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Old 09-04-2006, 08:31 PM   #1
Ben Bundy
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What are 5 X 5 and SS workouts? Should I be doing these with WOD? Who is Mark Rippetoe and the Starting Strength program?

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Old 09-05-2006, 06:42 AM   #2
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5x5 is a program to increase strength and size doing 5 sets of 5 reps. There are different versions as some keep the same weight for all 5 reps and some increase with each set. Starting strength is a book by Mark Rippetoe. I would highly suggest getting it even if you have lifted for a while, it's a great book.
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Old 09-05-2006, 06:52 AM   #3
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Mike is spot on.

Besides that though they are both really types of weightlifting programs geared towards increasing hypertrophy and strength. In terms of how this relates to CrossFit -- they are usually done separately, but you can mix them some if you want to as a lot of people on here have ME (max effort) days which are a lot like strength training. As always though, diet is the most important factor in gaining/losing weight (muscle mass or fat).
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