I’ve been lurking these forums for about oh…6 years now? And in that time I’ve read all sorts of garbage from trolls but also have taken in a wealth of amazing information from the guys that truly know what they’re talking. Over the years I’ve also read a ton of stuff from Thibs, Waterbury, Poliquin, Shugart and a bunch of other amazing contributors. I’ve also done a lot of Waterbury and Thibaudeau workouts as well (most recently WM, AWM, TBT and 6 Weeks to Superhero).
I understand the importance of big compound lifts. I am aware of the importance of diet. I understand the importance of periodization for intermediates and higher and the need for progress load and/or increased volume. And I’ve learned that one must never do bicep curls in the goddamn squat rack. lol (amongst many other basic tenets).
But only recently (because apparently I am stupid) have I come to realize that, “fucking A, despite being ‘intermediate’ in terms of knowledge and time in the iron game, I’m actually still a ‘beginner’ in terms of my actual level as a weightlifter.” In other words, I might know more than the average guy simply due to my reading a lot of T-Nation, but I’m really still just a freakin noob! And in light of that revelation, I’ve decided to re-evaluate my entire approach and kind of start from the beginning.
To begin, I purchased Rippetoe’s “Starting Strength”. I intend to read it cover to cover. I also intend to do a stronglifts 5x5 program.
But I’m also here to have those far more knowledgeable than me, assess my true level to see if they are in agreement that I am indeed still a noob.
5 ft 6 in tall (or short)
164 lb. I lost 21 pounds over the last twomonths doing my version of a cut phase (South Beach Diet) and I am now read for a serious bulk phase. I intend to do a clean bulk consuming about 4000 super clean calories per day. Roughly 225 - 250 grams of protein and approx 150- 200 grams of carbs, half of which will be taken post workout.
I dont know my PR’s (another indicator of being a noob) but I’ll tell you what I did on my last workout.
Bench: 195 5x5
DL’s: 185 5x5 (weaksauce)
Squats: 145 5x5 (weaksauce squared…but in my defense, I’ve had a nagging back injury all year and was unable to support added weight on my back especiallywhile standing so I’ve been doing leg presses as a pathetic excuse for a replacement to squats and I only recently got back into doing squats as the back is all healed up).
Power Cleans: 115 5x5
Power Snatch: 65lb 5x5. I just started doing these this week for the first time ever.
Overhead DB Press: 65 lb in each hand 5x5
A) Based on the above, I’m still a noob right? I mean those wack ratio’s from bench, to squat to DL’s kinda say it all IMO.
B) Based on the above, will stronglifts 5x5 or Rippetoe’s Starting Strength workout benefit me? I think I need the progression and strength training to get my strength up and it would even benefit me in terms of hypertrophy even though I’ve been “training” on and off for years now.
Currently, I believe I am still a noob and that I should read Starting Strength and I should do a stronglifts 5x5 program to get myself on the right path.
I look forward to your replies.