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PowerManDL
05-07-2006, 08:14 PM
This is a new twist on Bill Starr's 5x5 routine. It's basic, it's to the point, and most importantly, it works.

The commentary comes from Glenn Pendlay, who's arguably "the" guy when it comes to practical uses of periodization.

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The 5X5:

Monday:

Olympic Squats 5x5 (same weight)
Benching 5x5 (flat, close grip or regular)(same weight)
JS Rows 5x5 (same weight)
Accessory (low volume triceps and abs)

Wednesday:

Olympic Squats 5x5 (reduced 15-20% from Monday) or Front Squats 5x5
Standing Military Press 5x5 (same weight)
Deadlifts 5x5 (same weight) (if you pull 2.5x bodyweight do 3x5)
Pull ups 5x5 (use weight if you need it)
Accessory (biceps and abs)

Friday:

Olympic Squats 5x5 (working up each set)
Benching 5x5 (flat or incline)(same weight)
Rows 5x5 (same weight)
Accessory (low volume triceps and abs)


The idea is simple: pick a weight you can do for 5 sets of 5, and if you complete all the sets and reps, then next time bump the weight up 5 or 10 pounds.

Before beginning the program it is important to establish 1 rep maxes for the squat, bench press, military press, and deadlift, and 5 rep maxes for the squat, bench press, rows, military press, and deadlifts.

The first week, it is important to begin very conservatively and prepare to set new 5 rep maxes on about the 4th-6th week, rather than the 1st or 2nd week. It will take some time for your body to grow accustomed to training this way, and in the beginning you’re gonna be sore as hell.

If you get all the sets and reps, then you increase the weight (5-10lbs) for the next week, and if not, you keep the weight the same.

Try and set new 5 rep maxes on weeks 4-6 for beginners , and weeks 3-4 for veterans and then move to a 3x3 for 2x per week.

Run the 3x3 for 2-3 weeks, drop the squatting frequency to 2x per week (or even every 4-5 days if you need the additional recovery), and try setting records on the 4th or 5th workout. (Also, weight increase are the important thing here).

Then cycle down to 1 set of 3 for 2 or 3 workouts, and maybe even go for a max single at the end.

So basically what you get is a 4-6 week prep phase, followed by a 3-5 week peaking phase.

One point – during the initial phase where 5x5 is being used you MUST stick to the required volume and frequency. Back off the weight if you have to, but always get in all 5 sets of 5.
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Here's the original post by JS about it...

---5X5---
Monday: Squats, Benching, Rows
Weds: Squats, Military Presses, Deadlifts, Chins
Friday: Squats, Benching, Rows

Courtesy of bill starr bill starr, the greatest strength coach who ever lived, popularized this in the 70's with his great book, The Strongest Shall Survive, which was aimed at strength training for football. I believe he had essentually two different programs which both are 5 sets of 5. The first, which is more suitable for beginners, is to simply do 5 sets of 5 with similar weight jumps between each set so that your last set is your top weight. When you get all 5 on the last set, bump all your weights up 5 or 10lbs. Example for squat... 185 for 5, 225 for 5, 275 for 5, 315 for 5, 365 for 5. If you get 365 for 5, move all weights up. This is especially good for someone who is just learning a particular exercise like the squat, because the amount of practice with light but increasing weights is a good way to practice form.

For more advanced lifters, he advocated a warmup, then 5 sets of 5 with a set weight. For example, the same athlete used in the other example may do 135 for 5, 185 for 5, 225 for 3, 275 for 2, 315 for 1, then 350 for 5 sets of 5. When successfull with all 25 reps at 350lbs, bump the weight up the next workout by 5 or 10lbs.

This is not outdated, and is a good program for gaining strength. Many elite athletes still use it during at least part of the year. I in fact do 5 sets of 5 on squatting for 4 weeks as part of an 8 or 10 week training cycle. Personally, i do it 3 times a week, but most people will probably make better progress doing it 2 times per week, or even doing version 1 once a week, and version 2 once a week.

In any event i described a system in a post a while back that goes something like this:
Monday use the heaviest weight you can for all 5 sets (same weight each set)---- in other words when you get all 5 sets of 5 reps up the weight (most workouts you will get 3 or 4 sets of 5- and maybe your last one will be for 3 or 4 reps)

Wednesday use 10-20% less weight- in other words if you used 200lbs on monday use 160-180lbs on wednesday- actual amount depending on your recovery

Friday work up to a max set of 5-

In other words lets say that your best ever set of 5 is 215lbs and you used 200lbs on monday for 5 sets and 170lbs on wednesday. On friday your workout might be like this 95 for 5 135 for 5 175 for 5 200 for 5 then attempt 220 for your last set of 5.

This tends to work better as a long term program than doing the same thing 3 times a week. On exercises where you only do them once a week like deadlift you can just do the 5 sets of 5 like i described. On monday on exercises that you are only doing twice (rows) you could do both exercises like the monday workout or lighten one of them depending on your recovery ability. Be conservative with the weight when you start- that is important.

Also i have used this program VERY often with athletes and it IS result producing. However many of your gains will show up after you use it for 4-6 weeks and you switch to training a bit less frequently and lower the reps and volume. However this is one program i have had a LOT of success with. In fact i rarely if ever use it with athletes who are at the top of their weight class because it causes too much weight gain unless you severely restrict your food.
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Here's how to periodize and peak with the 5x5 program....

"i do squats only. however i also do alot of other pulling motions off the floor, and these also work the legs. as far as squats monday 5 sets of five with a set weight wendsday, 5 sets of five with a weight that is 10-15% less than monday friday, work up with sets of five, going for your best set of five heres an example of how we do this...


lets say a person has a previous best of 5 sets of five weight with 300lbs, and has done one set of five with 325lbs for this person i may start with mondays weight of 285lbs, wendsdays weight of 255lbs, and on friday work up to a set of five with 310lbs, however if this person never trained this way before i would be much more conservative, more on that later then make small jumps each week, maybe week 2 use 295, 260, and 320 for the three workouts, week three use maybe 305, 265, and 330...and so on.

however keep this in mind, if on monday you cannot do all five sets of five keep the weight the same the next week, and on friday if you fail on a weight you choose keep the weight the same the next week

now, heres a few more hints, if you are not use to this sort of training and know you are gonna be sore as hell the first couple weeks, simply start more conservatively with the weight. if you are use to this sort of training, you can be a bit more agrressive from the start.

also as the weeks go by, dont increase wensdays workout as much as the other two. also some people are able to handle a heavier wensday workout than others. i have had athletes who have reacted best if wensdays workout was only 5% less than mondays weight. i have seen others who needed 25% reduction, however the average seems to be 10-15%, maybe if your new to this training start with 25% reduction then next time try 10-15% reduction.

