noob question re. Starting Strength
For example, workout A begins with
This feels a little short. Is it literally just three sets of five squats, or is there some sub-text? i.e. Should I be doing several 3x5 squats, escalating the weight every time, or is what you see what you get?
Sorry for the dumb question.
Hi, OP here. So I guess this is the sub-text I was missing. I'm completely new to lifting so I really wasn't sure if this was the done thing. Would this apply to all other lifts, even stuff like Deadlifts? Or would you just tailor it to suit your own preference?
You simply can't go into squatting heavy as a beginner, you will snap your shit up.
Start light learn and form while you build on improving.
Once your going heavy, which will be really quick, 3X5 will be plenty hard 3 times a week.
>Shouldn't SS have a guide?
Shit, probably. I'm just following the basic program that I found online. The book sells for like £36 in Bongland and I don't have that kinda cheese fa m
I usually start with 10 reps empty bar, to get a little loose
Then 5-10 reps of 50% of working weight
4 reps of 65%
2 reps of 80%
1 rep of 90%
Then do your working sets, in your case 3 sets of 5 reps. In the first weeks it will feel light, use this to your advantage to work on technique. 3x5 (especially 3 times a week) will be plenty heavy once you start putting up some decent weight.
I do the same warmup more or less for all my main compound lifts. for bench and overhead press I first do some shoulder dislocations with a broomstick or facepulls with a band.