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Old 06-16-2015, 02:36 PM   #1
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Anybody here try the StrongLifts 5x5?

I'm just getting out of recovery, and about of .5 years of being sedentary (startup life staring at my macbook 10 hours a day) and before I get back into it, or start anything too crazy, I wanted to get my fundamental strength with some basic movements back so I figure to try this out:

http://stronglifts.com/5x5/

Seems to cover the basics, it's basically just three days a week, and on my off days I'm doing basic conditioning (tabata double-unders/or prowlers).

I figure squatting three days a week it can't hurt me...
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Old 06-17-2015, 04:53 AM   #2
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Re: Anybody here try the StrongLifts 5x5?

Stronglifts is a good starter program. It's what initially got me into strength training a number of years ago. It's basically a 5x5 version of Starting Strength with barbell rows instead of power cleans. Because it's 5x5, it'll give you a chance to do more reps and gain confidence and build up technique in the main strength lifts. But because it's 5x5 it won't allow you to handle as heavy a weight as you would with Starting Strength.
It ultimately depends what your priority is. Are you looking to get back into Crossfit? Or focus on strength for a while?
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:57 AM   #3
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Re: Anybody here try the StrongLifts 5x5?

Any 5x5 variation is a good starting point coming back from a long period without training, but there are probably better choices.

Even if you don’t want to be too crazy, mixing some pieces of conditioning with your strength training is probably a better option to get back in shape. For example you can do intervals or a light metcon 2-3 times a week on top of your strength routine.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:45 AM   #4
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Re: Anybody here try the StrongLifts 5x5?

Another great program that has conditioning built in is the 70s Big basic S&C template.
Similar principles as Starting Strength or Stronglifts (basic compound lifts, frequent squatting, progressive overload) but a bit more appropriate if you're aiming to get back into CF, in my opinion. Simple and effective.

http://70sbig.com/wp-content/uploads..._S&CP_v2.0.pdf (WFS)
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:18 PM   #5
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Re: Anybody here try the StrongLifts 5x5?

The advantage of the 5x5 is that it is easy to follow, has volume for growth and will give someone a lot of practice to learn good form (or really ingrain bad form).

It isn't something for the long term but it has its places for many. I did it many years ago and saw some growth in some things.

Wendlers is good also. I probably put more people on this when they wanted a strength program that would allow them to crossfit a little also and still see good gains when I was coaching/training people. Easy to follow, can run a long time, and can be programmed around a 3 day lifting for engine work the other 2 days a week.
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:59 PM   #6
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Re: Anybody here try the StrongLifts 5x5?

What it sounds like it gets down to is whether you just want to work strength stuff or do some CF stuff in there as well.
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Old 06-20-2015, 12:45 PM   #7
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Re: Anybody here try the StrongLifts 5x5?

I did Starting Strength for some time, which is very similar. Both are great programs if you want to squat a bunch more weight, and you're a novice or getting back into things. But don't do a bunch of conditioning on your off days. If you are murdering yourself with the prowler or CF metcons you are going to stall out a lot faster.

If you insist on conditioning then either:
1) find a different program explicitly designed to include or
2) do 5x5 but try just 1 day/wk of doing shorter higher intensity stuff. Alternatively you could do a few days a week of low intensity work (cardio, like <70% of max heart rate) which is easy to recover from.
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Re: Anybody here try the StrongLifts 5x5?

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Any 5x5 variation is a good starting point coming back from a long period without training, but there are probably better choices.

Even if you don’t want to be too crazy, mixing some pieces of conditioning with your strength training is probably a better option to get back in shape. For example you can do intervals or a light metcon 2-3 times a week on top of your strength routine.
Good call...5x5 is basically just on Mon, Wednesday and Friday so on my off days I'm going to do a conditioning, or some sort of Tabata-training.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:18 AM   #9
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Re: Anybody here try the StrongLifts 5x5?

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Good call...5x5 is basically just on Mon, Wednesday and Friday so on my off days I'm going to do a conditioning, or some sort of Tabata-training.
Just watch recovery, otherwise you'll just be spinning your wheels, especially at heavier weights!!
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:49 PM   #10
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Re: Anybody here try the StrongLifts 5x5?

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Just watch recovery, otherwise you'll just be spinning your wheels, especially at heavier weights!!
Yeah now I'm just squatting three times a week, and maybe add a push press.

Keeping it super simple, off days are hiking, or playing a game of basketball.
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