Originally Posted by Fazc
. And there was never the assumption that 5x5 was all that was needed to get to the advanced stage. If it was, then great! But that was an oddity (like Bernardski as noted in Defying Gravity).
The progression was always from 5x5 to a more varied rep scheme which included singles, more than 3 workouts a week, varied exercises, frequent lifting and periodisation of sorts.
Good thoughts, and good thread overall.
The 5x5 is merely a vehicle. There are many vehicles that can take a trainee to the intermediate level quite rapidly but at some point a lifter will have to make adjustments.
I don't care what system is used as long as progression is consistent and the rep/set scheme is reasonable.
As Glwanabe and I have discussed, very few inexperienced lifters understand progression. Any program that defines progression is light years ahead of programs that simply provide set/rep schemes. Many 5x5s, including Rippetoe and Stronglifts, detail a progression approach and therefore do a great service for the beginner.
This structured progression does help with program popularity, simply because people are seeing results. They have a defined direction, so results come easier.