Strength program- am I intermediate now/ yet?
Some of you may be aware that I partook in the stronglifts 5x5 program for a good proportion of last year. Some of the supplementary exercises I didn't do because I was too fat for chin ups/ pull ups at the time and even though it said attempt them, I am a vain creature and there was many hotties in the university gym in which I trained, so it was either do a few shitty chin ups, or concentrate on putting the big plates on my back for solid squats. Either way, if you had been following my blog in the VIP section, you would have seen around November last year I reached 100kg squats, then had to stop because my alcoholism needed treatment.
Throughout the start of the year I toyed at the local tiny gym, by toyed I mean hit a heavy bag, hit the weights for more aesthetic purposes (curls get the girls), still did squats but generally just got myself looking big and relatively fit, since part of the reason I began treating my alcoholism was because I was suddenly single. About 6 months ago I managed to quit smoking and started a relationship that saw me steadily drop off training altogether, having not trained in about 3 months for anything except intermittent pushups. Enough with the brief history...
Okay, so I am looking to start a strength program again and was going to do stronglifts 5x5. But then I thought, wait a minute, stronglifts 5x5 is for beginners, am I still a beginner? Is there a "bridging to intermediate" program for someone a little out of the game, but who ultimately knows decent technique and still has remnants of strength from training, even if it is going to kill him for the first couple of days? It's like repeating a class in high school, even though I passed.
I've heard of rippletoes, not sure what the go is there. Anyone know or have alternative suggestions?
PS, I am not as fat as I was last year, having lost about 10-15kg, so supplementary exercises will be attempted.