For me, three months is a landmark of sorts. I have some time in behind me and have nearly doubled my squat and deadlifts. The Starting Strength program is all about getting Big & Strong. But alas it was written for a younger audience with greater abilities to recover and adapt to the training. At the 12 week mark my knees were sore and so were both shoulders. The two weeks (13 & 14) of diet/cardio/lighter lifting allows me to step away but still be actively working toward my goals which are strength and improved posture. Although a saggy mid-section isn’t contrary to these goals it is still a nuisance and embarrassing to boot!
On to week Fourteen – a time to recover and lose some weight before the next 12 week cycle