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Old 02-28-2012, 11:45 AM   #3
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Hello, I was just wondering ..would the 5x5's or starting strength routines work for someone who's without a dip or pullup station and needing a emphasis on strength,traps,upperchest,forearms and calves? Will those parts get enough work without assistant lifts?
Pull answered spot on. You don't need dips or pullups. They are nice options to have, but certainly not needed.

Forearms will build quite nicely just from all the barbell and dumbbell work you do over the next several years. It's certainly ok to train grip strength if needed, but I wouldn't worry about size. It will happen without direct work.

Traps will see improvement from deadlifts, rowing and overhead pressing. If after several years they seem to be weak or lacking, you can add in more direct work. Right now though it's most beneficial to just get strong everywhere for a couple years and see where the chips fall.

Calves...can be a bear. Working them once or twice a week is certainly a good way to go.

Upper chest - get strong on bench and overhead press, and depending on your program you certainly add in incline dumbbell presses if you want to fill in the gap.
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