with people new to this program i usually use it for 6-7 weeks, because we start more conservatively and it takes longer to get the benefits. with people who have done it before i generally go with 4 weeks at a time and go with setting records on monday and friday of week 3, week 4 is to try even more weight if week 3 was succesful, if it wasnt, then try record weights again. after this routine is over, we drop the frequency to about two workouts a week or even a bit less , and drop volume usually to 3 sets of 3.

the first week, we use the same weight as on the last monday of the 5 sets of five workout. this helps with recuperation. then, as in before we add weight each workout, this time aiming to break records on the fourth or fifth 3 sets of 3 workout.

sometimes we cycle on down to 1 set of three for two or three workouts, other times we have an offloading week then start with the five sets of five again.

i proably left some things out, i always seem to. however, although there are other programs that i am sure are effective, i have used alot of leg training programs and this one i know works, i have used this routine on probably over 100 athletes with success all around. it is not unusual for an athlete to increase their leg strength 100lbs in the full squat in the first six months i work with them.

now i know of other people who have tried this program on my recomendation in the track and field world, and not have the success i have had. however they always make the same mistakes, either starting on week one with max weights and not taking a week or two or even three to work up to max weights, OR, they start in on the 3 sets of 3 with too heavy a weight... you have to adjust the volume. dont be in too much of a hurry.

be content to set records on week 3, not week 1. well thats about it, but if your patient and do it right, it will be effective."....wow that was a mouthful ok, that is what i was talking about, although in that post i didnt explain a couple of things that i would like to now.

as you see from reading that, were talking about 4-6 weeks basically of a prep phase, and 3-5 weeks of a peaking phase, so its not really an 8 week program all the time. every time i write this program out, its a bit different, thats because its not a set in stone thing, but an example of a training philosophy... and it can and is altered in the details for individuals. however, there is one important point concerning what can be altered and still get the desired effects.

during the initial phase where 5 sets of 5 are used, you must stick to the written workout frequency and volume. no matter what, do the required sets 3 times a week. if you feel like your really dieing, then cut the weight back. but in the initial portion, the volume and frequency shouldnt be messed with. now, when you go to the sets of 3, you need to begin with the weight specified, and go up each workout, and you should be fairly rested each workout.

that means that you MAY be able to squat 2 times a week at this point, however you may need to squat once every 4 or 5 days, depends on the individual. also, 3 sets of 3 is a good volume for the first week of this phase, but often people react better to 2 or even one top set per workout during the second, third, or 4th weeks of this phase. during this phase, its the opposite of the first phase, he weight increases are the important thing.

take enough rest between workouts and cut the workout volume enough to assure that you are recovered enough to raise the weight. hope this clarifies a bit. the 3 day a week program i wrote was an example of a basic 3 day a week program for a relative beginner. i meant it to be done without any other assistance work except maybe abs. of course, an advanced lifter would probably not do that workout exactly as written.

as far as the "peaking" part of the squat program, i usually use this with shot-putters and athletes like that, and dont neccessarily do it with a program like the 3 day a week program, although if you were doing that and wanted to "peak" a particular exercise, it would work.

basically, if you are not going to try to peak strength, you need to be more carefull when doing the 5 sets of 5 three days a weeek, and not get the weights up so heavy that you start to overtrain... a more gradual increase in weighs is called for, and you must use a little common sense and not push so hard you need rest... when trying to peak you just push and keep pushing on the last couple of weeks of the 5 by 5... you push right to the brink ov overtraining basically, then back the volume and frequency off with the sets of 3.

Erik
05-07-2006, 08:15 PM
I pinned it ... bitch.

PowerManDL
05-07-2006, 08:15 PM
More from Glenn on periodizing the routine:

there are really so damn many ways to squat, even to squat with 5 sets of 5, or 6 sets of 4, or 4 sets of 6, or any similar thing, that there is not really any one program... im always hesitant to even write it out as a "program" becasue i dont really know what we will be doing in 4 weeks when we start such a thing... it kind of adapts as it goes.

but there seems to be some confusion as to the pyramid version or the non-pyramid version, so ill try to briefly explain the differences.

the EASIEST method we use for squats, and the one which rip used for beginners, is a simple pyramid program, the weights are pyramided BOTH monday and friday... and another leg exercise is used for wednesday, usually front squats for the young and athletically minded, sometimes leg press for the old and feeble.

say a person tests at 200lbs for 5 reps on their initial workout. well then monday they might do the following sets for 5 reps, 95, 125, 155, 185, 205. fairly equal jumps, ending with a 5lb personal record. if the last set is successfull, then on friday they will go for 210 on their last set, with adjustments on the other sets to keep the jumps about even as needed.

the average beginner can stay on this exact simple program for anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 months, as long as they continue to improve at least 5lbs a week, most can do this for quite a while.

when they stop improving, the first thing he does is to drop a couple of the "warmup" sets down to one or two reps, to decrease fatigue and allow a few more personal records on the top set... so that 200lb top set of 5 workout at this point would at this point have the 155lb set at maybe 3 reps, and the 185lb set at one or two reps, then try for 5 at 205.

this change usually lets people get new personal records for another 2-3 weeks, sometimes more.

at some point, of course, this doesnt work anymore. so now we change the monday workout to 5 sets of 5, still with heavy front squats or for some lighter back squats on wednesday, and the same pyramid on friday, trying for one top set of 5. the 5 sets on monday with the same weiight will be some amount less than the current personal record for one set of 5.

usually with this raise in volume, the weights are set somewhat lighter than they were, and people are given a few weeks to work back to their personal records, then try to go past them, invariably they will pass them, and invariably eventually they will stall again...

at this point we usually lower the volume of training, raise the intensity, in some form we will go with lower reps, lower amounts of sets, cut out a day of squatting, something to allow a raising of the numbers... again, the numbers will raise for a while, then stall again.

a this point, another raise in volume is needed, and at this point we will go to the program that most usually associate with the "5 by 5"... squatting 5 sets of 5 with the same weight 3 times a week, lighter on wednesday and heavier on mon and fri. you are all familiar with this i think, we raise the volume for 2-4 weeks, then slowly cut the volume aned intensity of most workouts, going for a big workout every 1-2 weeks, might be a single, a single set of 5, or even one big 5 sets of 5 workout. with people cycling down for a big contest at thsi point we might go for lower reps and try for the big singles.... with someone not at a place where a big peak is needed, its just cycling down to less sets but keeping the reps at 5, and trying to make a pr on a set of 5. this can be repeated several times over and over, but at some point you have to have a period of lower intensity training for a while in between cycles.

