To be honest (and no offense to your help), I have never done starting strength and I never will. I will agree with you that, yes, it is a solid program backed up by countless success stories. However, I cannot see myself working out 3x a week doing 2 different workouts. I do believe that my numbers would be higher if I did give starting strength a try, but I am too stubborn. There are also posters on here that do not believe in the routine and feel that you could accomplish the same gains off of a split.
Also, my ass grows at an alarming rate and I couldn't imagine what squatting 3x a week would do to it.
I know the old adage "if it ain't broke don't fix it." However, I am looking at the big picture here and I could not see myself running this program for an extended period of time. Like the poster below you said "develop tunnel vision" and stick to a routine. I think that in the long run, I would eventually start to "overtrain" and spin my wheels and I feel that there is a program better suited for me (an average joe, not sponsored by a supplement company, who has a life outside of training/dieting/supplementation) As stated, this program works for LAYNE and is designed for him. He is not really someone I can compare myself to. So, last night I searched around for a routine I would believe in and consistently do for an extended amount of time and I believe I've found it. (I'll get to that later)
That does make sense, thank you. However, like I said above, I feel that in the long run, it is too much volume for me to handle.
Last night I spent a few hours lurking around these boards and found "T-Cell Alpha" and read a few of the the threads. One in particular really sparked my interest. The thread titled Bodypart Once Weekly by MODOK.
I read all 8 pages of that thread and thought, this is what I have been looking for. I feel that higher frequency and less volume would suit me better. I am going to "develop tunnel vision" and run this program through summer and see how my body responds to it. Also, this routine has far less volume per bodypart than Layne's. For example there are only 12 sets weekly for back and chest, as opposed to 23 for back and 19 for chest. Idk, there's something about this routine that I feel will work.
Also, thanks for all the replies, guys. I really appreciate it.
I guess my main thing to focus on now is eating everything in sight, lifting heavy, and STICKING TO THIS ROUTINE.