Originally Posted by chess315
But the madcow or starr is only a 6 week program even they recommen reprograming. by changing rep pattern.
Those programs are not 6 week programs.
The program is designed to be run until you can no longer make linear progression. Throughout the program you will stall, and have to reset you weights to make new runs at the PR's. This is to be expected.
Even when you have slowed to the point of no longer working the program as you did at the start, there is still the H-L-M aspect that then will keep you setting new worksets roughly weekly.
It really only requires small changes to the program to keep progressing for a long time with these programs. The time span can vary, but it could ber as much as a two years with proper work ethic, and constantly pushing for progression.
Far to many people stop these programs when they have lots of room left to make gains, and they themselves shortchange themselves from the gains they seek. They want to move onto something not labled as a beginner routine. Their ego is as big an enemy as not putting more weight on the bar.
People just need to remember three words. "Progression is King". As long as your doing that, then keep doing what your doing.
With the Ripptoe program or the Starr program. Like all other things in life, when all else fails, read the directions.