So my gym buddy and I have been doing Stronglifts 5x5 for 2 weeks now, and I've got to say I'm shocked. We were busting our asses for about an hour a day doing a mix of cardio and strength, and losing weight at a decent rate (1.5-2 lbs each a week) but it was kind of rough getting in there so much. Well, he had mentioned this program, and all of it's supposed benefits and gains and my first thought, (being the skeptic that I am) was "Yeah, pull the other and it plays Jethro Tull." But, after looking into it, I decided to give it a shot for the recommended 12 weeks. While too early to sing its praises, I have to say that thus far, I am IMPRESSED. We're in and out of the gym in about 30 minutes, and it's only three times a week. We're both still losing weight at the same rate we were when we had cardio, and we've actually seen genuine physiology changes. (Nothing huge, but little stuff like an extra tone mark on an arm, or a little roll disappearing.)
Now then, I've struggled with weight for quite awhile, and while this certainly seems promising, I'm still wary and a bit of a disbeliever. So I'm going to throw my stats out for now, and I'll give this a little update every 2 weeks or so, and we'll see where I am after the three months. In the interest of keeping as few variables as possible, I'll be keeping to the same diet I've had for some time. (The only change then will be adding this exercise program.)
Truthfully, I'm quite hopeful. I've seen more results from this in two weeks than I did doing isolated and split sets for months at a time, and it's so simple it makes sense for it to work: but I never take anything at face value, so here's to a bit of optimism!
Starting Weight: 275 lbs
Current Weight: 265 lbs
Starting Jean Size: 42x30
Most recent 1RM: 200 lbs
This is really inspiring... I'm getting back to the gym myself and am looking for a new workout, and this is exactly the kinda stuff I wanna go for. Thanks for posting!!
Congrats on the progress! I did SL 5x5 for about 6 months a few years back. It's very intense and definitely works if strength is what you're after.