i will add that often, for the people with higher goals who want to really train hard, i will start right in with the 15 hard sets a week version, but with weights low enough that they can endure it, and when they get in condition and get used to the volume, will then go back and start at the normal place where rip starts right from the beginning. i find that people who have been athletically active, who have been training on other programs, etc, usually do well with an initial 4-8 weeks of high volume lower intensity training to get them mentally and physically used to this sort of training, get their form changed to a good squat, etc.

this post describes as much as a year of training for most people, with some that adapt well it is stretched to two years.... two years from when they start their initial "pyramid" workouts, or their initial month or so of conditioning with 15 moderate sets a week to when they get through their first real cycle with heavy weights and 15 sets a week cycled down to a peak.


i know this question was aimed at people who have used 5X5 and not me, but id still like to make a couple of comments... there are so many versions of the "5X5" training style, and they are so different. i use this type of training for the people i train all the way from beginners to really good lifters but the program changes over time for each person. generally it starts out in the first week of training with finding your max set of 5 and then very simply working up to one max set two times per week trying to add weight to that one set, with one ther workout in between that is most likely front squats. simple as this might be, it usually works for several months and i am convinced that it is about the fastest way for a total beginner to make progress. at some point this stops working and we go to a slightly different version, probably the one most well known, and also probably the one most usefull to a large number of people. 5 sets of 5 on monday with a set weight, then lighter squats on wednesday or front squats, then on friday working up to a max set of 5. there are some things we do here when it isnt possible to just add weight every week, but for a lot of lifters with minor variation this keeps the squat going up for another year or two. like everything else, it eventually stops working, and we start to add in some more long term variation like loading and unloading. we might do 5 sets of 5, pretty heavy, on all 3 squatting days for 3-4 weeks as a loading period, then back off the volume for 3-4 weeks by squatting for lower reps and only 2 days per week as an uloading period. we might add in speed work or dynamic effort work, using 5 sets of 5 on monday, fronts squats on wednesday, and dynamic effort work on friday. when a lifter is really near the top of their genetic potential, they cant do 5 sets of 5 consistently with heavy weight. for example, i dont think kyle gulledge could do this. hes squatted 700lbs with belt and knee wraps, so i estimate his raw squat as around 625-650lbs, probably pretty close since he did a chain squat raw last week with about 650lbs total weight, with a lot of that weight taking the form of hanging plates attached to the chains that came off the ground all at once right at the sticking point, a very hard way to do it. its normal for a lifter to be able to do 5 sets of 5 with around 82-87% of thier max squat. 85% for kyle would be 550lbs or something like that. i dont think thats something he could benefit from doing week in and week out. hes almost superhuman, but to recover from this weekly and still be able to train other lifts would take a cape and tights, almost superhuman wouldnt cut it. so for a guy like this, we wouldnt use it all the time, we would do 5 sets of 5 with lighter weights for 3-4 weeks, working up to one really heavy workout trying to break our record, then move on to a more westside style of training, with max effort work one day and dynamic effort work another day, much easier to recover from if you are pushing really heavy weight.



If your doing 5 sets on monday, lighter squats on wed, and one set on friday, or something like that, you would be trying to do your one set on friday with more weight than you used on monday.

its important that you approach it in a systematic way, start with weights that are easy to handle. just for example, if you are capable of doing say, 300lbs for a set of 5, you might start with 225lbs for 5 sets of 5 on monday, 200lbs for 3 sets of 5 on wednesday, and then 275 for one set of 5 on friday. you could then try to increase the monday and friday weights by 10lbs 3 weeks, and the wednesday weights by 5 lbs. that would give you a PR of 305 for 5 on week 4, and depending on the person, you might be able to get 310 or 315 for 5 on week 5. if friday of week 4 feels like you just might be able to get a PR the next week, you might try dropping the monday workout back to 225 monday of week 5, and letting yourself recover a little more preparing for week 5 friday.

there are lots of options for the next cycle... for instance, you could choose to push the monday workout hard and not push your single set of 5 quite so hard. a good goal here would be to do 5 sets of 5 on monday with your previous best single set of 5. you would then start your monday workout in week one with a weight that is say 40lbs below your best single set of 5... keep the wednesday workout similar to the first cycle, and on friday simply add 5 or 10lbs to mondays weight, roughly the same weight you will try for 5 sets the next monday. given steady 10lb increases, if you started with 270lbs on monday, you should have a good chance of doing 310 for 5 sets of 5 on monday of week 5.

options for the next cycle would be to change the number of reps... say to the same number of sets but 3 reps... or you could run another 4-5 week cycle similar to the first with lower numbers for the monday workout, say this time starting with 235lbs, but trying for 320-330lbs for a single set of 5 on week 4 or 5, or you could start with lower weight and make bigger jumps if you feel your getting tired around week 3 or 4 on the previous cycles. starting lower and making bigger jumps takes some of the fatigue factor away.

OR... two things we have done that work really well, have been to do a cycle with monday and wednesday the same, but take fridays workout and turn it into either 5 singles, or into a westside style DE day. If the friday workout is 5 singles, then you again have the choice of doing the 5 singles with a weight that is say 20lbs above mondays weight and trying to make a PR 5 sets of 5 mark at the end, or of keeping the 5 sets of 5 at a slightly lower weight than maximal, and pushing the singles up to a PR weight at the end. If you choose the second option, you can also try decreasing the number of singles each week by one, so that at week 5 you are going for a true max single. If you are doing this, increasing mondays workout by 10-15lbs for the first 3 weeks, then decreasing it by 10-15lbs a week for the last 2 weeks is a good option.

If you use the westside DE day as fridays workout, you again have several options. you can use 6 weeks as your cycle length, and do 2 of the 3 week waves that louie likes on friday, incorporating a higher weight single into each workout at the end of fridays DE work, and trying for a new max single on friday, OR you can keep the DE work fairly light, and push mondays training hard and try for a new max 5 sets of 5, or 5 sets of 3, or whatever scheme you are doing on monday.


whatever you choose eventually, you should do it the way i initially described it for the first cycle, and probably should follow with my second recomendation for the second cycle. if you have never done this style of training before, keeping the weight relatively low on monday and concentrating on a higher single set of 5 on week 4 or 5 will help you get used to it without the strain of all out training with 5 sets of 5 when you are not really ready for it. after a 4 or 5 week introduction, you will be ready to really push the harder monday workout, and should be able to really make gains by doing so. going straight back to the first cycle for your third time thru is usually the best option from what i have found. after really pushing the monday 5 sets for a month, you should be ready to make a much bigger single set of 5, and backing off of mondays weights a little and pushing the single set on friday will help you realize your new potential for a big single set. from here its anyones guess, but you should by this time be familiar enough with how your body is responding, how tired you are getting, etc, to know what to go to for your next cycle.

