Hello, first post
So I’ve ran starting strength before and my highest ever squat was 150kg for a set of 5. This was quite a while back and I’ve recently gotten back into training and decided to run 531 beginners. I have read wendlers second addition and have Forever on order and I’ve been waiting 2 weeks so far. Anyway…
I have a question regarding assistance work. I completed the first workout on Monday and will be shortly be doing Wednesdays, but the assistance work on Monday really took me by surprise. The squat and bench workouts did not seem to be an issue, as the weight was light and I managed over 11 reps on each of the plus sets. Pretty simple stuff as expected for a first session. But the hardest part of the workout by far was the assistance work. 50 - 100 reps for each catagory, really? This doesn’t make sense to me. I was dead on my feet after doing 50 curls and 50 pressups, considering this was after performing 11 sets each for both the squat and the bench if you include warm up.
Is the assistance in this program really needed? I cant see me stalling anytime soon given my training history and former PRs. The first workout took me nearly 2 hours and the assistance work took probably 40 minutes on its own. I should mention i worked out all my 1rms prior to starting do I’m definitely dealing with the correct weights.
Should I just do less reps? Or is it the case I’m not used to this kind of programming yet? I’m also feeling sore as hell today.