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comment What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?
@VPeric As HerrKaput says, nothing is irreplaceable. I think that the lower body, particularly the posterior chain, needs an external load to create meaningful resistance. Hip extension via KB swings/cleans/snatches provides it. I also found that unweighted pistols very quickly became like push-ups: strengthy, but also endurancey. But as gymnasts and the BarStarzz show, one can get impressively strong and capable (particularly in the upper body) with just a pull-up bar and no more.
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comment What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?
Excellent point about "no irreplaceable exercise" in the 2nd paragraph.
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comment My knees come together when I squat. Is this ok?
When you say you've been following Starting Strength, do you mean the book or some other source? The book is clear about being 3x5 instead of 5x5 (though I made that mistake too for a few workouts), and talks about knees caving in. How often have you been deloading?
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comment Can glycogen only be used by the muscle in which it is stored in?
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comment What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?
@HerrKaputt Several versions of SS include chin-ups and pull-ups, or power cleans.
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comment What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?
@MikeS Uh, no, I just found the book to do its job in a way that resonated with me. I plug other programs and authors, too, in the appropriate contexts--Kurz on exercise science, GreySkull LP for upper-body enthusiast novices, paleo/Weston A. Price diets, and so on. If Mark Sisson would write a to-the-letter "do this if you're a novice" workout program, I'd probably plug that more than SS.
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answered How many sets and reps should I do as a beginner?
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comment How many sets and reps should I do as a beginner?
My interpretation, even accepting the studies they use (which I dispute on unrelated grounds similar to Jonathon Sullivan (PDF)) is that "loads corresponding to 1-6 RM was most conducive to increasing maximal dynamic strength." I think the 8-12 recommendation is colored by their desire to avoid injury instead of most efficiently developing attributes: "For novice individuals, it has been suggested that moderate loading (50-60% of 1 RM or less) be used initially as learning proper form, and technique is paramount."