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Old 01-03-2009, 08:38 AM   #1
James Rollo
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5x5 vs 3x5 for starting strength

I have been doing starting strength for the past month, and it has been working great. I can now squat my previous 1 rep max for 5 reps. I recently went back and re-read some of the programming in starting strength and saw working sets for 3 sets of 5 reps. When I first read it, I came away with that I should do 5x5, and thats what I have been doing(I couldn't finish all working sets twice).

Should I drop down to the 3 sets of 5 reps? My goal is to just get a strong as possible before March rolls around.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:48 AM   #2
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Re: 5x5 vs 3x5 for starting strength

Personally I would follow what Rip says. He knows a lot more than me, or probably anyone else about his program.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:56 AM   #3
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Re: 5x5 vs 3x5 for starting strength

I think so. It will allow you to progress longer. Plus, that's how Rip wrote it so I'm sure that's how he feels it will work best.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:09 AM   #4
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Re: 5x5 vs 3x5 for starting strength

I did 5x5 in the beginning and then when it started getting heavy I went to 3x5.
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:37 AM   #5
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Re: 5x5 vs 3x5 for starting strength

I thought starting strength is all 3x5? Why do 5x5?
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:28 AM   #6
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Re: 5x5 vs 3x5 for starting strength

5x5 is way too much volume for Starting Strength.
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:31 AM   #7
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Re: 5x5 vs 3x5 for starting strength

Yeah, 3x5. The deadlift is 1x5 and the powerclean is 5 sets of 3(typo in the book). Are you doing the original SS or the Onus Wuncler? Either way this is the set/rep scheme. Rip says in PP that 5x5 is an intermediate level set/rep scheme.
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:38 AM   #8
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Re: 5x5 vs 3x5 for starting strength

I don't know if your doing 1RM still. I might be reading into your post wrong. If you are still doing 1rm during SS, I wouldn't do them until you're done with ss and the anpp if you plan on using it. Your strength levels are going to go up so fast that there's really no reason.
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:09 PM   #9
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Re: 5x5 vs 3x5 for starting strength

As long as you're still a novice, 3x5 is definitely the way to go. 5x5 is used as a high volume day under the intermediate level Texas program, and the high volume is recovered from with a light day and a high intensity day. Even for a novice, 5x5 every day would probably be too much volume to recover from to reach maximum progression.
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Old 01-03-2009, 03:56 PM   #10
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Re: 5x5 vs 3x5 for starting strength

Agreed. If your a novice then just do 3x5. I won't beat a dead horse...
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