Hi everyone, this is my first post to this forum which I just joined today. I am 20 years old and I am about to start lifting weights as of next week. My main goal is building as much muscle as I can within a year from now. A friend of mine who has been lifting weights for about 6 months, recommended to me that I should do the program that he has been on, which is Starting Strength. He said that he has not only made significant gains in strength but also significant gains in muscle mass from doing the program.
So, I got the Starting Strength book last week and yesterday I finished reading through pretty much all of it. The author Rippetoe says that if you completely and consistently follow this program then, you should be able to gain about 25 lbs. to 30 lbs. of Lean Body Mass after 3 to 4 months. However, this program primarily has you doing all of the main compound lifts with 5 reps per set. Those reps are relatively low and usually you hear people such as experienced bodybuilders say that 8 to about 20 reps are best for developing muscle mass. I am confused, I do not want to start this program only to realize after a month or two that I got much stronger but also not as big as I could have become. If my primary goal is to build muscle then should I do Starting Strength?