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Stalling on Starting Strength


#1

Hi all

I have just missed my reps on bench for the first time about 2 months in. Started at 90kg 3x5 today got 127.5kg 5, 3, 3

Should I try and get all the reps a couple of more times then reset or do I reset now?

Cheers


#2

Get more total reps each workout without going over 5 per set. You managed 11 before, so get 12 at least. Once you can no longer do THAT, consider it a stall.


#3

Thanks for the advice!

Can I do this by adding sets or just sticking to 3?


#4

[quote]Big Al 1983 wrote:
Thanks for the advice!

Can I do this by adding sets or just sticking to 3?[/quote]

Are you intent on “doing starting strength”, or is it just a matter of getting stronger?

I ask, because technically doing the former is not “doing the program”, but I have had success with adding sets. Ideally, you should be able to do it in 3 sets, but I have found that doing MORE has always been better for me versus doing less.


#5

Was planning on doing SS until gains exhausted then move to 531 but the plan is to get as strong as possible for meet in July only been powerlifting for a couple of months


#6

The SS protocol is to give yourself 3 sessions at the weight and if you fail to get 3x5 after the 3rd do a reset. You’ll probably find you’ll hit the required reps next time.


#7

[quote]Big Al 1983 wrote:
Was planning on doing SS until gains exhausted then move to 531 but the plan is to get as strong as possible for meet in July only been powerlifting for a couple of months[/quote]

Move on to madcow or 5/3/1 then -will give you better strength gains, especially as you look far from a beginner


#8

Thanks both for the advice


#9

[quote]Big Al 1983 wrote:
Was planning on doing SS until gains exhausted then move to 531 but the plan is to get as strong as possible for meet in July only been powerlifting for a couple of months[/quote]

do texas method. Program also works great for meet prep if you tweak the intensity day.


#10

What are KGs? lol…you’re still strong BigAl. Might be time for a deload week…regroup and attack again.


#11

Lol!! The metric system still annoys me I wish the plates had pounds written on them!