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Piraat
06-30-2010, 05:04 PM
I've been doing starting strength and cardio 3-5 times per week for the last 30 days and I think I might be placing too much strain on my legs.

SS is squats 3x/week, deadlift 1 or 2 x/week depending on the week, and my cardio is almost exclusively running or elliptical machine.

My legs are feeling achy all the time now, like they aren't getting a chance to recover. I want to switch to something else that focuses on compound lifts like SS, but without as much burden on the legs.

I spoke to a colleague at work who has been lifting for many years, and he put together the following routine. Basically I told him:

-I want to lift 4 days a week
-I want as much compound work as possible
-I like the 5 rep sets and would like to keep them unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise

This is what he came up with. How does it look for weight loss? I posted in the workout programs section but have had no replies, plus I really am curious how it stacks up when the goal is fat loss, so I figure this is the more appropriate section anyway.

Comments?

Mon
Chest/Triceps
Barbell Bench Press 3x5
Dumbbell Flyes 3x5
Incline Press 3x5
Dips (Weighted) 3x5
Bench Dips 3xFail

Tues
Legs/Abs
Full Squats 3x5
Stiff Legged Deadlifts 3x5
Dumbbell Lunges 3x5
Weighted Situps 3x12
Gorilla Chin Crunch (Weighted) 3x5
Calf Raises (Weighted) 3x12

Thurs
Back/Biceps
Deadlifts 3x5
Pendelay Rows 3x5
Wide Grip Pullups (Weighted) 3x5
Close Grip Chinups (Weighted) 3x5
Dumbbell/Barbell Curls 3x10

Fri
Shoulders/Traps/Abs
Hang Clean/Press 3x5
Arnold Dumbbell Press 3x5
Front Plate Raise 3x5
Upright Rows 3x5
Weighted Situps 3x12
Gorilla Chin Crunch (Weighted) 3x5