Well hi everyone. I've been lurking for a while on the site and thought it was about time to sign myself up.
So first a little about me-
BF- who gives a?
Been doing SS for a while now and managed-
Squat 82.5kg 3x5
Bench 70kg 3x5
Deadlift 115kg 1x5
I only train twice a week due to MA training, 3-4x week for 2-3 hours at a time. And also working nights, so I just don't have the time/recovery to train 3x week.
I'll say now that my goals are to improve athletic performance and general strength. I don't care about bic3ptz p33kz or having the hugest 3-lift total.
So anyway, to the questions!
My question is, would this variation of SS work for 2xweek training?
front squat 1x5
+ assistance work (chins/pull ups, ab work)
front squat 3x5
+ assistance work (dips or push-ups, ab work)
Now before everyone tells me to just stick with the program as rip wrote it, here's my justification for making these changes. I'm open to people telling me that I'm wrong about this, but not just "you're wrong", an explanation and reasoning would be nice!
Rip feels that the (low bar back) squat is the most important lift for general strength. I don't disagree, but I feel that the deadlift is the most important lift for a fighters/martial artists strength. So that's why the program is based on deadlifting.
Because the program is based more on deadlifting, I feel that I can include front squats in place of low bar back squats. The reasoning is that the DL will provide quite enough PC work and back squats would be over-kill.
I also prefer to have front squats in my routine as apposed to back squats for several reasons.
Firstly I believe that front squats are more beneficial to athletic performance (as apposed to brute strength in the back squat)
Also I am quite a tall guy with very long limbs and I'm not very well suited to the back squat. I feel much more comfortable doing front squats for that reason.
So I'm just after peoples thoughts on the program, and any reasons why it may cause muscle imbalance or problems.
I feel that everything essential is covered-
Front squats+DL= Legs
chins/pull ups= lats
and even the non essentials-
and my calves are just fine, thanks for asking.
Thanks for taking the time to read my rather long post and for any suggestions/ideas you have!