A few things. First,
Got it. I feel like getting those beginner gains through linear progress would be more efficient than periodization - at least faster. But I do understand that this is not necessarily adaptation by muscle and a strength increase.
Yes, but a little artificially inflated. I had been squatting more, but on a Smith machine. When I switched over to actual barbell training, I recalculated my maxes and started low, so my starting weight was actually less than what I was capable of for a 5 RM. However, I also got up to 265 before getting some coaching that reset my weight to 235, so, solid progress for sure.
True dat! However, I've only been on SS for eight weeks and am still progressing, albeit a bit slower. Since I am still progressing, and have a tendency to program hop, I want to give this a few more weeks before changing, again.
So, in honor of @dt79
time for something completely different. I'm going to abandon the hypertrophy goals for now and focus on strength. I feel that in the long run the increased strength will be more beneficial and will help with adding LBM in the future, and at 6'1" or so, and now 190 @ approximately 15% body fat, I would certainly benefit from LBM.