forum borders on cultish sometimes...
    So I was thinking on switching SL 5X5 to 3x5 and continuing from there.
    Or should i just continue as is?
    Im a 19 yo male

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockstock View Post
    Howdey..


    I gave in.and started doing stronglifts 5x5. Im making good progress and im 6 weels in. My goals are strength and muscle.
    The question i have is, alot of people have a problem with stronglifts volume, and because of that, i should switch to starting strength. But SS is a but different to SL and their forum borders on cultish sometimes...
    So I was thinking on switching SL 5X5 to 3x5 and continuing from there.
    Or should i just continue as is?
    Im a 19 yo male
    You don't want to do the Starting Strength program because of the forums?

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    Its not that, I worded that wrong.
    But, its hard to get a reliable, no BS opinion on the difference between the two because the SS members are incredibly one sided riptoe worshippers. Plus I dont know how to do power cleans, i like pendlay rows and im literally THAT POOR that i cant afford the SS books.
    Look, im happy with SL but im starting to doubt it due to all the hate it gets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockstock View Post
    Its not that, I worded that wrong.
    But, its hard to get a reliable, no BS opinion on the difference between the two because the SS members are incredibly one sided riptoe worshippers. Plus I dont know how to do power cleans, i like pendlay rows and im literally THAT POOR that i cant afford the SS books.
    Look, im happy with SL but im starting to doubt it due to all the hate it gets.
    The book is $10 on Kindle. You can find the format of the workouts presetned accurately on blackironbeast.com

    Barbell rows are a great exercise, but make a poor substitute for power cleans. No substitute at all, really. But if you don't want to do them, don't.

    What would your current routine look like if you switched from 5x5 to 3x5? Maybe we can make suggestions for other useful modifications in addition to dropping the last 2 sets.

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    I would just progress with SL and switch to 3x5 or 3x3 once you stall... 3? times, I forget when Mehdi suggests switching.

    FWIW I think both forums can be a bit cultish, but I've never really bothered with either.

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    My current routine is exactly as SL prescribes.

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    squat 5x5
    bench 5x5
    row 5x5

    B
    " "
    press 5x5
    dead 1x5

    Ontop, occasional isolation exercises.
    The reason for the switch to 3x5 is to simply hold of stalling for aslong as possible. Plus it leaves me more time in the gym for assistance stuff IF NEED BE.

    other then that, my diet is good as is sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomingno View Post
    I would just progress with SL and switch to 3x5 or 3x3 once you stall... 3? times, I forget when Mehdi suggests switching.

    FWIW I think both forums can be a bit cultish, but I've never really bothered with either.
    Me neither, I prefer MDA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockstock View Post
    My current routine is exactly as SL prescribes.

    A
    squat 5x5
    bench 5x5
    row 5x5

    B
    " "
    press 5x5
    dead 1x5

    Ontop, occasional isolation exercises.
    The reason for the switch to 3x5 is to simply hold of stalling for aslong as possible. Plus it leaves me more time in the gym for assistance stuff IF NEED BE.

    other then that, my diet is good as is sleep.
    I like the idea of switching to 3 x 5 if you still have novice (linear) gains available. What are your current lifts and bodyweight?

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    Just switch to 3x5. Keep doing rows if you like them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    I like the idea of switching to 3 x 5 if you still have novice (linear) gains available. What are your current lifts and bodyweight?
    Bodyweight - 78 kg.

    Current lifts in KG
    Squat - 52.5
    dead - 70
    row - 47.5
    bench 37.5
    press - 35

    keep in mind these arent 1 rep maxes. Just the latest weights ive moved on the program.
    I think i will switch to 3x5

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