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Old 03-28-2014, 04:22 AM   #1
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looking for some advice on what would be a good strength based program to work on once I graduate from starting strength ?

I don't know how long I have left on SS but based on the exrx strength standards my bench press and overhead press are almost at an intermediate level but my squat and deadlift have a way to go , I think I have maybe a 4-6weeks to go until I am an intermediate lifter

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Old 03-28-2014, 04:49 AM   #2
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Given that your pressing is stronger (relatively) than your squatting and pulling, I'd say sticking with Starting Strength for as long as possibly is maybe the best thing you could do. SS will bring your squat up - that's for sure! Also, deadlift. More so than either press, generally speaking. So...

I also started with that routine, so to a certain extent, I know what I'm talking about here.

But as far as the next thing goes, classically that would be one of Bill Starr's, Madcows, or Texas Method. See if any of those appeals, whenever you're ready to move on.

And if not, there's a hell of a lot of other routines out there! Checking out the Workouts forum around here, is a good place to start.
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i have to agree with dray. your squat and deadlift should be stronger then your pressing, so i would stick with starting strength in till your squat and deadlift strength is up.
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Id milk starting strength for all its got. If three work sets just gets you know where after months go to 2 and then 1 afterwards. No need to jump to a new program.

As a side note I think Texas is more difficult than Madcow since you handle a lot more volume early in the week and a heavier weight at the end of the week.
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How many times a week are you wanting to lift? What are your goals?

If you feel like your progress is slowing on starting strength, don't keep pushing. Rippetoe's concept of forced progression on starting strength is flat out dangerous with out proper coaching.
Whether or not your squat and dead has met some arbitrary expectation, if process slows you should probably make adjustments to your routine.
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I'd suggest assessing what your strength level by averaging it across all the big lifts, not just the ones you're excelling at. If only half of them are close to intermediate, then overall you're not really close to intermediate.
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progress is still really good at the moment on starting strength with all lifts , my overhead press and bench press have reached intermediate numbers.

I will stay on SS until I have an intermediate squat and deadlift which I am guessing is about 1 month away.
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How many times a week are you wanting to lift? What are your goals?

If you feel like your progress is slowing on starting strength, don't keep pushing. Rippetoe's concept of forced progression on starting strength is flat out dangerous with out proper coaching.
Whether or not your squat and dead has met some arbitrary expectation, if process slows you should probably make adjustments to your routine.
My goal is basically to get strong with a focus on the big 4 lifts. I would like to lift weights 3 or 4 times a week .Powerlifting style training appeals to me more so than bodybuilding training .
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