I’m fairly small and people have told me that rippetoes is more for strength and doesn’t really pack on mass. Is this true?[/quote]
Very not true.
[i]T-Nation: So it’s a good plan for size, too? I guess calling the book “Starting Size and Strength” would’ve been too long.
Rippetoe: Oh, yeah. The primary effect of our program is muscular bodyweight gain. That’s where our famous gallon of milk a day program comes in. A gallon of whole milk, each day, is our standard recommendation for people who need to gain weight.
And nothing works better than a linear progression on simple barbell exercises, that has you go up in weight every workout, while you’re gaining weight because you’re drinking a gallon of milk a day. I have seen people put on 50 pounds of muscular bodyweight. We do it all the time, and it works beautifully.
I’ll go on record as saying that steroids don’t work as well as this. This program works better for novices than steroids. Absolutely yes.[/i]
Go for it, and start a training log in the Training Log forum. Plenty of guys have used Starting Strength to get bigger and stronger, so you’ll get plenty of feedback as you go.
There’s nothing at all wrong with WSFSB, but Starting Strength is a much better choice for beginners.