Question S&S + Weight room?

WabaR

First Timer
Hi there,

I am a longtime reader of Strongfirst forums but I first time poster so please let me know if my post in unclear or unfit based on your guidelines!

I reached the Simple goal of S&S a few years ago but fell of a bit after the birth of a few (3) kids. Over that time I haven't been too active except for the 1-2 days a week I supervise the weight room at school. The coaches actually supervise the kids but a teacher needs to be in the room at all times so I am allowed to go workout. I am there 75 minutes 1-2 days a week and have done 5x5 stronglifts for bench and back squat for the past two years. I really enjoy it and have made great gains strength wise but I am also getting fatter.

I'd like to work on my diet and go back to S&S for fat loss but here is my question. How would you recommend I use my weight room time each week? Will continuing to bench and squat make S&S less effective? Should I do cardio instead? The weight room has powerlifting equipment with platforms, cardio equipment, and basic machines but no Kettlebells.

Thanks for the recommendation.
 

Tim Randolph

Triple-Digit Post Count
Welcome!

Your post is well in line with what I have seen on the forum, so no worries about form here:)

in answer to your question, I think your goals are what should determine how you use your time. If you want to keep getting really strong, I can imagine doing S&S four times a week and keeping your current routine. If weight loss and overall fitness is the priority then I can see doing S&S 5-6 times a week with some easy aerobic work on the treadmill. I love uphill walking for this, but easy running is a great option too.
 
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Mark Limbaga

> 2k Posts
Elite Certified Instructor
@Pavel Macek gave a good guideline..

Practice until you can unlock the simple standard (timeless simple is sufficient IMHO)

Then practice 1-2 lifts PTTP or easy strength style twice a week
 

Pavel Macek

> 3k Posts
Master Certified Instructor
Hi there,

I am a longtime reader of Strongfirst forums but I first time poster so please let me know if my post in unclear or unfit based on your guidelines!

I reached the Simple goal of S&S a few years ago but fell of a bit after the birth of a few (3) kids. Over that time I haven't been too active except for the 1-2 days a week I supervise the weight room at school. The coaches actually supervise the kids but a teacher needs to be in the room at all times so I am allowed to go workout. I am there 75 minutes 1-2 days a week and have done 5x5 stronglifts for bench and back squat for the past two years. I really enjoy it and have made great gains strength wise but I am also getting fatter.

I'd like to work on my diet and go back to S&S for fat loss but here is my question. How would you recommend I use my weight room time each week? Will continuing to bench and squat make S&S less effective? Should I do cardio instead? The weight room has powerlifting equipment with platforms, cardio equipment, and basic machines but no Kettlebells.

Thanks for the recommendation.
- meet the Simple standard first (again) - Timeless is enough.
- focus on your diet - that is the key in your fat loss. Of course, steak+veggies and swings+get-ups are great combo.
- when you meet "Timeless Simple", post again, and I will give you a simple blueprint.
 
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