that was no offense to you or mehdi!
i watched many of his videos and read his program. you should really stick to his program, if you have time to work out 3 times a week. where is the problem with changing the stuff between exercises? i think you could easily do the workouts of the 5x5 stronglifts program in 30-35 minutes!
but, if you like to mix in more exercises, check this thread out: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=998224
, it's the summary of a great program from rippetoe, and is based a bit on former 5x5 programs, but he reduced it to 3x5.
Just to put this into historical perspective, Bill Starr came up with a program for football teams based on a 5x5 program. MADCOW, popularized that program on the internet with variations for intermediate and advanced trainees. His programs were hosted on Geocities but when that service was taken down, Mehdi, hosted the program on his site so it wouldn't get lost.
Meanwhile, Rippetoe, who apprenticed under Bill Starr adapted the program to training beginners and developed the Starting Strength program in the gym first, then in the book. As I understand it, he has about 30 years of hands on coaching experience and is the owner of the same gym Bill Star was involved in.
Mehdi, who is first and foremost an internet entrepreneur, used those programs and blogged about it. This started about 10 years ago. He didn't invent any of it, but then never really claimed to. He then decided that a little more volume would make Stronglifts a better program than Starting Strength, so he changed it back to the original 5x5. He's had great results with this and has continued to apply feedback from users into his website. To my knowledge he has no on-hands experience with actually training anyone.
I have a great deal of respect for Rippetoe and Mehdi, but lets not forget the true genius of all those programs, Bill Starr, and also MADCOW for bringing it to the attention of the wider community first. It's all too easy for those coming recently to the game to forget those that came first.http://oldschooltrainer.com/tag/bill-starr/