Here’s a question I received about the starting weight on StrongLIfts 5×5. My comments are below…
“I weigh 170 lbs. I am in decent shape and have always done minor lifting but nothing major. When I start this program is it really necessary for me to start with only the bar on squats? That seems very light to me… So if I do that then my warm ups are the same weight as my sets? Thanks!”
You make me think of Karate Kid.
The first one, not the bs remake of last year or what was it.
Mr Myagi who told “Daniel-San” to wax on, wax off.
And Daniel who got pissed, thinking what is this old guy making me waste my time with this waxing, I just want to do karate and fight.
Fast-foward couple of weeks later, Mr Myagi hits Daniel San and Daniel was able to block it.
Yeah, it’s all that “useless” wax on wax off training you did, nitwit.
I know, I know – it’s a movie Mehdi.
Sure, but the lesson is that you got to have patience. Starting with the empty bar sounds ridiculous but you’re adding 7.5kg a week.
That’s 30kg a month – 60lb!
In three months you’d Squatting with two big plates on each side of the bar- more than most guys do in the gym.
But only if you go through the system and be patient by starting with the empty bar and slowly working your way up.
You don’t want to start super-heavy, end up with sore legs, miss reps, and have to skip workouts in week one already.
Wax on, wax off – remember?
Start light and work your way up.
Don’t make excuses.