I followed SS for two months. Gained almost 20lbs and got my b/s/dl up to 205/255/315. Started at 170/205/255 after a month or so of not following any program at all, just getting form down on the big lifts.
Decent enough program for total newbs or getting started again, but not a good long-term program choice. [/quote]
What would you suggest after then? Im at similar numbers to you but am starting to stall. I’ve been looking at Waterbury stuff but SS seems much more intense and harder because of how much you’re doing the major lifts.[/quote]
A logical next step would be a 4-day push/pull or a 4-day BB split. Either one would be a step up in volume and you could include more variety in your lifts. Wendler’s 5/3/1 is a great rep template for main lifts (and it’s a great program, overall). I’ve made progress on a lot of different programs, but I’ve found that lifting in too high or too low a rep range for too long is terrible. 8x3, 5/3/1, 5x5, 5x3, 4x6 all worked, with 5/3/1 being the longest-running.
One of the most important things to remember is that nothing will work forever. Best thing you can do is to pick two or three programs that give you good results, and switch between them when your progress starts to slow down.