PowerManDL
05-07-2006, 08:16 PM
More:

there seem to be a lot of people who do the style of training we usually can "5 by 5" for a while, then wonder "whats next".

one general comment i would make, is that if this style of training has been successfull for you, why change it? and by style of training, im not talking about one specific program, but the general style of doing whole body exercises, training the whole body or at least most of the body in each workout, and doing multiple sets not taken to failure.

i do, however, understand the mental side... you do the same thing over and over and you want something different. there are lots of ways you can change things without totally changing to a "new" program. switching back and forth between widely differing types of training isnt that good of an idea... small and systematic changes over time in what you are doing however IS a good idea.

for instance... say youve been squatting 3 times a week. how about changing one of the workouts to front squat, hell you could change 2 of the workouts to front squat. i hate leg presses, but if you really wanted to, you could squat on monday, front squat on wednesday, and leg press on friday!!! if youve been doing only rows for back, change one or two of the workouts to chinups... substitute stiff legged deadlifts for deadlifts, change mondays workout to 3 sets of 8 for a month, change fridays squat or bench workout to 5 singles, etc, etc, etc.

ive even seen people who after a while on a 3 day a week program, switched to a 4 day split, doing squats and pressing exercises on monday and thursday, back and pulling exercises on wed and saturday. i dont see this as retreating from the principles of the 5 by 5 at all. you are STILL working your whole body, or very nearly so, every training day. squats work the back, they work everything... and deadlifts or stiff legged deadlifts work the legs, not as much as squats, but they still work them. this is in fact the favored program of mike stone, probably the best ex phys guy on the planet and former head of sports science at the olympic training center.

the main thing is to go about it in a systematic way.

one of my lifters, josh wells, who made the junior world team in 2004 in weightlifting, and can jerk close to 400lbs weighing around 180lbs as a teenager, did this program about a year ago in his "off season" to try to gain some general strength.

monday, squats (5 sets of 3), push presses (3 sets of 5) then glute ham raises or reverse hypers

wednesday, snatch pulls (5 sets of 2), powercleans (5 sets of 2), chinups (5 sets of 10 with extra weight, hanging from a 2" bar)

thursday, front squats (6 sets of 2), push jerks (5 sets of 2), military press (3 sets of 5), then glute ham raises or reverse hypers.

saturday, powersnatches (5 sets of 2), clean pulls (5 sets of 5), barbell rows, (5 sets of 5)

obviously this is geared toward olympic weightlifting, and not really what most of you would be doing. im not sure many here have that much interest in doing so many snatch and clean pulls. and hes using lower reps, because of course for him strength is a bigger deal than size, but even his reps changed over time, sometimes were higher, sometimes lower. this is just as representative of the 5 by 5 training style as the simpler 3 day programs... because we did it systematically, sets across instead of failure, gradually moving the weights up, gradually adding then subtracting volume of training to force the body to adapt


the important thing is to think thru the changes, dont make too many at one time, but make them slowly and steadily.

the real value of the "5 by 5" style of training isnt that it can or will add a certain amount of muscle or strength in an 8 week cycle. the real value is that it is a framework that when used right can work for years, slowly changing and morphing along the way to fit itself to your particular goals, and making for steady progress for 3, 4, or more years. it is more than anything, a mindset. a mindset of writing your workouts down, being systematic, knowing what you are going to do before you go to the gym, having a plan, and knowing that 5lbs a month is 60lbs a year and 180lbs in 3 years.

and more than that it is a mindset of THINKING, thinking about training, and rejecting the latest and greatest thing that forces many, even most, to run from one program to the next, changing things totally every time they get bored or have a bad workout. by recording everything, thinking a lot, planning, making small changes instead of wholesale ones, going back and looking at your workout log and looking at the last month, 6 months, year, etc, and planning the next month... within a year or two you know more about your body and what to do than me or anyone else could ever tell you.

now... last comment. i have, in a big drawer, a record of every single workout i have ever done, from the time i was 15 back in 1975 to my last month of competitive training in 2003. every single one. i also have descriptions and comments, tables in the back of the logs that showed weight gain and strength gain on a yearly basis, monthly, etc. comments on what happened to weight/strength when i changed exercises, changed reps, etc. there is very little i dont know about how my body responded, what worked and what didnt, etc. you all should do the same thing. approach training like a scientist working an experiment.

PowerManDL
05-07-2006, 08:17 PM
And yet more:

becky came here with a best set of 5 on the back squat of 178lbs. she is a big and strong looking girl, so i was kind of amazed that she couldnt squat more... but i witnessed her doing about that for sets a few times, and sure enough it was damn hard.

roughly 3 months ago she decided her squat wasnt going up with what she had been doing, and decided to try to do what i had been trying to get her to do... to go along with her trying a new workout i bet her $20 that she would squat 220lbs for 5 sets of 5 reps before the arnold, which as i remember it was at that time about 10 weeks away. she took the bet as her squat had been stuck for over a year and she really didnt think she could make that sort of progress in that amount of time. this is how we approached improving her squat, which is representative of how we usually do things

first workout on monday we loaded 178lbs and i told her we were going to do not one set, but 5 sets of 5 with it. she was skeptical, but willing to try. luckily we had a full training room, plenty of people to yell and scream at her. she was really grinding them out, but the second and third sets were just like the first, absolutely limit but she made them. she failed on the last rep of the 4th or 5th set, but good effort.

2 days later, we did 165lbs for 5 sets of 5. 2 days later we loaded 183lbs and she did it for two set of 5, that was on a friday.

next week on monday she did 178lbs for 5 set of 5. wednesday she did 165lbs for 5 sets of 5. friday she did 183lbs for 5 sets of 5, making all the sets.

next monday she did 183lbs for 5 sets of 5. wednesday she did 165 for 5 sets of 5, and friday she did 183lbs for 5 set of 5.

next week monday she did 183 for 5 sets of 5, and on wednesday she did 172lbs for 5 sets of 5, then on friday did 183 for 5 sets of 5.

(that was a heavy period, she was tired all the time, not seeming to get much stronger)

next monday she did 154lbs for 3 sets of 5, and on wednesday did 198lbs for one set of 5, then on friday did 187 for 5 sets of 5.

next monday she did 154lbs for 3 sets of 5, then on wednesday did 203 for one set of 5, then on friday did some front squats to max.

next monday she did 193 for 1 sets of 5, wednesday front squats to max, then friday did 198 for 5 sets of 5.

