I started Stronglifts 4 months ago, here are my results so far.
Age: 24 years old
Body fat estimates are mostly guesses with some help from tape measures and calipers.
Here's the progress I've made on my lifts (all working weights, haven't tested 1rm)
Progress has slowed down a bit the past couple weeks as I was shooting video at Spring Training in Arizona, which meant not enough sleep while spending 6+ hours a day in the sun.
I've been working back up from a deload on my squat (switch to 3x5 as well), I got up to 225 a few weeks ago but my core was too weak compared to my legs. It took me a while to get the necessary mobility to do good squats, but I'm pretty happy with where I am at this point.
My bench is probably the most slacking. I'm still working on getting the form down. I keep stalling for a couple workouts, then when I fix an issue with form things seem a lot easier. I've also been doing light 5x5s of close grip bench on B days to improve my tricep strength.
OHP is always a struggle, trying to work through 100 lbs for the past couple weeks. I've felt a bit better about rows the past few weeks as I've been able to engage my lats more. Deadlift has made big progress recently as I switched to sumo, which works a bit better for my height.
In order to mix things up a bit and get a bit more volume in, I'm considering combining the strength days of Stronglifts and the Upper/Lower Hypertrophy days used in PHUL. I want to keep squatting heavy at least twice a week and focus on compound movements for the hypertrophy days.
Aesthetics (Lean + Muscular)
I'm eating at maintenance this week and am planning on cutting for the next 8 weeks after that (ending in June) because I'd love to get down to 12-13% BF and my recent stalls have made me care a bit less about strength (stressing too much about the numbers hurts my form and makes things less fun).
So I may hold off on this routine if it would be too much during a cut. But while it may not have the same capacity for strength gain as doing straight Stronglifts, it would be more fun (#1!) and help more with Aesthetics.
What do you all think of something like this? Anything unreasonable? Should I run my cut on Stronglifts, then switch to this, or would this work well during an 8 week cut?