First off i think think starting strength is a great program and I have gained roughly 10 pounds on it, but the past month or so has been almost totally stagnant, no increases in BP, Deadlift or Squat… more importantly though my motivation for starting strength is pretty damn low now and i seem to have trouble with fatigue recovering from one session to the next now.
I bought Maximum Strength by Eric Cressey which is an excellent book and I have no doubt it would be highly effective for me and the warm-up’s are what i’m using from now on, but Scrawny to Brawny by John Berardi seems to be the exact sort of thing i was looking for.
If i focus on getting the nutrition down to “Berardi extremes” am i right in thinking this is a great program to move onto now?
I need advice from anyone who has completed this program especially.
Phase 1: I’m going to redo my tally one more time with a partner to make sure i’m not underestimating how much corrective work i need, but i seemed to score 0 points, even if it is slightly more in reality, these problems were very slight or i would have noticed them for sure, i’ve always trained balanced though, so it is definitely possible.
So basically i’m a bit stumped as to exactly what is best to do right now and how long for, after all, if there’s nothing much to fix up, in terms of inbalances physically noticable my left arm is maybe half an inch smaller and my left lat slightly smaller too, my shoulder also ‘clicks’ when pressing are these things that need to be adressed?
My only other question for now is this: with no swiss ball, limited weight dumbells, no cable pully, no trap bar, no roman chair and no machine calf raise, would this program still be possible with some sort of alternatives, eg. normal deads, wooden calf block… that would still leave me without any of the cable pulley exercises (like the pull-through, cable rows, external rotation, cable to neck), without being able to perform any the swiss ball exercises, no reverse hypers, no back extention and with having to attempt every dumbell exercise with a barbell instead.
Above are the disadvantages with working out at home…