For the discussion of bodybuilding and lifting for aesthetics.
If you do Starting Strength I'd recommend adding pull-ups or inverted rows to it once or twice per week. Kind of leaves some muscles you want to bulk up underdeveloped otherwise. Adding either of those mostly means you will plateau a bit sooner due to increases volume but you'll see more well rounded physique development as well.
@FrancoAP I have not tried the stonglifts method, but tried something similar and it is effective, if you lift and eat properly.
If you are just looking to do compound movements, then stronglifts or starting strength is great for that area. Stonglifts and Starting strength are the same, just stronglifts is 5x5 and Starting Strength is 3x5
If you want to do compound moments, isolation movements, cardio, and train your abs, then i suggest looking at Bigger Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews, there is a book and also a 1 year challenge with the same concepts as stronglifts and starting strength, but its your preference on what you want, you can incorporate cardio and abs into stronglifts or strarting strength.
Just try one of these programs one at a time and be patient.
Also make sure you watch videos on how to do these lifts such as Bench Press, Deadlifts, and Squats, since you been doing calisthenics for awhile and you need to get your body use to these movements because you can hurt yourself very quick if you do not properly execute these moves.Read More
Hey guys! Has anyone here tried the Stronglifts approach? 5X5... I practice regularly calisthenics, am 26 and my strength level is decent (can do up to 20 pull ups, 30 ring pushups 20 chin ups and 14 dips - everything without weight added that is :( )... So my goal is to shift to weitghtlifting soon enough.
@Kloi Right, what I meant to say was jollily rotund of course ;D I myself am down to a 4 pack now, sucks a bit but I'll cut again in a month or so before spring arrives.
Congrats on landing a job at hooters. Progressivism really has changed everything hasn't it? XD
I didn't say fat, but I regularly do all the time at work. The girls (first and only male server) hate it as I'm still leaner, with a visible six pack and a wee bit of 3D bicep vein.
I'm just not cut to the gills anymore and I miss it.
@Kloi Nice, that's mostly what I do too. I have been implementing crossovers more now though since I think have enough size now. It feels like the mid chest contracts more with those trying that mid chest line going more ya know? I like the cable extension for the capper. MAchine fucks my joints for some reason.
I feel ya on the fatness. It's winter bro, happens. I'm getting lazy too. Been dating the same girl for like month now, been on a few side dates but idk, lost some motivation for chasing new ones, she's pretty chill and the sex is very good. I'm also about 10 or so lbs over where I like to be, lifts also slightly weaker :/ Squat is going stronk tho, mostly due to newbie gains.