(those 3 weeks were less load, she was recovering and feeling stronger, only 2 really hard workouts in those 3 weeks, last workout a big one that showed she was recovering well nad getting much stronger)

next monday we didnt plan to go all that heavy, but she was looking strong, so we did 209 for one set of 5, rest of the week was taken off of squatting becasue of collegiate nationals.

monday we did 178 for 3 sets of 5, wednesday we did 198 for 1 sets of 5, and friday we did 215 1 sets of 5.

next monday we did 178 for three sets of 5, wednesday light front sqauts, and friday 215 for one set of 5, which surprisingly enough was a really easy set.

(these 3 weeks also easy, the sets with 209 and 215 were getting easier as she was recovering more)

based on last ffriday being easy, we tried the 220lbs for 5 sets of 5, and she made it on monday, i won the $20, which is still unpaid, and she took the rest of the week off from squatting for the arnold.


not a perfect sqaut cycle, remember that becky was training often 2 times per day doing snatches and clean and jerks, and sometimes 3 times per day. sometimes what we WANTED to do with squats was not an option based on her going to heavy weights so often on snatch and clean and jerk, and having to back off sometimes on squat to allow her to consistently lift at least %90 to %95 on the competitive lifts. becky was able to succeed with 70kilo snatches and 85kilo clean and jerks consistently throughout this training period, these weights were her maxes before we started this. she occasionally did 72 snatch and 87 clean and jerk, but she was doing 70/85 3 days a week, and doing the 70 snatch often 2 or 3 workouts a day. on her light days she did about 65 snatch and 75 or 80 clean and jerk.

her workouts looked basically like monday, wed, friday, take a morning light workout of 65snatch and 80kilo clean and jerk, then in afternoon take 70/85 and sometimes then start over and work to 70/85 again, then squat, then often in evening come back for something like 70/80. light days were done with 65/75 in the afternoon, then 65/80 in the evening. if tired, she only worked out one on light days instead of twice, or only worked out two times instead of 3 times on heavy days.

id say becky averaged about 12 workouts a week not counting the week directly before collegiate nationals... highest number of workouts was 15 in a week, lowest i think was 10.

at the arnold she did 75 snatch with a stupid miss at 77.5 that showed she was physically ready but not mentally ready, and then a solid clean and jerk with 92.5k. her squat best set of 5 went up 42lbs, with the higher weight actually being done for multiple sets.

i think her success in raising her squat was due to a few factors...

1. she was obviously ready to squat more, but for some reason wasnt. not everyone could make that much progress in a short time, she obviously had a little more in her than she was showing

2. she had never loaded really heavy, she was used to doing a certain thing and really was physciclly ready to respond to something different.

3. she was in good shape with no real injuries (her only injury is a knee problem which is left over from her former career as a track and field athletete, but with enough yelling and screaming and disgusted looks its effects on her training are minimized), so was able to do a fairly heavy loading period with about 12-15 sets of 5 a week for several weeks without breaking down too much. she also had a LOT of support in the gym to keep her motivated when she was tired and still had to do hard sets.

4. she trains with a girl who is smaller than her but outsquats her by a LOT and i suppose this pissed her off and motivated her.

5. by the end of the 4th or 5th week she was beginning to believe in what she was doing, and this gave her the confidenct to put weight on the bar and know she should be able to do it when the time came to rest a little bit and start going after the heavier weights. if you dont believe you are ready, you can fail even if you can physically do it.

we have upped the bet to double or nothing that she squats 242lbs for 1 set of 5 before senior nationals, which is about 7 weeks away.

this will be more difficult, because whe will be loading much harder with the competitive lifts as well as some things like drop snatches and other exercises picked to try to abolish her mental and physical problems catching a snatch. she will drop snatch 90kilos about 2-3 weeks out from the nationals, which will be up 10kilos from her current max. that will take some work, and that plus more snatching and clean and jerking will take a little away from her ability to squat hard. we also will not be able to load the squats with quite so many high rep sets this close to a big meet like nationals. so she will have to rely more on front squats lower volume, higher intensity training.

for our hard training for nationals, becky will approximately double the number of attamps over %90 that she takes in the snatch and clean and jerk for several weeks, along with adding in a couple of assistance exercises that she hasnt done in the past, and adding more front squats. this will make doing 5 sets of 5 in the squat with high weights impossible. so her squatting will include some workouts of 5 sets of 5 with fairly small weights, and more workouts of 1 set of 3-5 reps done at maximal weights.

after nationals, i will INSIST that she pay up the $40 that she will owe me.

Erik
05-07-2006, 08:17 PM
You sure type fast.

PowerManDL
05-07-2006, 08:18 PM
Originally posted by Thunder@May 7 2006, 04:17 PM
You sure type fast.
I'm the best.

PowerManDL
05-07-2006, 08:43 PM
As you can see, there's a lots of stuff to post:

Here's some more stuff from Glenn:

"when you get to a certain weight and workload, it is indeed tough to do it all on just 3 days... i think its really advantageous for beginners to do it on 3 days just to get in better shape, but at some point it is good to split it up, or at least go back and forth and switch to a split late in the cycle when the weights get really hard.

what i like to do is actually legs and back on one day, and shoulders, chest and and triceps on the other... sounds like a LOT more work on one day than another, and it is, and i believe this is good. all your training days should NOT be exactly the same stress level, you should have some hard days and some easy, and i think this accomplishes that goal.

if you do this, you can try just squatting two times a week, although i know that for some people three squat workouts work really well and they continue to add in light squats on one of the chest/shoulder days.

in general, what i would recomend if you do this is thye following

monday
heavy squat day, then something like powercleans or stiff leg deadlifts and then pullups

tuesday
heavy military press, heavy close grip bench press and then maybe something light for chest...

thursday
squats a bit lighter than monday, heavy deadlifts, heavy barbell rows, then some other back exercise, depending on what you need

friday
heavy bench press, lighter military press than tuesday or maybe DB militaries of some sort, some sort of nosebreakers or other tricep exercise.

or course some of the exercises i would really question the need to change, like the squats, militaries, benches, deadlifts, but others like the nosebreakers or pullups or closegrip benches could bd changed if you like other similar things.

i think a really good way to do this would be to do the 3 day a week program for a certain number of weeks, then switch to the 4 day split for a few weeks at the end when it really gets hard and you are having trouble getting it all done. this would let you keep going up in weights for a few extra weeks becasue of the lower frequency and less total work in each training session... then lower the weights again (but of course not totally back to the old levels) and start over again on the 3 day a week program.

a variation that i think i discussed in the post i wrote about the 5 by 5 training program and that you could use here for squats or for any other exercise you wanted to concentrate on would be to do 5 by 5 on one day then work to one max set of 5 on the second day... for instance if you really wanted to specialize on militaries you could start with militaries on tue and thur and on tue do 5 by 5 and on frir work to one top set of 3 or 5 reps... of course the same principle applies, when you first start the workouts with the top set of 3 or 5 start below your best set of that rep range, give yourself 2-3 weeks to work back to your old max and then pass it."

