I'm looking for some guidance in my strength training. I wanted to embark on Rippetoe's "Starting Strength" but was having horrible recovery on the squats and, after 3 weeks, have decided to try and pursue something different, but similar. Was looking for input on the following:
I think what you'll find is that people recommend you stick to the program - it is designed in a specific way for a reason. That said, however, you need to be in tune with your body and make adjustments as required. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with your altered routine, but a lot of it will depend on your sets/reps/weights. It does strike me as odd that your benching M/F, but only dead-lifting Friday. But again, your call.
6'1"/203 (down 12 pounds since 5/2012)
2-mile run: 13:23
Why dont you just do the program as written but cut out the squats on Wednesday? That should help with recovery
Did you do the typical slow ramp up? Most people shouldn't be fatigued by week 3 and shouldn't even be near 100% weights then. Also sleep and food? Hopefully no other stressful exercise--sports, conditioning etc.
Agree with others that your routine looks fine, just want to make sure you are following the finer points of the program.
While many people recommend starting strength I would take a look at the routine at the top of the page, HCT-12.
H: 5'7" W:185
Goals: 495 -315 -585
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Starting Strength is an inferior program written for the idiot masses. If you really want to get big and strong don't bother with it.