I started Stronglifts about 2.5 months ago and have been making progress. I've lost zero weight. However, I've lost inches (I haven't measured but I can tell on my clothes). People around me notice that I'm looking better as well. A few questions:
1. Warm up sets?: Is there a good reference for warm up sets? According to the website all the calculators online sucks (haha). I don't want to buy the stronglifts app since I use JEFIT on my phone and have been using it since before I started strong lifts. My weights are increasing and I've hit a few plateaus so I wonder if my warm up sets are too much or too little. I've been winging it and basically starting with the bar for 10 reps and then going 1/2 way to my current weight for the 2nd set and then doing the actual workout sets.
2. Smith machine for a week?: I'm going on a cruise next week and they only have a smith machine on the boat. Should I adapt the workout to the smith machine for that week and then switch back to barbells once I return? Can I advance weights based on my smith machine workouts or will they not count.
fwiw, I really like this program. I started at the minimums (although I had been doing a mix of dumbells and machines for 2 months). Right now I can squat 210, bench 140, deadlift 240 (one rep maxes). I weight around 200 pounds with a BMI around 30 (so I need to lose some more weight).