SS: How long?

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  1. KnightTemplar

    KnightTemplar Ebony Belt Platinum Member

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    I know there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. So much depends on factors such as genetic potential, age, previous training etc. But I still want to ask: on average, how long does it take before the linear strength gains of an SS Program are exhausted? Two or three months? Longer?
     
  2. PowerHungry

    PowerHungry Oh yeah!

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    Until you stall 3x is a ballpark.
     
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    KnightTemplar Ebony Belt Platinum Member

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    Yeah, I was just curious how long to takes to stall 3X, on average.
     
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    toonie Tuesday

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    I was beginning to stall out after 3-4 months. Not because of the squats though, the deadlifts were making my next squat session hell.
     
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    I switched when I got bored. I like the two day split in the FAQ because it lets you deadlift when you're fresh.
     
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    KnightTemplar Ebony Belt Platinum Member

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    Did you switch to another program?
     
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    toonie Tuesday

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    Going to assume you're asking if I switched programs. Yes, I just started the Texas Method.
     
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    KnightTemplar Ebony Belt Platinum Member

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    Yes, that question was addressed to you. How are you finding the Texas Method?
     
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    toonie Tuesday

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    It's an awesome program. Great program to do after starting strength if you really love squatting three times a week and love weekly PRs.
     
  10. squatsquatsquat

    squatsquatsquat Orange Belt

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    I second toonie's opinion. I, too am doing Texas Method. I didn't get nearly the success he did on SS though. That was because I was a foolish n00b when I did it and I really didn't eat nearly enough. Oh well.
     
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    One of the major limiting factors for progress on SS is diet. If you are willing to eat a lot, you can continue to make linear gains far longer than someone who is eating at or just over maintenance.
     
  12. CoreCanyon

    CoreCanyon Geez, lots of new people.

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    It also ebbs and flows...at 3 months you may be seeing less of an increase, but that's because you are going through a "down'ish" phase.

    I think for many/most lifters here, it'd take longer than 3-4 months to become what Ripp would consider an "intermediate" lifter.

    At some point, you have to allow for recovery. Then, you may see some gains again.

    I think that you, KT, have eclipsed Starting Strength, and are now ready to read Practical Programming. Have at it dude, and keep working, I don't think its time yet to switch, have some patience.
     
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    KnightTemplar Ebony Belt Platinum Member

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    It's on my Christmas list, dude, along with Iron Man 2 and the latest Jack Reacher novel.:icon_chee
     
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    6 threads in like 2 weeks asking questions like this? Sorry, this belongs in the noob questions thread.
     
  15. KnightTemplar

    KnightTemplar Ebony Belt Platinum Member

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    Which some Sherdoggers avoid as they don't like answering Noob questions. To say nothing of the fact that this question would be one among many in the Noob Thread. I posted a new Thread because I wanted feedback from the largest group possible about this specific question.

    If you don't approve of the Thread, simply don't click on it.
     
  16. CoreCanyon

    CoreCanyon Geez, lots of new people.

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    I don't know what a jack reacher novel is, but I think it's good that you are getting Practical Programming. Its just another tool for the tool box, it will really help you to understand periodization, and why your body does things you do not think it should be doing. Its a good read.
     
  17. KnightTemplar

    KnightTemplar Ebony Belt Platinum Member

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    Is Rip's Practical Programing similar to Wendler's 5/3/1?
     
  18. DrBdan

    DrBdan Something clever

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    No, not really.

    Practical Programming (the book) is about how your body responds to lifting and periodization. It's the next step after Starting Strength.

    5/3/1 is simply a training program that Wendler created himself. The eBook doesn't talk much about physiology or programming, it just explains how to do the 5/3/1.
     
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    KnightTemplar Ebony Belt Platinum Member

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    Yeah, I've got the 5/3/1 ebook; I just did'nt know how it compared to Practical Programming.
     
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    KnightTemplar Ebony Belt Platinum Member

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    Just had a look at the SS Wiki FAQ: it's possible to stay on one of the SS Programs for up to 9 months, if one starts light and builds slowly.:cool:
     

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