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CHiiiN
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Join date: Apr 2012
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How's this modified SS, it incorporates wide grip pulls in workout A & bent over rows in workout B. All other aspects of the program are as original.

Workout A
3x5 Squat
3x5 Bench Press
1x5 Deadlift
Wide Grip Pull-Ups - 3 sets to failure

Workout B
3x5 Squat
3x5 Press
5x3 Power Cleans
3x5 Bent over Rows

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Chris Colucci
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Join date: Jan 2005
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CHiiiN wrote:
How's this modified SS, it incorporates wide grip pulls in workout A & bent over rows in workout B. All other aspects of the program are as original.

Were you not happy with the results you saw after you followed it as-written for 12-16 weeks? ;)

There's nothing technically "wrong" with way you laid it out. The only thing is that you might find your low back accumulating fatigue from three squat sessions plus deadlifts plus cleans plus bent rows each week.

At 5'7" and 130 pounds, you're pretty much the textbook-example lifter that Rip had in mind when he designed the program in the first place.

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Um... ... ... okay?

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Zerpp
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Join date: Nov 2011
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This isn't really modified. Rip actually suggests throwing in pullups and rows when you feel the need to further stress the body. You've kept it simple which is perfect.

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alexus
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Join date: Feb 2010
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yeah.

i read the thread title and was like 'goddammit you can't alter it can still call it 'starting strength''

but then i read your 'modifications' and i'm pretty sure they are down on the list of ripptoe starting strength approved assistance exercises.

it isn't dumb at all to do 2x the rowing compared to the bench... especially if you have benched more frequently than you rowed before.

if progress stalls then you could play with dropping the assistance and see if you can get the main lifts moving again... or not.

i've seen far far (far far far) stupider modifications.

in fact... i kinda like yours.

maybe do some abs occasionally. just because. TVA activation. just to make sure you are optimally utilizing it on your compounds...

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caveman101
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Join date: Jan 2008
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Chris Colucci wrote:
CHiiiN wrote:
How's this modified SS, it incorporates wide grip pulls in workout A & bent over rows in workout B. All other aspects of the program are as original.

Were you not happy with the results you saw after you followed it as-written for 12-16 weeks? ;)

There's nothing technically "wrong" with way you laid it out. The only thing is that you might find your low back accumulating fatigue from three squat sessions plus deadlifts plus cleans plus bent rows each week.

At 5'7" and 130 pounds, you're pretty much the textbook-example lifter that Rip had in mind when he designed the program in the first place.

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Um... ... ... okay?


If he eats right, he will adapt to the stress. It's only 45 reps per week

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Chris Colucci
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caveman101 wrote:
If he eats right, he will adapt to the stress. It's only 45 reps per week

If he eats right, he will adapt to the stress.

If he eats right.

If.

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caveman101
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EAT

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alexus
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and sleep. make sure you sleep lots.

i recommend rotisserie chickens after squats.

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