would it be overkill to add an isolation exercise or two per workout to a heavy compound routine such as rippetoes?
It depends on you. Most people should be fine doing that. Try adding them to your friday workout to start since you have an extra day of rest before the monday workout.
How is your form on the big 3? Part of those routines is learning to do the exercises properly.
Last edited by Bupp; 03-29-2008 at 11:00 AM.
i am currently working on my form. as of right now i'm getting effective workouts but i'm sure i could improve my form. ive been reading starting strength and i was curious how people felt about adding a few exercises. i understand the routine revolves around compound lifts that hit many muscles but i feel as if the volume is a bit low and i could benefit from an added exercise or two. considering i am 18 years old i figured recovery rate would work in my favor, correct me if i'm wrong please.
I think adding 15 minutes of work at the end of each day is a good idea. You'll know pretty quickly if it is adversely affecting you.
So at the end of each session, add in 15 minutes of abs, or curls, or calves, or shrugs... whatever. Have some fun, but train with purpose.
Last edited by Paul Stagg; 03-29-2008 at 12:21 PM.
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I added 2 sets of bicep curls on the first day, 2 sets of abs on the second, and 2 sets of triceps on the third. I do them with higher reps.
Really as long as you dont work yourself in too hard, you can only benefit. Ripptoe's can get brutal, so watch out.