I've been doing the workouts since the end of July (about 16 weeks now) and I was wondering how long it typically goes for. (I've gained about 20lbs since the start. I can't help but think that at some point it would be nice to work on fat loss... )
My squat is now close to 1.2x BW.
Everybody's different. I did SS for about 4 months but probably could've done it a few more weeks. If you can still put weight on the bar from workout to workout, I'd say keep at it.
You gotta decide what your most important goals are, though.
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I'm not sure... I'm 6' 1", almost 230 now. (Though 5lbs of that could be retained water/food). I was about 210 to 215 at the beginning. I don't think my waist has gone up too too much. It was even decreasing for a little while. I've been careful about not eating like crazy, and logging everything. Over the course of running SS I've increased my caloric intake from around 2000 prior to about 4000 now. I definitely do think I look better than at the start, but I still have that spare belly fat/ handles or whatever you want to call it hanging around.
Once you get to a point where you can't get anything more out of the program. That depends on your starting level, your recovery, and your consistency. SS and SL are both programs built on the "novice effect", where untrained and undertrained individuals make great progress in a short amount of time.
I'm doing StrongLifts, and I plan to continue that until my body can't make consistent progress with a linear progression. I'm guessing it'll be somewhere around 250-lb squat that I drop to 3x5 instead of 5x5, and maybe about 300 when I drop to 3x3. After that I might go to 5/3/1 or some other intermediate program.
Check out this link: Squat Standards for some idea of where you are at and where you should get to before jumping to an intermediate program.
Edit: I'm already skinny, and started lifting to add mass.
Last edited by jfreaksho; 11-19-2013 at 02:36 PM.
I would admit there's some mental stress from the program, and that is playing a role. Sometimes I don't feel like eating that much. The weights are getting heavy, too. On Sunday I squatted 270 3x5 and felt kind of nauseous afterwards. Today I did 275 3x5 and it wasn't as bad, though still rough as heck. I had to take a long nap afterwards. Felt pretty wiped.
I would definitely like to lean out at some point. Nothing extreme but under 15% BF would be nice. That was my original goal but the logic of the program took over so I've stuck with it. Regardless of what I said above, It's one of the best things I've ever done, and has really improved my quality of life. It's just the past week or so I've been noticing fatigue.
I was laughing at myself in between sets today. Part of the reason the program appealed to me was the low volume. It didn't sound too hard. Hahaha. The intensity gets to you, though.
Yeah, it's not hard until it gets hard. You'll never again in your life make 10 or 15 pound/week jumps. I say ride it out unless you're so uncomfortable with your body that the stress isn't worth it. But I value strength over abs, being more over being less, and gnarly unbridled masculinity over skinny jeans-wearing androgyzoids.
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Isn't 5lbs a workout kind of arbitary? I'm pretty excited if I can add 2.5lbs a week. I like to sneak up on the weight.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.