PowerManDL
05-07-2006, 08:43 PM
More:

"girth, its hard to put a percentage to it, becasue its kind of individual to the lifter, kind of like how light to go with the wednesday workout, some need to back off more than ohters. a couple of good rules of thumb, you should be at or near PR levels around week 3 or 4, you should definately be trying a new PR by week 5. some people can do it sooner than this, kind of depends on how long you have been training.

as far as the size of the jumps and how far below PR levels you should start, the stronger you are and the longer you have been training, the lower you should start, and therefore the bigger the jumps. 10lbs for the squat is a good rule of thumb for many lifters. however ive seen lifters who need to start way lower and take way bigger jumps. as ive gotten older, ive become one of them.

id say if you are squatting 350 or less for sets of 5, then 10lb jumps will be about right, unless your weighing like 150-160lbs or something light like that and that represents a really good squat... assuming you are 200+lbs, then the 10lb jumps should be about right. if your squatting 500 or so for sets of 5, then 15-20lb jumps every week might work better. if you are handling 600-700lbs in your workouts, then you will definately need to take bigger jumps. when i was in this situation, i took jumps of 30lbs or so each workout.

if you are in your first or second year of training, you can usually start a little closer to your max, take smaller jumps, and be at a new PR earlier. the longer you have been training, and the stronger you are, the lower you need to start relative to your old max, the bigger jumps you should make, and the longer it will take you to get to new PR levels.

does that make sense?

i should say that all this is based on a high bar olympic style squat, deep and close stance and no wraps or suit, personally i dont even wear a belt when i do this workout. if you are half-squatting, or squatting powerlifting style then it might need to be significantly different. "

*****

"first off, if you are under 200lbs, and doing over 400lbs for a set of 5 on the squat, assuming it is a true, deep, OL style squat... thats pretty strong. peoples notion of squat numbers gets all screwed up becasue of powerlifting, and high squats. very few, very few people can squat 500lbs all the way down with no wraps or suit. you have to be really strong to do that. make it a half squat, and you dont hae to be that strong.

sounds like youve done the program a few times, what i would do now would be to raise the training volume the next time you go through it... by doing sets across on monday and friday, instead of going up to a max set on friday. do this for 4 weeks at the beginning of your next cycle... if you can do that and end that period with similar or higher numbers than the monday workout of your present loading period, when you cut the volume you should be able to add another 20-30lbs to your squat.

other changes to your next cycle should be doing 3-4 work sets with the top weight with the rows on monday instead of just one set, and adding push presses to the saturday workout... start the push presses with 10-20 more pounds than the military presses, you can do them from behind the neck if you want, this might even be better, be sure to use LOTS of leg drive, as much as you can.

do the unloading the same.

that should get you through one more cycle with some decent gains. after that, you will have to change the workout more... probably even different rep schemes. 5 sets of 5 is a good workout, and the program you are doing is a good one, but nothing works forever. after 3-4 cycles through it, you should be ready for some different trainig for a while to rest a little, then back at it.

dont get discouraged with your gains. 10lbs gained per month on the squat is good. in 3 years, thats 360lbs gained. no one does that! maybe they do if sometime during those 3 years they add knee wraps and a powerlifting suit, or start squatting shallower, but not 360 honest pounds, unless they are starting out as a total beginner.

and last, i read some of your and AM's back and forth... hes right that going to a 4 day split for a while at this point would probably be good... but if you cant you cant, i can understand that. i think you can still make some good gains on 3 days. also about deadlifting... you dont have deadlift in the loading phase of the workout you listed... it aint gonna kill you not to do it, but adding deadlift or stiff legged deadlift on wednesday would probably help you, either just add it or even better do it in place of the pullups and put the pullups on saturday... that would be ideal but then you would have to drop the light bench on saturday or with pullups and push presses added it would be too much. personally id be in favor of that, no benches on sat, but add push presses and pullups, and do the stiff legged deads or the deadlifts on thur."

Brandi
05-07-2006, 08:44 PM
:lol: You said "snatch."

PowerManDL
05-07-2006, 08:56 PM
The snatch is fun.

Pandora
05-07-2006, 08:56 PM
This thread ROCKS. :clap:

PowerManDL
05-07-2006, 08:59 PM
Originally posted by Pandora@May 7 2006, 04:56 PM
This thread ROCKS. :clap:
Even if you're not interested in using the 5x5 (and I should reiterate, it's one of my favorite ways to train as it's quite effective), Glenn's comments on how he periodizes are invaluable, and can be applied to other training approaches.

Which is the main reason I posted all that.

Leah
05-07-2006, 09:29 PM
Sweet B)

Should you really do a 1RM on the military press though?

PowerManDL
05-07-2006, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by Leah@May 7 2006, 05:29 PM
Should you really do a 1RM on the military press though?
Don't you start too.

Leah
05-07-2006, 09:47 PM
Originally posted by PowerManDL@May 7 2006, 05:44 PM
Don't you start too.
Oh...was that already brought up somewhere? :p

PowerManDL
05-07-2006, 11:52 PM
Originally posted by Leah@May 7 2006, 05:47 PM
Oh...was that already brought up somewhere? :p
Nah. Just found it ironic that the entire post was about how fluid and dynamic the training process is, how nothing's really set in stone....then you come ask that ;)

Lynny
05-09-2006, 03:20 PM
I know Glen- he's an awesome guy and definitely knows his stuff. I trained with him once- he works at the same gym I went to when i lived at home.

Thanks for posting this thread--great and informative!

smuggie
05-09-2006, 09:41 PM
I started this program today.

Matt, if I don't start getting stronger I'm blaming you. :lol:

Inatic
05-09-2006, 11:14 PM
I've been doing 5x5 for awhile. My strength has greatly improved.

Hoochiemomma
05-11-2006, 10:35 PM
I plan on printing this out to read when I get the chance.

