When I first got here, I was advised to pick up starting strength by rippetoe, which I did.I've been on starting strength for 8 weeks now, and I definitely have improved. The problem is, I don't think the improvements I am seeing are necessarily the ones I am going for.
I have been very impressed with starting strength in these few weeks I have been using it. It really does work. The problem is, the more I go along with it and the more I learn, the more I think its not what I should be doing. If I was aspiring to be a competition weightlifter, or even if how much weight I lifted was important to me, I could see it being a more ideal program. Neither of these applies to me though. I just want to add full body mass at a reasonable rate. I don't really care how much weight I lift, as long as I look decent and gain some mass.
I have increased the weight I work out with significantly in cleans, squats, and dead lifts. I have not hardly improved in military press, bench press, dips, or chin ups though. I have gained weight, but I have serious problems keeping up with the diet. I fall way short, and I am pushing my financial and time limits as it is. I work about 30 hours a week and am in my last semester of college for my undergrad accounting degree.
I just went back and reread the newb guides stickied in this forum, and think I would benefit more from creating a program using that guide than continuing starting strength. I plan on including pretty much all the workouts that SS has in them, I just think I would benefit from more isolated exercises to target my goofy messed up muscle groups. Am I wrong? Feel free to tell me I am an idiot.
Thanks for all the continued advice and information.