3×5 Vs 5×5 For Beginners: Which Is Better For Gains? In short, Starting strength and Stronglifts are both great novice programs. They’re very similar in terms of training frequency, progression and how they emphasise compound lifts.However, if I had to pick a winner then I’d go with Starting strength. In my experience, recovery is a far greater limiting factor than training volume (at least for beginners). I’m also a firm believer in applying the “minimum effective dose” when it comes to…