I especially like the squat weights he uses for an example for beginners - "The first, which is more suitable for beginners, is to simply do 5 sets of 5 with similar weight jumps between each set so that your last set is your top weight. When you get all 5 on the last set, bump all your weights up 5 or 10lbs. Example for squat... 185 for 5, 225 for 5, 275 for 5, 315 for 5, 365 for 5." :funny:

Tony
05-21-2006, 06:48 PM
This is going to be better than porn... (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0976805413/sr=8-1/qid=1148237231/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-2090544-9599352?%5Fencoding=UTF8)

Erik
05-21-2006, 06:48 PM
Originally posted by Tony@May 21 2006, 02:48 PM
This is going to be better than porn... (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0976805413/sr=8-1/qid=1148237231/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-2090544-9599352?%5Fencoding=UTF8)
I'm buying that right now.

Tony
05-21-2006, 06:50 PM
Originally posted by Thunder@May 21 2006, 01:48 PM
I'm buying that right now.
I suppose you could pre-order, but it isn't due until August 1st. Can't blame you for being eager though...

Erik
05-21-2006, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by Tony@May 21 2006, 02:50 PM
I suppose you could pre-order, but it isn't due until August 1st. Can't blame you for being eager though...
In that case, I'm not buying it right now. :lol:

I'm waiting for Matt's book too .... if he ever gets off his ass and writes it.

mark
05-21-2006, 07:55 PM
Originally posted by Tony@May 21 2006, 11:48 AM
This is going to be better than porn... (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0976805413/sr=8-1/qid=1148237231/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-2090544-9599352?%5Fencoding=UTF8)
That looks good. I've been wanting to get a good book on periodization. Any other recommendations in the meantime?

PowerManDL
05-21-2006, 08:50 PM
I've allegedly got an advanced review copy of that book on the way.

Oh, and I've made progress on my book this week dammit! I haven't just been writing fiction.

nikegurl
05-24-2006, 10:13 PM
Originally posted by Thunder@May 21 2006, 11:52 AM
In that case, I'm not buying it right now. :lol:

I'm waiting for Matt's book too .... if he ever gets off his ass and writes it.
ironically....it's THIS post that caused the lightbulb to go off and i now "know" who matt is. i'm always last to figure this stuff out. :dry:

quickie
06-29-2006, 09:30 PM
1) Why is it that the squat is the only exercise that is reduced for the Wednesday workout?

2) The plan has you benching/rowing 2X a week but pulling/pressing one time. Isn't that bad? :unsure:

PowerManDL
06-29-2006, 09:31 PM
Originally posted by quickie@Jun 29 2006, 05:30 PM
1) Why is it that the squat is the only exercise that is reduced for the Wednesday workout?

Because it's the only one trained three times a week. Military press and pullups almost by default require you to use less absolute weight. The deadlift can be hit or miss.


2) The plan has you benching/rowing 2X a week but pulling/pressing one time. Isn't that bad? :unsure:

Yeah, it sure destroyed all those guys that have used it so successfully over the last 30 something years.

quickie
06-29-2006, 09:35 PM
Originally posted by PowerManDL+Jun 29 2006, 02:31 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (PowerManDL @ Jun 29 2006, 02:31 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-quickie@Jun 29 2006, 05:30 PM
1) Why is it that the squat is the only exercise that is reduced for the Wednesday workout?

Because it&#39;s the only one trained three times a week. Military press and pullups almost by default require you to use less absolute weight. The deadlift can be hit or miss.



Yeah, it sure destroyed all those guys that have used it so successfully over the last 30 something years. [/b][/quote]
WRT #2

Why not pull/press 2X a week and bench/row once then?

PowerManDL
06-29-2006, 09:37 PM
No reason you couldn&#39;t. Just that the bench and squat tend to be the most result-granting exercises.

Some of Starr&#39;s variants and others I&#39;ve seen use the incline bench and front squat instead. The deadlift just doesn&#39;t seem conducive to that much volume.

quickie
06-29-2006, 11:41 PM
Is the JS Row a Pendlay Row with a wider grip? :unsure:

quickie
06-30-2006, 12:14 AM
I found this spreadsheet that works out your predicted lifts based on numbers you provide for each lift. It is only an estimate, but still very helpful. I was surprised how low you are supposed to start off the first few weeks. :blink:

PowerManDL
06-30-2006, 12:19 AM
I don&#39;t go by set numbers, because I hate set numbers. I just start less than I know I can handle.

quickie
06-30-2006, 12:21 AM
Originally posted by PowerManDL@Jun 29 2006, 05:19 PM
I don&#39;t go by set numbers, because I hate set numbers. I just start less than I know I can handle.
Yea, the spreadsheet is supposedly good for the first week.

It&#39;s still more conservative than I would have guessed though.

Q45
06-30-2006, 12:32 AM
what were your starting weights quickie??

quickie
06-30-2006, 12:42 AM
Originally posted by Q45@Jun 29 2006, 05:32 PM
what were your starting weights quickie??
For an example- 150 on bench when I plugged in 185 as my 5 X 5. It&#39;s set up like that so you can push new PRs on weeks 4-6.

Q45
06-30-2006, 01:57 AM
Originally posted by quickie@Jun 29 2006, 07:42 PM
For an example- 150 on bench when I plugged in 185 as my 5 X 5. It&#39;s set up like that so you can push new PRs on weeks 4-6.
is your starting point based on your 1RM or a 5RM...
lets say my 1RM was 220....??

PowerManDL
06-30-2006, 02:03 AM
Shoot for 65-70% of a 1RM

quickie
07-02-2006, 07:45 AM
The example in the first post has you using the same weight on all exercises except for on Friday where you work to a top set on squats. Could you also work to a top set for the Bench/Rows on Friday? That way you would not be repeating Mondays Rows/Bench.

I am pretty sure this works. :cool:

I&#39;m just having difficult figuring out where my numbers should be. I don&#39;t want to move up to fast before the peaking phase. :scratch:

smuggie
07-02-2006, 08:28 PM
I know you signed up at SOS, but I guessed you missed this thread. It will answer your question:

Perfect 5 x 5 (http://sostrength.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=126)

quickie
07-02-2006, 08:35 PM
Originally posted by smuggie@Jul 2 2006, 01:28 PM
I know you signed up at SOS, but I guessed you missed this thread. It will answer your question:

Perfect 5 x 5 (http://sostrength.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=126)
How did you know I signed up? :lol:

smuggie
07-02-2006, 08:37 PM
How did you know I signed up? :lol: [/b]
I saw your name as the newest registered member on the index page when you did.

And next time, read the damn stickies. :funny:

PowerManDL
07-02-2006, 09:13 PM
How is it that people can still take a program designed around being simple and make it complicated?

Quit with the questions and go move some weight.

perlmeister
07-23-2006, 07:16 PM
Originally posted by PowerManDL@Jul 2 2006, 03:13 PM
How is it that people can still take a program designed around being simple and make it complicated?

