which one is best for someone who is a relatively inexperienced lifter?
Id say SS, really helps you get the big lifts down without distractions.
Yeah ive done them both. Started with SS and did WSFSB more recently. One big difference for me was due to other training that I do. I found SS VERY hard to do with a cardio programme because your legs are getting beasted so often. WSFSB was relatively easier for using mid-season as it were, whereas Id consider SS to be more off season.
you'll recover providing you eat and get enough sleep.
I don't like wsfsb, too much choice for a beginner and a lot of it seems pretty complex too. And not many gyms have the stuff needed for what they recommend.
Both are great programs. I'd go as far as saying any of Rippetoe's books are worth ordering except Mean Old Mr. Gravity which I haven't read and as I understand it all the content is online anyway.
is SS still good for someone who is primarily interested in aesthetics and not just strength?
You say you're relatively inexperienced but then you're worried about over training the squat. How much do you squat?
If you really are inexperienced, then you should easily be able to cope with three times a week for now.
I agree that SS is best for beginners, even if you want to move onto a more complex program eventually, you need to lay the foundations of basic core strength and SS is the best for that Even if you only do it for six months, as long as you eat well you'll see good gains and be able to push on from there.
Wow, very useful tips. If SS is good for beginners then what's the benefits of WSFSB?
There haven't been much about it?
I've been meaning to start the SS to try and bulk up.