I've been lifting on and off for 5 or 6 years and I've never done anything like the starting strength program.
So I was just wondering if it would be a bad idea for someone in my position to use the routine or if I should stay with the intermediate work
How are you defining intermediate?
Many tend to call themselves intermediates, when in reality they are still novices.
Novice as defined as someone who can progress daily, work out to work out with heavier weight. An intermediate is one who needs to program their progression on a week to week basis.
If you haven't maxed out your daily linear progression, you are still classified as a novice (at least by Rippetoe standards) and you should program as such.
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I would recommend you try the new routine. If you want to see new growth change your routine at least every 4-6 weeks. Don't get caught up in the definition of what is intermediate and advanced. Anyone who has been working out for over five years can adapt to an advanced program. and will see new growth as a result.
Also, I could have been doing bicep curls and tricep kickbacks for 5 years and that is by no one's definition an intermediate lifter ready to go on to advanced lifting. Time does not define your level of advancement.
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Goals as of 2/08/11 (current) goal:
Squat: (505) 535, Deadlift: (475) 500, Bench: (325) 350 Total: 1305 (1385)
BW: 225 as of 02/01/2011 Goal: 205 by May 1, 2011
If you've been "on and off', you are very likely not even close to intermediate. Do SS as written and get as much as you can out of it, which could be quite a bit if you haven't done alot of heavy squatting and deadlifting before. Just make sure you follow the actual SS program, meaning doing the progression correctly, resetting when necessary, and getting in plenty of extra calories and protein. Don't be one of those people who does the program halfway, then says they stalled after 3 weeks.