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I`m new to Dr. Squat`s website. Anyway, as the question asks, is it OK for a BEGINNER (as in new to exercise) in general to start with a 5RM x 5 set routine?
I personally would say NO due to issues with SAFETY (underdeveloped STABILIZER muscles and such, as well as a general lack of KINAESTHETIC awareness (especially with more "technical" movements like a push press for instance).
I am actually just trying to understand the reasoning behind the popularity of the 5x5 for BEGINNERS. I`ve seen something from MARK RIPPTOE using 5x5 for beginners on BODYBUILDING.COM.
As an ex-powerlifter, i know what a SINCERE 5RM feels like, and one mistake (say on a squat)MAY cause INJURY!
So, why 5x5 for BEGINNERS?