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hit4me

Florida, USA

was talking to a gentlemen in his 70s that improved his health and physique performing exercises according to the book "barbell prescription", I believe it is 3 exercises (squat, deadlift and bench press) 5 sets of 5 (3 days/week).....was curious if any of the older gents on this site have tried this routine and what kind of results came of it.

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Ray200

hit4me wrote:
was talking to a gentlemen in his 70s that improved his health and physique performing exercises according to the book "barbell prescription", I believe it is 3 exercises (squat, deadlift and bench press) 5 sets of 5 (3 days/week).....was curious if any of the older gents on this site have tried this routine and what kind of results came of it.



The authors, John Sullivan and Andy Baker, are both "followers" of Mark Rippetoe and Starting Strength.
If you go onto the SS forum you'll see lots of info by both of them.
Really, the book is just basic exercises (don't forget the Press and the Clean) with the time-honoured 5x5 forming much, albeit not all, of the routines. Not groundbreaking but eminently sensible.
I've only read excerpts so I can't profess detailed knowledge of it. But the original SS was quite an enjoyable read and pragmatic in outlook. BP is similarly inclined. I'm just in my 40s (!) so I'm trying to avoid anything that highlights my age ... for a while at least.

Cheers,
Ray
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

hit4me wrote:
was talking to a gentlemen in his 70s that improved his health and physique performing exercises according to the book "barbell prescription", I believe it is 3 exercises (squat, deadlift and bench press) 5 sets of 5 (3 days/week).....was curious if any of the older gents on this site have tried this routine and what kind of results came of it.



== Scott===
I?m wondering if they had ever worked out before or just switched to this routine ? Almost any sort of routine is better than nothing if working out was new to them?
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hit4me

Florida, USA

entsminger wrote:
hit4me wrote:
was talking to a gentlemen in his 70s that improved his health and physique performing exercises according to the book "barbell prescription", I believe it is 3 exercises (squat, deadlift and bench press) 5 sets of 5 (3 days/week).....was curious if any of the older gents on this site have tried this routine and what kind of results came of it.


== Scott===
I?m wondering if they had ever worked out before or just switched to this routine ? Almost any sort of routine is better than nothing if working out was new to them?


the fella I was talking to you was a machine guy...then he went to the barbell prescription and he feels more flexible and stronger
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

hit4me wrote:
entsminger wrote:
hit4me wrote:
was talking to a gentlemen in his 70s that improved his health and physique performing exercises according to the book "barbell prescription", I believe it is 3 exercises (squat, deadlift and bench press) 5 sets of 5 (3 days/week).....was curious if any of the older gents on this site have tried this routine and what kind of results came of it.


== Scott===
I?m wondering if they had ever worked out before or just switched to this routine ? Almost any sort of routine is better than nothing if working out was new to them?

the fella I was talking to you was a machine guy...then he went to the barbell prescription and he feels more flexible and stronger


==Scott==
I could see that happening.
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sirloin

hit4me wrote:
entsminger wrote:
hit4me wrote:
was talking to a gentlemen in his 70s that improved his health and physique performing exercises according to the book "barbell prescription", I believe it is 3 exercises (squat, deadlift and bench press) 5 sets of 5 (3 days/week).....was curious if any of the older gents on this site have tried this routine and what kind of results came of it.


== Scott===
I?m wondering if they had ever worked out before or just switched to this routine ? Almost any sort of routine is better than nothing if working out was new to them?

the fella I was talking to you was a machine guy...then he went to the barbell prescription and he feels more flexible and stronger


Them free weights are calling to ya Dan:) Their saying "get off that hack recliner and chest supported lazy boy" lol.
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Average Al

hit4me wrote:
was talking to a gentlemen in his 70s that improved his health and physique performing exercises according to the book "barbell prescription", I believe it is 3 exercises (squat, deadlift and bench press) 5 sets of 5 (3 days/week).....was curious if any of the older gents on this site have tried this routine and what kind of results came of it.



I have that book. I thought it was well written, and has useful information if you are older and want to get into barbell training with an emphasis on moving heavy weights (relatively speaking). I (mostly) followed the program myself for several years. (I following the program in the older book by Rippetoe, with the title "Starting Strength").

The focus of the program is to get stronger in 4 core lifts: deadlift, squat, bench press, and overhead press. In the process of doing that, you will gain some muscle. How much muscle will depend on your personal history with strength training. If you are untrained, your progress may seem magical. If you are like most of the guys posting here, who have already been strength training for years, nothing magical is likely to happen (unless your prior training was really ineffective).

The advantage of the program is that It is simple and easy to follow. The disadvantage is that if you have never done these lifts and start progressing weight at the rate they suggest, you will quickly get to weights where can easily hurt yourself because your form as a beginner is crap. So they put a lot of emphasis on signing up with a Starting Strength coach, which tends not to be cheap. (It may also strike some as self serving advice.)

Like most programs where you progressively add weight, you will eventually stop making easy progress. For older folks, that might happen after just a few months. Then you are supposed to switch to an intermediate program. I guess some older people continue to make progress for awhile on their intermediate programs, but it requires more dedication and consistency than many (myself included) can muster.

And it is fair to say that many people who post here already follow plans which embrace the core theory: to get strong, do compound barbell lifts with heavy weight. Folks like Sirloin, Stuke, and Turpin are already doing that kind of training, and have been posting here for years.
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hit4me

Florida, USA

sirloin wrote:
hit4me wrote:
entsminger wrote:
hit4me wrote:
was talking to a gentlemen in his 70s that improved his health and physique performing exercises according to the book "barbell prescription", I believe it is 3 exercises (squat, deadlift and bench press) 5 sets of 5 (3 days/week).....was curious if any of the older gents on this site have tried this routine and what kind of results came of it.


== Scott===
I?m wondering if they had ever worked out before or just switched to this routine ? Almost any sort of routine is better than nothing if working out was new to them?

the fella I was talking to you was a machine guy...then he went to the barbell prescription and he feels more flexible and stronger


Them free weights are calling to ya Dan:) Their saying "get off that hack recliner and chest supported lazy boy" lol.


hahaha, good one
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