I’m respectfully disagreeing with both Jereth and palindrome. Frankly I don’t like Starting Strength a whole lot. It’s useful for some newbs, but for the most part I think a more volume oriented program is better.
I used to think it was more useful, but I’ve been changing my mind recently…This is becoming more and more clear to me because of the increased amount of people worrying about overtraining when there’s no possible way that can happen. IMO a lower volume program feeds into that mentality.
RE: your concerns–don’t pay attention to the people who are telling you it’s too many reps, unless you’re doing 8 exercises every training session (not including abs).
Correlating to my first point in the first paragraph, I often wonder how the people that tell others not to do so many reps every workout could conceivably get through HSS-100, one of the best mass building workouts there is.
They must wilt just looking at the volume. I don’t buy it unless the exercise selection is excessive and/or you’re doing all your work at 6 or less reps.
The lack of weight is a minor concern but easily fixable–you move up in weight for an exercise when you’re able to do all the reps in each set for it.
The squats/deadlifts is the biggest concern, but really if you’ve got lunges in there for legs along with some other stuff you’ll be ok until you can see him in a few weeks. Ask him to teach you proper technique for the lifts and put them in the program.
If he doesn’t want to, THEN we’ve got a big problem. They are the two best mass and strength builders, but there are also good substitutes for squats when you’re getting into learning how to lift.[/quote]
This is the internet, you can’t disagree respectfully.