Thoughts on adding exercises to StrongLifts
Was just curious what other people thought about adding additional exercises to programs like Stonglifts or Starting Strength. My reasons for asking are twofold: One, I had ACDF surgery back in March and am back to training, plus I have subacromial impingment in the shoulder so my orthopedic doc recommended certain shoulder exercises. Second, I've been doing alot of research on different strength programs and came across Eric Cressey and bought his book Maximum Strength. It's a bit different than Strong Lifts or Starting Strength in that he uses additional exercises besides the Squat, Bench, Deadlift, etc., and actually uses front squats, box squats, etc. Also included in his program are things like seated rows, one arm dumbbell presses..you get the idea.
I do some additional exercises besides the squats, benches, etc. in StrongLifts...sometimes adding seated rows, pulldowns, etc. Again with my shoulder issue which is improving, it's real important for me to keep my back strong and conditioned, as well as the scapular muscles, rear delts, lower traps, etc.
Just was curious what other people do with their training and whether or not they have added additional exercises.
For years, before coming across programs like starting strength and strong lifts, I was doing the typical 8-12 rep training which now I see is totally useless for someone practicing martial arts. Plus, those old training routines really set you up for injury with bad advice like keep your head up during squats and barbell rows rather than in a neutral position, etc...no wonder my neck was a mess.