vegan hal wrote:i've pretty much structured my lifting based on Stronglifts. it's been a great simple program to follow and I've tweaked it over the 2 yrs I've been doing it. BUT i don;t read his other crap.
apologies as this has probably been said several times before but i glanced up and couldn't see it in this thread.
It is a good program for sure but it's also basically just Starting Strength with 5x5 instead of 3x5 and some (constantly changing strangely) assistance work that I suspect is there mainly to differentiate it from SS/appease those desiring disco abs.
Given it's a novice program, I don't see the point of five sets over three assuming rippetoe is right that anything above that needed to stimulate the adaptation is wasted time. If novices needed a full five sets to get stimulate an adaptation then SS with its three sets wouldn't work but it clearly does.
The extra sets give more practice with form i suppose.