If you plan on:
- lifting for a year then moving on or
-.have a meet planned in your first year or in a sport where guys with 5 year’s training will blow you away
And have a coach (because you can go well over a month with bad form before problems arise)
then there are benefits to going with SS.
If not, then where you are after 6 months of training will have zero bearing on where you’ll be in 3 years (if consistency isn’t an issue) and you may as well go straight to a 5/3/1 or similar. You’ll avoid a bunch of the issues.
TBH, (and this isn’t a blanket rule) most folks fail with SS and many of the advocates didn’t actually use SS in their journey but feel it makes sense on paper so point beginners to it.
Most importantly, if SS doesn’t do it for you, chances are you’ll abandon it when things get hard anyway.[/quote]
These are all really good points. I used a SS-ish approach when I started out and it lasted about 6 weeks before I had to change a fair bit. Granted, I’d been training for four or so years prior and was already not weak (but not strong either), but your point stands.
For me, SS is a viable option BUT only if the individual reads the book AND is brutally honest with themselves about their technical ability and does everything they can to improve it. So, not too many fit that bill.
5/3/1 is an all around better program. In this case, I figured since OP had already bought into the idea of it pointing them towards the real/proper SS approach made sense.