mr popular wrote:
Better to just avoid minimalistic programs like this at all in my opinion.
I agree actually. But there’s a time and place for them, and if someone is seeing gains, then until those stall they might as well apply themselves to finishing what they start.
Too many people forget that this is a beginner’s program. I think it is great for people that are completely new to lifting, as in those that have never even touched a weight. I also think it is best supplemented with a GPP program consisting of sprints, mobility, and calisthenics.
I would say that your ideal candidate for the program is a 14-16 year old, athletes and non-athletes. High school athletes will find that it works very nicely alongside their respective sports.
Volume is low enough to not hinder performance, but high enough that they will see plenty of strength gains. SS is, after all, modeled after Starr’s 5x5, which has been used in high school weight rooms with success for decades.
The non-athlete will find that this program is great for gaining the coordination, quickness, and tenacity necessary to make gains in size, strength, or athletecism in the future.
Like others have stated, it is not meant to be done for long term, and as soon as gains slow down the lifter should be encouraged to move on to something more complex.
I agree brother, and even when advance I think people think things need to be MUCH more damn complicated then then have to be or even should be. People think they need to flip the whole program on its head when in reality a small very small change is enough. That may be a change in load, resp, foot placement, grip.
I think everyone should be doing the BIG basic moves squat, deadlift, Presses overhead and bench, chins, and powerclean. The beauty about great exercises is there are 100’s of weays do to them like a squat, front squat, split squat, back squat, low bar high bar, OH squat, on and on and on.
To many people try and complicate things and change to much and never stick to basic just hard “dont be a pussy” work long enough to see progress. they just adapt neurally to a move and then Oh I got to change, its been four weeks, i got to keep my body guessing. Most of the time these people yoyo from program to program making VERY minimal progress over years.
Stick to something long term then when things slow make small changes for your goals and weaknesses. Especially as a beginner, dont complicate thing tell you have to youll make better progress for it.
When your whole body is the weak spot dont try and pick the minutia put in a few years strengthening the whole dang thing. Build a vocabulary with your body until then dont try and change things that are proven to work.