So been reading up on the report of this 5x5 method and I was wondering whether anyone had tried this method and what they thought of it? Also, I will be coming back from arthroscopic surgery on my R shoulder so the idea of beginning with light weights seems good. Thanks in advance for any responses!
Thread: Medhi Stronglifts 5x5
07-20-2012, 11:50 AM #1
Medhi Stronglifts 5x5
07-20-2012, 11:51 AM #2
07-20-2012, 12:18 PM #3
He took Starting Strength and added 2 extra sets to make it 5x5 instead of 3x5 suggested by Rippetoe.
I would just get Mark's book and go with the original program.
Medhi doesn't have any relevant fitness education or background as an athlete. Mark does, he's the man I'd trust, not some self proclaimed expert.
There are other 5x5 programs from Bill Starr and modified and more popular from Madcow, but these are intermediate and advanced programs, the only thing in common with Medhi program is 5x5 in name, guess that what confuses a lot of people.
07-20-2012, 12:25 PM #4
And link to Starting Strength wiki, most of the relevant stuff is there, but seriously, get the "Starting Strength" book and "Practical Programming"
07-20-2012, 01:00 PM #5
07-20-2012, 03:28 PM #6
Mark talks about substituting cleans for rows on wiki and his book. 5x5 volume in daily linear progression would work only with very light weights, which could be okay in suggested by Mehdi approach of starting with empty bar, but unless your are chronically weak that just a waste of precious life time.
Stick with the classic, just don't get greedy with start weight, you'll stall in no time.
So yes, it would work, because it's basically SS with the twist. Shame that Mehdi *forgot* to mention Rip's name as an *inspiration* for his program anywhere, making it look like something genuine, for that alone I wouldn't use it.
07-21-2012, 02:01 AM #7
07-21-2012, 08:36 AM #8
And like a said there is really nothing magical in either program, both based on the same principle. Get a copy of Practical Programming if you are interested in physiological principles behind this type of programming.
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07-21-2012, 10:19 AM #9
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I can say that once the weight starts to get up there, 5x5 becomes hard to recover from. I also found it mentally taxing squatting 3x a week with heavier and heavier weight. I did drop it down to 3x5 which was better but eventually moved onto a program that I like a lot better(5/3/1).Athletic Edge Lead Forum Representative
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