[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
I don’t exactly remember when I switched to SS, but I know that it was between 5-6 months ago when I did.[/quote]
You’ve said you switched around the end of May, so yep, about 6 months. That’s a lot of time to have seen some major strength and bodyweight gains on Starting Strength, unless you screwed it up.
Which, again, begs the question that was already asked: Why and how are you doing barbell curls within the Starting Strength program?
They just do. It’s not magic. They progress just like any other exercise, an extra rep or two and/or a few more pounds each session, week after week, month after month, year after year. A just-over-half-bodyweight barbell curl for reps is not some giant milestone.
Like Dagill said, it’s not “bad” it’s just unnecessary and inefficient. A set of 10 isn’t/shouldn’t be so physically demanding that you need 90 solid seconds of rest before doing another set.
If the priority is to stimulate biceps growth, not size (which it is because you’re using sets of 10), then either shave down the rest to well-under a minute (30 second or less would even be doable) or jump right to another exercise as a superset. And, for the sake of repeating myself, why/how/when are you programming 2-3x10 curls into Starting Strength?[/quote]
Well, I am 5’9" bodyweight is now 150 lbs. and currently these are my 5RM for each of the main exercises:
Bench press: 182.5 lbs.
Low-bar parallel squats: over a month and half ago it was 262.5 lbs. I stopped doing this squat variation because even though I was continuing to make significant strength gains on this exercise, the accruing weight on the barbell got so heavy to the point of eventually causing compressing on the back of my shoulders, thereby causing a lot of pain radiating from my shoulders to my elbows. Therefore, I switch a month ago to the high-bar ATG squats version -with a towel wrapped around the barbell for some cushioning on the back of my shoulders.
High-bar ATG squats: 232.5 lbs.
Shoulder press: 115 lbs.
Barbell rows: 145 lbs.
Power cleans: 125 lbs.
Conventional deadlift: 345 lbs.
Also, these are my current best BW pull-up/chin-up record:
Pull-ups: 1st set–> 10
2nd set --> 9
3rd set --> 8 reps
Chin-up: 1st set–> 11 reps
2nd set --> 10 reps
3rd set --> 9 reps
To answer your question as to why I have been doing curls, is because I thought that it would okay to add them if I wanted to. Rippetoe, didn’t say in the SS book that beginners shouldn’t do them. In the section of the book where he specifically talks about curls, he starts off by saying “since you’re going to do them anyway we might as well discuss the right way to do them.”
Furthermore, I didn’t know that when doing any isolation exercise to primarily stimulate muscular hypertrophic int he biceps, regardless of what level you are as a weight trainee, that you generally do not need to rest for more than about 45 sec. in between each set. I thought before that the rest period for maximum muscular hypertrophy ranged from 30 sec. to 2 min. and that for a novice like myself, regardless of what weightlifting exercise I do as long as each of my recovery period are within that time range then I will stimulate optimal muscular hypertrophy in the specific working muscle or muscles (provided of course that do I at least 8 reps on any exercise).