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*Sigh* Another Bill Starr's 5X5 Question


#1

I'll keep it simple - as I know this topic has been beaten many times. I couldn't find any specific findings for my query, though.

Here is: With iffy shoulders, I'd really like to use DB benching instead of BB, but it doesn't seem like I can track the same kind of linear progress.

Will DBs screw the program up, and I should just suck it up?

Thanks in advance.


#2

i dont have the expertise to say whether you can use DB’s or not, but from my own experience, I felt that the standing military presses really strengthened my core (abs and lower back mostly) which carried over to all of my other lifts and my strength in general


#3

[quote]youngblood52 wrote:
i dont have the expertise to say whether you can use DB’s or not, but from my own experience, I felt that the standing military presses really strengthened my core (abs and lower back mostly) which carried over to all of my other lifts and my strength in general[/quote]

what is this answering exactly?

I don’t see any problem with it, typically programs are made to be kept the same but a minor change like doing DB bench as opposed to BB bench would be fine imo.


#4

Of course you can. It helps to have those magnetic platemates so you don’t always have to raise the load by 5lb increments.


#5

Why can’t you just test your 5RM or whatever and enter that weight into the spreadsheet?


#6

DB bench will not screw the program up, long as you keep to basic movements your gold. I’ve subbed front squats, zerchers, overhead squats,& decline bench, all with great success. Just like youngoldguy said plug your 5rm in the spreadsheet & go. I would round down to the nearest 5 if you don’t have access to the magnetic thingys.


#7

Sweet - the replies are appreciated. I’m thinking about just ordering some of the Plate Mates… might as well to help the linear strength gains up and consistant on the program.

I know the protocol asks for incline presses or military presses, which I’ve pretty much eliminated from my workouts because of rotator cuff issues, so I just wanted to try and preserve my shoulders as well as I can. I suppose a caloric surplus will help now, though. :slight_smile:

And yes, of course I’m using the spreadsheet!


#8

I’m sure you’re not skipping out on this, but make sure you’re doing some shoulder prehab and rehab.