Questions about the weightlifting programs at StrongLifts.com. The site is known for its StrongLifts 5x5 beginner strength training program and the Madcow 5x5 advanced weightlifting program.

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Stronglifts - Why is my bench press/row progress lagging behind?

I have been following the Stronglifts program since February of this year, so I've been at it about 6 months. I had tried the program before, but I had been away from it for some time, so I started ...
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Stronglifts 5x5: an effective program?

I was recently looking through the Stronglifts 5x5 workout, and I was wondering about its effectiveness. The program has some lofty claims (most do), has a ton of anecdotal evidence supporting it, and ...
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How can I train for a 5K while strength training with StrongLifts 5x5 and minimizing detrimental effects on either?

I followed the Couch-to-5K training program several months ago in preparation for a 5K race but have not run at all since then. I'd like to get back into it by doing Couch-to-5K again. I'm doing ...
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Are there papers about Starting Strength or Strong lifts?

I read a bit abut these programs, I see some results in forums and in internet in general, but any reasonably good method and proper nutrition can get results. I would like to know if: Are there ...
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Information overload makes me unsure of how to lose fat weight

Good morning, I am an avid lurker here and I try to answers that I feel confidently knowledgeable about to answer but after much reading between answers to my own questions, other questions, and ...
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Stronglifts 5x5 Deadlifts: Am I supposed to increase weight with only 1x5 each time?

I was looking at this program and it seems that deadlifting only 1 set of 5 repetitions each working day is too little to achieve the goal of adding weight each time. Or have I misunderstood it?
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Do I need to gain weight if I'm overweight? (Starting StrongLifts program)

I'm 5'6 and 176 lbs with a high body fat %. I am overweight (with man boobs and big belly with love handles) and just started the StrongLifts 5x5 program. While reading the starter pdf included, ...
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How should I recover if I accidentally deadlifted 5x5 instead of 1x5?

I forgot that in the StrongLifts program you only had to deadlift 1x5 and accidentally did 5x5, will this hurt my recovery? Should I skip my next deadlift during my next workout B?
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Exercises that can replace squats?

I've got a friend that's somewhat interested in doing Stronglifts, but for personal reasons she's utterly terrified of tearing up her knees from doing squats. I've tried to convince her otherwise but ...
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Need help with lower back pain while on stronglifts 5x5

I just started doing strong lifts 5x5 program and am paranoid about hurting myself. I am almost 300 lbs, and haven't done much exercise other than walking for the past long as I can remember. I was ...
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How to handle a break from StrongLifts?

I have to take a two week break from my Stronglifts program, and I won't have access to the gym or any weights. On the break I will be doing occasional body weight workouts, but for the most part I am ...
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Need help with squatting on stronglift 5x5

I am a total beginner to weightlifting, and I am trying to do the stronglifts 5x5 program. I am extremely overweight, and the biggest challenge for me is that I don't seem to be capable of doing a ...
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Is it OK to substitute Front Squats for Back Squats in StrongLifts 5x5?

I explained my workout, which is quite close to StrongLifts, to my physiotherapist. She told me I'd better avoid Back Squats and do Front Squats instead, because back squats and things like ...
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When doing barbell rows should I have an overhand grip or underhand grip?

I just started doing the Strong-lifts program this week, and while researching the correct movement for each exercise I got a little confused with the barbell row. in some videos I saw it being done ...
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A linear progression v-taper program

I've now done four Starting Strength workouts and admire the linear progressive nature of it and really look forward to each workout. I'm not sure however it's the best choice for addressing my ...
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Overhead press alternative to bench press?

I do my lifting at home and don't have a suitable bench. I'm currently using two ordinary monoblock chairs as my "bench" and I don't think I'm doing my bench presses right because my arms are ...
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How should you warm up for stronglifts sessions?

From the StrongLifts book: Never jump straight into your work weight, warm-up first. As an example, let's say your work weight for the Squat is 135lbs. Then here's how your training would look ...
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Toning/Cutting while doing Stronglifts(5x5)

I am a 19 year old male and trying to lose some fat (got a bit of love handles). I'm gonna guess I'm around 18-20% body fat. I've been doing stronglifts for 2 months ish to get stronger, I'm at 255 ...
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Should I drop my deadlift to 190# while switching to StrongLifts if I can already deadlift 425# x1?

I've seen a ton of variations of the question but never found one that answered my question. I understand why only one set of dead lifts because of the squats. My question is why is the weight on the ...
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General mobility help for Strong Lifts?

I've seen a lot of remarks in different places about mobility work to help you to achieve the full range of motion in your lifts. Are there general mobility workouts that one can do to help them with ...
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How to proceed with StrongLifts after illness

I've been doing StrongLifts for about a month now, but managed to catch the flu this week. Been horizontal for roughly a week. How should I proceed? Start from scratch? Move on to the next ...
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Losing weight with Stronglifts 5x5?

At 22 years old and 325 lbs (mostly fat) I rather desperately want (and need) to lose weight. However, I'm not a big fan of running. I do some biking, but I've been reading up more about weight ...
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Stronglifts Adaptation Questions

I'm currently doing StrongLifts however I have changed the bench & squat parameters to 5x8 instead of 5x5. I've also added in some accessory stuff (flies, curls, skull crushers, pull-ups on days I ...
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What should be the correct time to wear a belt (if any)?

My current body weight is 57 KG (125.6 pounds) and am 179 cms tall. I am on stronglift 5*5 and my squat weight has reached 110 pounds and deadlift at 155 pounds, while the weights for other ...
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Took a 6 week break from Stronglifts. Now what

After taking a 6-8 week break from Stronglifts, what is the appropriate way to get back into it? Here is my issue, I was incredibly faithful to going to the gym 3 times per week for about three ...
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Pendlay Row: It doesnt connect the lats

This is a part of the StrongLift 5*5 Program, where one workout is Squats, Bench Press, Pendlay Row and the other is Squats, OHP and Deadlift.The weight increases by 5 pounds on every workout. While ...
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Differences between round plates and octagonal plates?

