Thors, that is kinda what I was going to get to after asking the questions I asked. Nik, you are a beginning lifter, based on your numbers. Mark Rippetoe wrote that program for beginning lifters to make them stronger. Now, not everyone buys into everything he says, but the fact remains that he has made a lot of beginning lifters much stronger on the program as he designed it. Now, as a beginning lifter, do you really think you are capable of writing a better program than someone proven like him? Some might be able to, but odds are that you can’t.
If you still have enough gas in the tank to do these extra lifts after completing the program as written, then you may want to consider increasing your output on the lifts as he has them laid out (do more weight). It looks like you are already a little off the program because you stated that you had not benched or squatted in a while. Well, that is not the way to go about it. You must stick with it, not fuck with it at all, and keep progressing with each workout. Oh yeah, and eat like a fool. Drink a gallon of milk a day. Understand that this program is not there to turn you into Jay Cutler, but to significantly increase your strength on the big lifts. Once you have achieved that, you can feel free to move on to a slightly more advanced routine for either powerlifting or bodybuilding, depending on your personal goals. But for now, leave the program alone, bust your ass doing it like it is already set up, and enjoy the benefits.
Thanks for the advice, sorry if I came off that I am trying to improve the program, as I have done a lot of reading in the past 2 months and have found that it has worked great for everyone. However in everything I do I try to push myself to the limit and if I feel like I have something left in the tank, I think that one or two more exercise won’t be too bad. As for my goals, I am looking to add about 10-15 pounds of lean muscle as it really isn’t necessary for my sport and especially my position to be caring a lot of bulk, some guys can do it and I can’t. I do keep a log of my diet and my workouts, I will for sure be upping the volume next time and I will see how my body responds, I always try to listen to what my body tells me and gauge how it reacts. Thanks again for the thought out responses!