I’m 14 and I’ve been working out on and off for the past 2 years, but fairly consistently for the past year. The thing is I’ve pretty much only been training bench and pretty much neglected my lower body. I know realize that the squat and deadlift are extremely important.
I’m planning on beginning Starting Strength in about a week. Anyway my question is: Do you think my bench could still progress from Starting Strength, considering that I’ve been benching once a week for the last year?
If you pretty much only train bench that leads me to believe that your back muscles are lagging. (read muscle imbalance) know that starting strength is infamous for causing muscle imbalances. So for you I would recommend you find a program that calls for adequate upper back exercises.look for a body building or powerlifting template and stick to that.
and one question: when you say you bench 210 is that a half rep or are you lowering the bar low enough to touch your chest?
Is Starting Strength really “infamous” for creating muscle imbalances? If you are strictly a bodybuilder, then maybe you should add direct bicep and calf work. But as someone who is 6 feet tall and 150 pounds, the OP doesn’t need to worry about muscle imbalances right now.
Besides, Starting Strength is actually “infamous” for correcting strength imbalances. If your bench is 210 and you never squat or deadlift, Starting Strength will bring your squat and deadlift up above your bench, which is much more balanced.[/quote]
yeah genius starting strength along with some bicep and calve work will send his bench through the roof.
I have tried starting strength and It didn’t really make my lifts increase.
to the OP:
I still recommend you use a different program. and here’s what you can do to get past your plateau: check you form, make sure your secondary muscles are as strong as you chest (triceps, lats, and shoulders).