dyecal wrote:Hmm well after reading a ton a stuff, it seems SS is way too good to pass up. It'll probably take me a while to get the money to pay for everything though (barbell + however many weights I need + squat rack + bench).
You can probably get a pretty good Olympic weight set cheap - I'd keep an eye out for garage sales, estate sales, and check Craig's list, freecycle, and used sporting good store if you have them nearby.
I'd go with:
- copy of Starting Strength
- barbell and weights
in that order. In the meantime, do that Stronglifts 5 x 5 with dumbbells or use Stu's advice about your own workout. Or get a place to do pullups and try Simplefit. You may as well get started...a base of fitness before you start squatting isn't going to hurt you. Just try not to learn any bad habits. :)
dyecal wrote: And should I invest the money into weightlifting shoes?
I'd leave that for last. You can do it barefoot if you don't have otherwise suitable shoes. My "weightlifting shoes" are Chuck Taylor All-Star low-tops; before that, it was bare feet.
dyecal wrote:And one last thing, a lot of people have been saying that you dont need a spotter for the program. Which I can see is feasible with all but the bench press. If it's too much weight for squats, you can easily disengage the set. However, with a bench press...if it's too much weight, how are you supposed to get yourself out of that situation? I'm sure there has to be some technique...and would love to know it :D
Until I started with my strength coach, I'd never benched with a spotter before. There are a couple adjustments you can do:
- Use Dumbbells instead of a barbell. A good exercise in its own right, maybe superior to the barbell (just harder to fine-tune the load), and it's easier to ditch the weights if they are too heavy.
- Safety first. Don't ever, ever, ever do the guillotine.
http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Pec ... Press.html
Ever. Mess that one up, and you're dropping the weight on your neck.
- Go a little on the light side. You're going to have to unrack the weight yourself, so anything you can't push up from above your head and pull into position, you can't bench. That'll be self-limiting. In addition, you should err on the side of conservatism. If you're not sure if you can do 3 x 5 x 135, go with 125 or 130 instead. It's the hardest lift to bail on, so take care on loading it.
- Worse comes to worse...lower the bar to your chest. Then roll it down your body to your thighs. Sit up. From there, you can tilt the bar to one side and put it down, or roll it to your knees and stand up with it and put it down.
I've had to do all of those, especially the last one. I once got pinned, by myself, under 85# of weight. Yes, that's not a typo. A 45# bar plus 2 x 10# weights per side. I was aiming for a double, and it came down and just sat on my chest. I had to roll it off me, and the knurling scraped up my t-shirt and my thighs. It was pretty sad. But it works.
I hope that's helpful.