Re:Bill starrs 5 x 5 training
I feel this is a classic routine for a beginner to start out on. It is not your usual bodybuilding routine though, so many people won't like it at all.
Have a read on Glen Pendlay's and Mark Rippitoe's stuff. The basic tenet of the program is that the squat in particular will yield massive gains when trained often, hard and heavy.
Glen Pendlay wrote, a beginner should "live and die in the squat rack"..
The basic routine is:
I feel you could add in extra arm work if you wanted to after the main exercises, maybe 1/2 isolation movements in the 'normal' bodybuilding range.
The set/reps tend to be 5x5. There are many permetations of this, I would keep it simple.
Monday: Squat with a moderate weight, doing 5x5 on the same weight
Weds: Squat light, doing 5 sets of progressive 5's
Friday: Squat heavy, doing 5 sets of progressive 5's up to a heavy 5 rep last set.
The key is to not start too heavy at the beginning, work on form, and continually ramp the weights up. Look for PBs quite often, depending on how advanced you are.
What are you squatting, benching and deadlifting? If you are relatively new or haven't done much of these exercises, you should be setting PB's every week. If you are quite strong already, every 4-6 weeks is more realistic.
Effort and consistency will make this routine work.