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    Default 5x5 Starting Strength Addition

    For those who are, or have used the starting strength routine, did you find that you wanted to add some exercises to it?

    I feel like there needs to be more core work. I am very tempted to add maybe 10 minutes of core exercises to the end of each workout. I just don't feel like my core gets that much of a workout, and I have a very flabby core!

    Just curious what others have thought.

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    I didn't feel like doing anything after those workouts. I was pretty gassed. But you could add some accessory work if you feel it necessary. Just gauge how your body responds and make sure that you're not doing anything that could interfere with your recovery before the next workout.
    Pick up heavy things.
    Put them down.
    Then pick them up again.

    Do this many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarktar View Post
    For those who are, or have used the starting strength routine, did you find that you wanted to add some exercises to it?

    I feel like there needs to be more core work. I am very tempted to add maybe 10 minutes of core exercises to the end of each workout. I just don't feel like my core gets that much of a workout, and I have a very flabby core!

    Just curious what others have thought.

    Thanks,
    Need more core work? Deadlifts and Squats are the best core exercises you can do.
    Ramp up your training intensity and really push your limits. you will feel your core being engaged as you continue to pile up the weight on your squats and deads.

    The reason you have a flabby core could be
    1) Lack of muscle mass = Skinny Fat Look
    2) Not eating properly and building enough muscle to fill out your frame.
    Usually the 2 biggest things that stick out to most gym trainees. Isolation exercises for the core recruit the least amount of muscle fibers compared to deadlifts squats and pullups.
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    Well, deadlifts and squats surely work the core, but I am really not doing that much of either of them on this program. But maybe I should give it time.

    I guess I am the typical person, who wants to add muscle and loss fat at the same time, which after reading everything you suggest (Layzie) is really not possible. Guess I will have to stick with adding muscle, but I do want to shed weight (fat) before September 1st! If losing weight (fat) is a goal, lets say 15 lbs by September 1st, what would be a good starting date?

    I feel like my diet is pretty solid. I have gotten stronger since starting 5x5, but have stayed the same weight, and I do feel a little bit thinner. Likely I have lost some fat, and replaced it with muscle. According to Dougs formula, I have about 30 lbs of body fat. I weight about 215 lbs, and would really like to be around 190, ideally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbroadd View Post
    I didn't feel like doing anything after those workouts. I was pretty gassed. But you could add some accessory work if you feel it necessary. Just gauge how your body responds and make sure that you're not doing anything that could interfere with your recovery before the next workout.
    Interesting that you got gassed after the workout. I guess I am only at week 8. But really the only thing that is that tiring is Squats. Deadlift is only 1 set. I guess overhead press is getting quite hard. Maybe I should just be patient and wait for the lifts to get heavy. But even then, I feel like I would just miss reps, or possibly sets due to the high weight, but still not be "gassed".

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarktar View Post
    Well, deadlifts and squats surely work the core, but I am really not doing that much of either of them on this program. But maybe I should give it time.

    I guess I am the typical person, who wants to add muscle and loss fat at the same time, which after reading everything you suggest (Layzie) is really not possible. Guess I will have to stick with adding muscle, but I do want to shed weight (fat) before September 1st! If losing weight (fat) is a goal, lets say 15 lbs by September 1st, what would be a good starting date?

    I feel like my diet is pretty solid. I have gotten stronger since starting 5x5, but have stayed the same weight, and I do feel a little bit thinner. Likely I have lost some fat, and replaced it with muscle. According to Dougs formula, I have about 30 lbs of body fat. I weight about 215 lbs, and would really like to be around 190, ideally.
    Starting Strength is built off squats and deadlifts...
    You are not running Starting Strength if you are not squatting and deadlifting

    http://www.muscleandfitness.com/work...strength?day=1

    Day 1 alone is squat and deadlift.
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    I guess I meant I am not doing that much of deadlifts. It is once a week and only 5 reps. Yes, it is squat centric, and I like that.

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    Layzie, in the link you provided, they are doing multiple sets of Deadlifts. But in the routine I found, it is only 1 set. I find that odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarktar View Post
    Layzie, in the link you provided, they are doing multiple sets of Deadlifts. But in the routine I found, it is only 1 set. I find that odd.
    its 5 sets of 5
    that is what starting strength is.
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    Not for dead lifts

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    According to strong lifts 5x5

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