Another question that has appeared is, "Why do the Reeves, just do starting strength."
Starting Strength is a great program, but it is not the same workout as the Reeves. Starting strength is a A/B split type of program, and the Reeves is a classic fullbody program.
The conditioning needed for the Reeves is different than that needed for SS. You also work at a lower % of known PR for the worksets, becasue of the volume of the program.
Answering the question as to why they are different is only part of the story.
Exactly what is it about SS, that has enabled it to be as successful as it has?
The answer is very simple, Progression!
The progression scheme of the program is spelled out clearly, and requires that you follow it. Progression is IMO, one of the most misunderstood aspects for people to understand.
far too often people want to change a program without understanding how that change affects the whole of the system. A well known coach who is known to be blunt has said, "Don't phuk with the program!'
In my last post on how the variable rep range system of the Reeves works, it should be clear that making your sets even as little as 5% heavier relative to known PR weight, can have a huge effect on your ability to work the program, or to stall.
There are several ways to achieve the end goals of working into the Reeves, and making it work properly. The last few weeks have shown, that I need to spellout, a better, stricter set of guildelines for people to follow. This will alleviate many questions about working into the program. The question of how much weight to use will still be a bit open ended, but by following the guidelines it should be a bit easier in that aspect as well.