I have searched around and read numerous articles and FAQs from Rippetoe himself, but I am still not quite certain about what constitutes a beginner for his program. I have never lifted for more than a year continuously, and I have currently been lifting for 16 weeks or so. I began with some NROL Fat Loss and then just finished about 8 weeks of Meltdown Training. (Which, by the way, kicked my ass for all 8 weeks. Amazing program.)
I wanted to try something a little different and found his program while searching through some threads. Am I still "new" enough to take advantage of this program? After doing the first day, it seemed too easy when compared to Meltdown. Further, I know that losing fat and building muscle at once is a debatable topic, but at 20% bf, would this program still be effective if my eating is clean? Rippetoe said that "chubbies" can do this workout if they manage their intake well and eat clean. It is just a harder balance. Any thoughts?