Would like to add a couple exercises to Starting Strength program

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  1. Tof-Corey

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    I am currently doing the 'Original Starting Strength Program' which consists of:

    Squats 3x5
    Bench Press 3x5
    Dead Lift 1x5

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    Squats 3x5
    press 3x5
    power cleans 5x3

    I do not have the second part of cleans down and will practice once I feel more comfortable with dead lifts(at least that's my plan) and I replaced it with Rows because I like them.

    What are some other excercises I could do. I suck at dips and don't have the ability to do chin/pull ups, though I intend to invest in a pull up bar when I become a little stronger. I would like to add 1-2 excercises per routine(a/b)
     
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    might as well just stick to the routine
     
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    :hs: I don't see a harm in adding an exercise or two. Could be completely wrong.
     
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    cause you are squating and doing big compound movements 3 times a week and moving up in weight every workout. i would just do it as written until you stall
     
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    ok, fair enough.
     
  6. Drilldo

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    +1 for doing it as Rip intends. A word about the dips/pullups though, they are really fantastic exercises. Even Rip says you can add them in to SS with no problems. I'm not sure if you meant you are not physically able to do them or not, but if that is the case try negatives. I'll admit there was a time when I couldn't do them either but I worked hard and it and now they're a staple of my routine. Also on the pullups, experiment with different grips (pull up is a prone grip, palms facing away from you). Try chins (palms towards you, or supine) and also most gyms have the two parallel grips which I believe is called hammer, although I could be wrong about that. If nothing else be diligent with your negatives and if your gym as an assisted dip/pullup machine make use of that as well.
     
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    Didn't he say something to the extent of like--if you add extra exercises, you are no longer doing Starting Strength? I also remembered something like it's OK to add a few accessory lifts on Fridays...
     
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    add another set of deadlifts or 2 and you won't want to add anything else
     
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    it's written that way for a reason. just stick to plan
     
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    I don't have the book in front of me (it's sitting next to my toilet and for once I'm not posting from there) but if I'm not mistaken he specifically mentions adding dips and pullups, I believe they are the exception to what you're thinking of.
     
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    Squats 3x5
    Bench Press 3x5
    Dead Lift 1x5
    ADD: dips 2x7

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    Squats 3x5
    press 3x5
    power cleans 5x3
    ADD: pullups 2x7

    I know you said you don't like them but you better learn to like them.
     
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