From the Stronglifts 5x5 Report (Page 44): By the way, if your gym doesn't have round plates […], switch gym. You can't Deadlift/Row correctly with octagonal plates. What makes round plates ...
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Need exercise recommendations for abs, triceps and biceps to incorporate into Stronglifts 5x5

I am doing Stronglifts 5x5. I want to incorporate exercises for abs, biceps and triceps because I want to have a stronger core for the main lifts and I want to avoid T-Rex arms. My current plan is to ...
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Stronglift's Squat method bad for knees?

I have been following Stronglifts 5x5 method for a week now. I am way too overweight: Age: 21yrs, Weight: 95kg, Height: 5ft6in. I started most of the exercises with lower weights than recommended by ...
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combining isolation exercises with a 5x5 program

i am looking to start doing a 5x5 (stronglifts, specifically), but i have a grade 2 AC joint separation in my shoulder from a while ago. my physical therapist had me doing isolations to help ...
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What additional exercises do I add to the Madcow 5x5 program?

I just started the MadCow program and appreciate the approach to weekly improvements and regimentation - BUT, I'm used to doing 15-18 exercises per workout (3-4 times a week for about 1 1/2 hours) - ...
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Strength training for health tips for an endomorph?

I am about to embark on a strength training program, most likely Starting Strength possibly blended with aspects of Strong Lifts. I am a 32yr old male who is out of shape (weak and terrible cardio) ...
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Fitness app advice?

StackExchange, I'm new here and have spent the past hour searching the site for potential answers to my question, to no avail. I did find this list of fitness apps: Creating a compendium of fitness ...
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Stronglifts 5x5 and Rowing

I have started to try out the StrongLifts 5x5 program. Started a week ago. But, I have a rowing machine at home that I'd like to keep using. So, what I'm wondering is Should I? Or will it ruin ...
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Rest between warm-up sets

In a strength program (e.g., 3x5 or 5x5) where one warms up to their work weight with non-taxing sets, say: 2 x 5 x 20% work weight 1 x 5 x 40% work weight 1 x 3 x 60% work weight 1 x 2 x 80% work ...
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Stronglifts 5x5 while on a caloric deficit?

I've been training on and off for the past two years, but only consistently for the past 9 months and currently I'm 185lbs (6'2"). However I wasn't following a specific program and I was only using a ...
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Is my modified Stronglifts 5X5 a balanced one?

I have undergoing rehab for knee, elbow and shoulder injuries right now for having used poor form and more importantly pushing myself hard for too little muscle mass that I have. Previously I was ...
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Stronglifts 5x5: Is it that important to keep a ratio of different weights lifted in different exercises?

I only have 36kg total weight at home, can't afford to buy more. I'm joining a gym in September. Will it harm my body proportions to lift 36kg on EVERY exercise in Stronglifts, or must they ...
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Does not starting with the empty bar in StrongLifts 5x5 really hinder your ability to add weight every workout?

First, I'd like to supplement with general info about SL 5x5 so I can put my question into context. Sometimes in the newsletter emails I get from Mehdi where people ask him random questions about ...
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How does a 5x5 program work on a cut?

It seems to be the consensus that on a cut you should not change your training program and continue to lift heavy. Although it is also commonly stated that the body cannot gain muscle and loose fat at ...
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Technique Improvement for StrongLifts [Form Check]

After reading answers to my previous question (Struggling with barbell row and overhead press - StrongLift), I decided to record my sessions and seek advice on my form. Squat: back view, side view ...
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Deadlift relatively low compared to squat. Where am I weak?

My squat is currently 235 (see form check video) but my deadlift is suffering badly. Before I went on a 2 week vacation at work (where my gym is) I was pulling 225 with pretty good form but now I'm ...
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Just found a hemorrhoid. Should I lift this friday?

I'm 23 and god only knows how this could've happened. It could either be from the other day when I got trigger happy and evacuated my bowels quickly(I wasn't bearing down hard I just push it all out ...
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What should i do if I miss a 5x5 session?

I just started doing the 5x5 Stronglifts workout. I ended up missing my third workout because of some personally reasons. What should I do? Should I go ahead and work out the day after I missed, or ...
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How to create the leg drive and keep shoulder blades together while bench pressing?

I have heard various powerlifters on youtube to use the leg drive(1) and keep your shoulder blades tucked in or together throughout the rep(2) (just as we do on the low bar squats) while doing the ...
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What should I do since my bent over row form was completely wrong?

So, because I'm a bit silly and I guess I misread the description and never looked at any videos for it, I've been doing bent over rows completely wrong. Instead of having my back mostly parallel ...
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Incorporating flexibility exercises into StrongLifts workout

I am currently doing the Stronglifts 5x5 workout program, and I was wanting to incorporate a stretching routine into my workout that would both: Supplement my lifts by stretching the used muscle ...
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Correcting squat form, mild knee pain, numb thumb

Basically started with the low bar squat (following StrongLift 5*5) but being very skinny (179 cm, 58 KG) the bar doesn't rest at the shelf created in scapula as described by Mark Rippetoe in this ...
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Struggling with barbell row and overhead press - StrongLift

Its been a month and a half since I started following SL 5*5 after a gap of around 6 months from the gym. Having started from the empty bar, I have reached: Squat - 110 lbs BP - 75 lbs Row - 80 lbs ...
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StrongLifts suggestions for women

Are there are programs similar to the StrongLifts program for women? Or the StrongLifts tailored for women?