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Old 04-02-2008, 11:25 AM   #1
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Strength requirement not to do Starting Strength

I see all these threads asking if they should do starting strength or not. My question is similar but I guess I am just wondering what CFT you would consider to be adequite not to do SS?
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:29 AM   #2
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Re: Strength requirement not to do Starting Strength

It's not what you have it's what you want.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:30 AM   #3
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Re: Strength requirement not to do Starting Strength

there is no requirement, just do it until you stop making linear gains
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:31 AM   #4
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Re: Strength requirement not to do Starting Strength

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It's not what you have it's what you want.
Well I want to be able to do CF workouts as RXed and not be so fat. I think I am pretty strong so I guess I don't see the point of the SS in my situation.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:51 AM   #5
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Well I want to be able to do CF workouts as RXed and not be so fat. I think I am pretty strong so I guess I don't see the point of the SS in my situation.
Well, there you go. What are you numbers, btw?
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:06 PM   #6
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Well, there you go. What are you numbers, btw?
I guess average person that works out. Squat 275-315 DL 325 BP ~250 SP 150-160.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:16 PM   #7
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Re: Strength requirement not to do Starting Strength

Really depends on what you want.

There's no reason at all to do SS, if your primary goal is more met-con related, and you're prepared to scale as needed. Many very respected folks advocate this - and have had great results personally and with those they train.

I did most WODS with Rx'd weight when my CFT was 700 or so, though my progress on some (e.g. Fran) was limited by my poor pressing strength. That weakness really ticked me off ... and was why I did my SS cycle. If I'd had stronger shoulders in proportion to the rest of me, I might not have done SS.

That said, the hefty gains in my other lifts within 7 weeks feel very sweet, though I all but died from oxygen depletion in my first few Met-Cons back.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:27 PM   #8
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Re: Strength requirement not to do Starting Strength

I am considering running it for a little while. Maybe a couple months might do some good.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:28 PM   #9
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I guess average person that works out. Squat 275-315 DL 325 BP ~250 SP 150-160.
As an average build person (5'11" 77kgs) with similar numbers - High bar squat 300#, dl last tested at 315#, press maybe 60kg?, last bench best was 5 at 185lbs with an all time single of 215#?, I'm all about upping them numbers.
But then again, I'm not really into the WOD anymore.
I'm into turning my 90/111 bests in the snatch and C&J into 100/120+ by the end of the year. And then 110/137 (300lbs) next year...

So maybe I'm coming from a different place, but one thing I've noticed on this and the PM board - people who are stalling in their WODs seem to have a lot of success doing some strength focus for a while, then getting back on the metcon train. The first metcon back will hurt (as said above) but the long term benefit is there.
I keep trying to get a friend of mine to dedicate some time to oly at my gym... partially b/c I bet it will help him long term, partially b/c we need a 69kg lifter on our team.
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