Is Starting Strength a meme? Am I wasting my time as a novice? I just want to be swole and strong
SS is a meme is a meme. (is a meme, is a meme, is a meme....)
>If you want to look like a bodybuilder, that's fine with me. That is a matter for you to discuss with your God and your psychologist. But even a bodybuilder is a novice strength trainee until he's an intermediate. The fastest way to gain muscular bodyweight -- the supposed goal of a bodybuilder -- is with a linear progression on the basic barbell exercises. And 5s are the way this progression works best.
>– Mark Rippetoe
This guy made his living teaching the squat, so yes, it's a scam and a meme.
You want to look good so you squat at the start of every work out...? Why wouldn't you incline bench, ohp, or weighted chin?
It needs more upper body even though it's a beginner routine. Honestly, I don't understand why beginners couldn't just start with a PPL routine that focuses on compounds with some accessory work. Your strength will increase as well as aesthetics.
Don't worry Spongebob, SS will make you look like this.
Yes it's a meme, you should be doing the rikku workout.
Something from kinobody honestly. Your legs will get strong fast doing anything. When I first started lifting I wish someone would of told me how important incline bench and ohp were. Also, hopefully you have enough strength to do pullups/chins.
SS and other frequent full body routines is the fastest way to gains city as a newb... period.
There is no "aesthetics" routine. There is NOTHING faster than linear progression using basic barbell lifts for a beginner. Nothing.
You're worrying about shit too much. You don't need to do this or that and only eat this and make sure you hit your macros and make sure you get all the sleep and blah blah. Just goto the gym 3x a week, eat halfway decent, follow SS and dont stop for at least 6 months. Literally every single week, 3x a week, for 6 months.
If you do that you'll be fine.
Your legs are your biggest muscles, you should be squatting every session, at least as a noob.
Dips, pullups, and a bench/OHP are good enough for noobs upper body. PPL should come like 6 months in
Tell me how SS isn't outdated. Why are we so focused on the lower body? He makes his living off of ONE lift. That's not a meme? Why waste all your energy squatting? You won't look any better.
Are you genuinely retarded or something? SS implements all the important compound lifts. Squats, deads, bench, OHP, pullups and powercleans. If you do these exercises, you will become stronger. Hence the name of the routine being starting STRENGTH.
Im serious. Its not difficult. Frequent full body routines + consistency. Thats all you need when you're a beginner. There is no point in micromanaging every aspect of your lifting so early on. You aren't a pro yet.
Who said I was doing SS?
I just said it was good for noobs.
If you get t-rex mode from SS then you've been doing it way longer than 6 months. T-rex mode is a meme created by people who tried SS and never did the dips.
Having small legs compared to a bigger upper body is way worse than having big legs and a slightly weaker upper body though. There is literally nothing more embarassing than chicken legs. Women will laugh at you, men will joke that you were skipping leg day and everyone assumes you are a curlbro.
Meanwhile If you have slightly stronger legs than the rest of your body, people will just assume you are an athlete who trains for a sport.
We all want to look good and be strong. athletes do more than fullbody usually. Your legs being your biggest muscles isn't an excuse to squat frequently. Upper body will always lag in comparison to your legs, thus it needs more attention.
I literally IS enough for noobs. Who the fuck are you and why do you think your shitty opinion matters more than a professional strength coach? And I dont even like that mother fucker but the fact remains
FREQUENT FULL BODY ROUTINES ARE THE FASTEST WAY OF PROGRESSION FOR NEW LIFTERS
Its a god damn fact you idiot.
It should only be your first 6 months of lifting. Nobody is going to go from slob/skelly to pure zyzz mode in 6 months no matter what their routine is. SS is meant to build a foundation so your next program is successful. That's why SS is god tier
>Having small legs compared to a bigger upper body is way worse than having big legs and a slightly weaker upper body though. There is literally nothing more embarassing than chicken legs. Women will laugh at you, men will joke that you were skipping leg day and everyone assumes you are a curlbro.
Reality isn't like online fitness forums. Outside of the fitness community, nobody gives a single fuck about your legs.
Depending on how much fat you have from the beginning and how much fat you add during the bulking phase this will take you around 1.5y - 2y and then you will look decent. There is more than one way to do it but this worked for me.