I started Rippetoe’s Starting Strength about 3-4 weeks ago. So far I have done only the main exercises with one exception - instead of the military press I bench each workout. This is because the ceiling isn’t high enough to accommodate the military press.
My first question is if it would be better for me to do a seated military press on B days instead of the bench press?
Second question: My progress on my squats has far exceeded everything else. I started off at 120 3x5 and today I got up to 200 3x12 (I was inspired to up the reps after reading some Milk and Squats posts). So my question is what can I do to improve the other three - bench press, deadlift, and pendlay rows?
My bench press has gone up a total of 15 pounds to 105. I have always had a stronger lowerbody but this is really frusturating. Also, I can’t lift it smoothly. I’m always shaking and I guess the best way to desrcribe it is I can’t keep the bar balanced.
Today I got up to 160 on the deadlift but I hurt my back. I might not train on Wednesday, I’ll have to see how things go. This is a completely newbie question but is there a specific weight at which I should start using a belt to support my back?
I don’t know if it is my form or if I’m just weak but my neck hurts when I do/right after I do pendlay rows. I’m so focused on looking straight/up when doing them so that my back stays flat but then my neck gets all tense and stiff. Does it sound like I’m doing something wrong?