Thursday, December 15, 2011

Do You Overcomplicate Things?

Cameron from Australia asks...

Hi, im an aussie who just started using your StrongLifts 5x5 method and am extremely keen to see its effects over the next 12 weeks.

i do however have one concern, that is over here the weights and measures system is different. for my increases is it ok to use 2.5 kg instead of 5 lbs? i've looked at the conversions and its not exact, for example 20 pounds tends to only be 9 kg.

i would really appreciate your input on this matter.

Thank you


Yes, increasing the weight by 2.5kg every workout is perfectly fine if you use the metric system like I do. Sure this isn't exactly 5lb rather 5.51lb, but the point is to add a small increment every time. 2.5kg weight increases are proven to work with StrongLifts Members using the metric system.

I'm sure someone out there will complain that he plateaud earlier on StrongLifts 5x5 because the 2.5kg plates made him progress faster than the guys using pounds. Let's hope he won't make excuses about the unfair variations in gravity because of where in the world he lives...

Keep it simple, this isn't frigging surgery.

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