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5x5 for Beginners


For a teen starting out who already plays soccer, would a basic double progression on the main lifts be sufficient. I feel that boredom would ensue without variety.


For a teen with an athletic base, it wouldn’t be terrible to do some sort of abbreviated training (Starting Strength, Pavel’s 3-5,something like that) for 2-3 months to get the basics down before moving onto a program with a logical/sustainable progression model and some assistance work. Jim Wendler laid out something great on his blog called “2016 – Help a Friend Get Stronger” which laid out a 12 month plan that would be great to follow in this situation.


My advice in this thread still applies. So does this. And, really, this.


You’re asking two very different questions there: would it work (yes, I will ask your goal later), and will it entertain me?

Which question do you want answering?