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New to Lifting, Strength Pretty Sporadic


#1

I just recently started lifting the past month. Put together a small home gym I'm pretty happy with so far consisting of only a couple barbells, a squat rack, bench, and plates. There's not a lot of fancy programs I can do with this equipment but whatever. I've been doing Starting Strength, but some days I just don't have the strength of the previous workout so I feel like I'm regressing or not progressing at all.

I'm 6'0" about 207lbs. My lifts are Bench 335, Deadlift 525, Squat 425, OHP 205, and I don't know how to power clean very well and since I workout by myself in my garage, I've pretty much abandoned it so I don't hurt myself. I get plenty of rest and food, sometimes more. I drink about a gallon of milk a day, eat a tub of cottage cheese a day, and have a couple huge meals consisting mainly of meat. I've worked in hard labor jobs my whole life so I feel like recovery is adequate.

Why am I on some days able to hits at the sets and reps of a weight on some days and not on other days? I can post form videos if maybe that is the issue.


#2

Very impressive lifts for someone that just started lifting in the past month. Must have been some very hard labor jobs to get you that strong.

I suspect that your strength might just be a little north of benefitting from a blunt-force approach like Starting Strength; that doesn’t mean you need a fancy routine with fancy equipment, but you might benefit from training in a variety of rep ranges and cycling your weights/reps a little bit. You might consider Mark Rippetoe’s Texas Method or Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 programming, both of which can still be done without any frills but which…well, I feel like I’ll do a pretty poor job explaining so you can read up on them and decide for yourself.


#3

Alright cool, I’ll look into them. Yeah I grew up on ranch and put up god only knows how much limestone fence and I started working at a steel and lumber mill when I was 16. It’ll make a man out of you pretty quick. My dad is about 6’2" and 250 and the strongest man I’ve ever seen and he’s never touched a weight in his life. Even at 52 he still does things I wouldn’t believe if I hadn’t seen it myself.