keltik wrote:yo DigIt what kind of calorie requirements are you talking about? how many weeks in were you? did you try the deloads?
I really wanted to hit the 1g Protein per 1lb of body weight per day. Strong Lifts and it's oaf brother Starting Strength push you to be upping your weight 5-10lbs every session and that requires a ton of food to pack on the gains they want you to achieve. I calculated it to being roughly 3k-3500cal/day and I couldn't do it.
I was only 6 weeks in when I failed hard. I hadn't eaten enough throughout the day and went into my training very hungry. I had my Whey shake ready but my meager meal earlier in the day didn't prepare me. I get into the Gym (I usually workout at home but was checking out a local Gym my friend loves) and I work my Squats (180lbs so 15lbs over my body weight at the time). That goes well and notice people are looking at me like I was crazy because I was using that weight holder called a Squat Rack. Seriously had to wait for a guy to finish curling in it before I could start. I get to bench and just gas hard. I was trying to put up 155 and gassed so I kept stripping the weight down until I could get through my 5x5. Needless to say I was light headed through my BB Rows and floated home.
When I got home I felt like shit for a week. I had stopped getting DOMS weeks earlier but this time it was like my first week and I couldn't move. I knew I fucked up bad and was probably pretty close to doing some real damage so I took a few weeks off to reevaluate what I wanted. The gains were awesome and if I didn't have a problem with the eating I really feel I could have gotten some real serious gains form the program. That said I think I got just under 10 lbs of gains from that 6 weeks and was plateauing soon anyway. My goal going in was a 2 plate squat and a body weight bench and I was on the right track so I know SL5x5 is the one for me, I just need to work out how to get the food in me that I need for my gains.
Right now I know compound lifts are part of my life and squats are the single greatest lift in the world. In the past few weeks I have been getting back on the horse but much slower this time but any advice from more advanced/experienced lifters would be helpful. I have a AWESOME weight set in my basement with a squat rack and everything so I have all the tools I need expect experience.
A question for you more advanced people: I have been thinking of going from back squats to front squats because I want the load to be more on my quads than my glutes. Does anyone have any thing to say on front vs. back squats as far as which is better in the long run or are they both good? FWIW I feel my form is better and I can get more ass to grass with fronts and I know breaking parallel is key to keep injury at bay.
Darmok and Gilad at Tanagra. Shaka, when the walls fell.