Starting Strength is one particular training method, designed by one coach who advocates it for a certain sect of lifters looking for a particular result. Just like Arthur Jones and HIT, Thibaudeau and the current Indigo training, or Louie Simmons and the Westside method.
Rip himself has said:
"When we specifically speak of the Starting Strength program, we’re talking about its application to novice athletes. This is extremely important to understand …
The point of the whole thing is that your training program must reflect your level of training advancement. You wouldn’t put a person who’s been a competitive lifter for 10 years on this simple, novice program because they won’t benefit from it.
By the same token, you don’t start an inexperienced 18 year old kid on a Louie Simmons program. That’s not what it’s for."
“You can take the average guy who for 10 years has fucked around in front of the dumbbell rack and walked on the treadmill watching TV. You can take that guy and get him to adapt and grow,” says Rip.
“First thing you do is get him to squat. And two days later, you can get him squatting again, but five or ten pounds heavier. Whether he’s 25 or 35 or 55, if that adaptation hasn’t occurred, it still can occur…”
That is where he’s coming from with regard to the appropriate use of this program.
yeah I am pretty weak and skinny ( bp 160pounds, squat 200, dl 260 ) and Starting Strength would probably work for me. But I do not see the sense to train only 3 times a week when I have time to train even 5-6 days a week ?[/quote]
Because you can doesn’t necessarily mean you should. If you want to, you can, but do it smart.
Since you’re asking about Starting Strength, Rip talks about recovery and training frequency in these articles:
Hate to break it to you, bud, but at your height, weight, and strength level, I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re somewhere around 20%.
It might help, but it depends primarily on your diet. You’ll find plenty of people training four or five days a week who are still getting fat or at least not seeing real progress.
Then do that for 12 or 16 weeks and chart your progress. Simple as that.