I just got the book, and plan on doing about 2 days of form work (need to kill time until it fits into my schedule). Only problem is, theres a ton of info. I spent 2 hours reading form on the squat and deadlift and reading the programming section. After all this reading, I think my brain is overloaded, so I have some pretty simple questions that I need reassureing:
You start off with your 5-rep maxes at week 1 right? and progress each session?
You don’t need to add accessory movements to the program for the first few weeks at least, just chins/dips right?
I can’t believe that you can progress 10-20 pounds a week, it seems impossible to me. But, if Rippetoe and everyone else says it can be done, I trust them since they know 1000 times more then me.[/quote]
I am no expert but i read a lot on this program and did it for awhile with success…
1- Yea start with you 5RM, you may want to take it 5-10lb less, just because your 5RM on the deadlift may not be your 5RM on the deadlifts after squatting. So just start a little short of your 5RM, you will get to it by week 2.
2- Yea stay with the basics, I’m pretty sure you will be fine without the accessory lifts, don’t be shy to use them if you feel you have a weakness you need to work on.
The pounds you can progress will depend on your level of strength when you start, a person squatting 135lb can easily add 10-20lb to his squat for a couple of weeks without difficulty. A person who squats 350lb may have to settle for 5lb or less.