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Practical Programming vs. Starting Strength


#1

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.

http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/The_Starting_Strength_Novice/Beginner_Programs#Practical_Programming_Novice_Program:

Practical Programming Novice Program:

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

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

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

Thoughts?


#2

thats the same thing

And what the hell's wrong with cleans?


#3

Agreed.

"... 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."
http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/starting_strength


#4

I think it looks like a good beginners program.


#5

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


#6

Can you elaborate? Why?