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Practical Programming vs. Starting Strength


It seems like everyone talks about the Starting Strength routine, but no one mentions the Practical Programming routine. I like the latter, with its lack of Cleans and inclusion of Chins/Pullups. Though when I followed it I still had trouble with the whole reseting thing.


Practical Programming Novice Program:

3x5 Squat
3x5 Bench press / Press (Alternating)
Chin-ups: 3 sets to failure or add weight if completing more than 15 reps

3x5 Squat
3x5 Press / Bench Press (Alternating)
1x5 Deadlift

3x5 Squat
3x5 Bench Press / Press (Alternating)
Pull-ups: 3 sets to failure or add weight if completing more than 15 reps



thats the same thing

And what the hell's wrong with cleans?



"... everybody's afraid to learn the clean. I don't really understand it, except that, in people's minds, rows are easier to learn. They look slow, they don't look as complicated.

I think I did a decent job of explaining the clean in the book, and I think it's a much better exercise than the barbell row. Because it can't be done slowly. That's why we use it. It's an explosive lift."


I think it looks like a good beginners program.


Like every program it would depend on the experience of the trainee and his/her goals.


Can you elaborate? Why?