Quit with the questions and go move some weight.
very interesting workout, I will try this one :)

ReneeG
08-20-2006, 11:41 PM
Okay, so my lacking area (or the area that lacks the most) is my back. I have no lat spread or v-taper. Would it be a terrible idea to add something to really hit my lats more? Even if it was only Wednesday?
I really want to put some size on my back.

Erik
08-20-2006, 11:45 PM
Okay, so my lacking area (or the area that lacks the most) is my back. I have no lat spread or v-taper. Would it be a terrible idea to add something to really hit my lats more? Even if it was only Wednesday?
I really want to put some size on my back.

I see no problem with adding some supplementary lat work to one of the days. Just 2-3 sets of pull ups would probably be a good idea.

quickie
08-21-2006, 12:11 AM
Okay, so my lacking area (or the area that lacks the most) is my back. I have no lat spread or v-taper. Would it be a terrible idea to add something to really hit my lats more? Even if it was only Wednesday?
I really want to put some size on my back.

The second day includes pullups/pulldowns. Also, pay attention to your rowing form.

ReneeG
08-21-2006, 12:11 AM
I can only do about 4 or 5 reps/set of pull ups, still think I should only do 2 or 3 sets, or should I go for 5 sets?

ReneeG
08-21-2006, 12:12 AM
The second day includes pullups/pulldowns. Also, pay attention to your rowing form.
Yes, I was thinking both rows AND pull ups on day two.

Erik
08-21-2006, 12:15 AM
The second day includes pullups/pulldowns. Also, pay attention to your rowing form.

Depends on which program is being followed.

quickie
08-21-2006, 12:18 AM
Depends on which program is being followed.

I think the one listed is intermediate. Regardless, they can and should be tweaked.

Erik
08-21-2006, 12:28 AM
I think the one listed is intermediate. Regardless, they can and should be tweaked.

It's the advanced one that has pullups/pulldowns. Intermediate Day 2 is squat, OH press/incline press and deadlifts, plus whatever assistance work you decide to add.

radgirl
09-11-2006, 04:40 PM
I was looking over the 5x5 routine. It looks great. However, I see we only do hip dom moves once a week. Why?

Tony
09-11-2006, 05:30 PM
I was looking over the 5x5 routine. It looks great. However, I see we only do hip dom moves once a week. Why?

3x/week squatting is more than enough in terms of stimulating gains in the lower body.

Blondell
10-02-2006, 01:28 AM
This thread is 15-pages printed out! And MOST of that is the info for the 5x5 program. I've got so much studying to do tonight! :shock: :lol:

Blondell
10-02-2006, 01:44 PM
What's the RI I have w/ this program between sets?

PowerManDL
10-02-2006, 01:47 PM
What's the RI I have w/ this program between sets?

It's somewhere in the range of "how ever long it takes to get the required performance" minutes.

Blondell
10-02-2006, 01:54 PM
Thanx Matt :thumb:

Cindy Day
10-02-2006, 02:41 PM
Thanx Matt :thumb:
Blondell - I've done BGB before which utilizes 5X5 and I used 2-3 min RIs.

HTH but I like Matt's answer. ;)

PowerManDL
10-02-2006, 06:56 PM
Blondell you should know that your post actually prompted me to start on an article.

It's titled "There Are No Programs".

Blondell
10-02-2006, 06:57 PM
:D

snakecharmer
10-02-2006, 07:09 PM
I want to start this program tomorrow. I'm at work right now and cannot print it all out until I get home and can't read all of it right now (skimmed over it).
I have a question: What is a JS row? Thanks. :)

PowerManDL
10-02-2006, 07:36 PM
That's actually the topic of the article in question, but yall have got to stop thinking of this as a "program".

It's not a distinct collection of sets/reps/weights that you just do unchangingly. To really get the benefit of the 5x5, you've got to break that mentality.

This is a dynamic training system that encompasses more than just what happens at the micro-level. Much like Westside, most good OL systems, and other auto-regulating (and very productive) approaches.

matt
10-02-2006, 09:16 PM
Dave Tate wrote an article about that called your program sucks. About why you should not follow a set program, but create something (a template) that works for you from writings and things you've learned along the way...

Erik
10-02-2006, 09:47 PM
That's actually the topic of the article in question, but yall have got to stop thinking of this as a "program".

It's not a distinct collection of sets/reps/weights that you just do unchangingly. To really get the benefit of the 5x5, you've got to break that mentality.

This is a dynamic training system that encompasses more than just what happens at the micro-level. Much like Westside, most good OL systems, and other auto-regulating (and very productive) approaches.

You can't expect people new to this concept to 'get that'. This kind of realization about dynamics comes with time and experience .... and sadly for many, never at all. :lol:

PowerManDL
10-02-2006, 09:48 PM
That's why I can still make money strength-coaching :D

Jared
10-02-2006, 09:53 PM
It is not better to teach a man to fish; it is better to sell fish.

matt
10-02-2006, 11:51 PM
It is not better to teach a man to fish; it is better to sell fish.

Actually it is better to eat fish

:wink:

snakecharmer
10-03-2006, 12:11 AM
You can't expect people new to this concept to 'get that'. This kind of realization about dynamics comes with time and experience .... and sadly for many, never at all. :lol:

I'll admit I am new to this concept. If someone could explain it a bit more, I'd appreciate it.

matt
10-03-2006, 12:22 AM
I'll admit I am new to this concept. If someone could explain it a bit more, I'd appreciate it.

Read this (http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do;jsessionid=BD21BACD771660041B5859C30D C42314.hydra?id=633870)

snakecharmer
10-03-2006, 12:58 AM
Thanks, Matt...reading it right now. :)

PowerManDL
10-03-2006, 06:45 PM
Ya, that's a good article from Dave. I've got my own take on it in the works too, just cause I like adding my 2 cents to everything. Also Dave likes to write everything from the standpoint of the Westside template, which tends to confuse people as it doesn't occur to them to see the Westside template as anything but a discrete program.

THe principles of flexibility he outlines will apply to 5x5 (as Glenn Pendlay noted earlier in this very thread) and to any other program. Some of you might recall me bitching about retarded programs from Joel Marion and T-Mag in general for this very reason.

snakecharmer
10-07-2006, 03:52 AM
I started this yesterday and am very excited about it. :)

I love the JS rows. :lifter:

mamaj
10-08-2006, 09:19 PM
What is an Olympic Squat and JS Row, just to be sure?

smuggie
10-08-2006, 10:40 PM
For practical purposes we'll say an oly squat is a full squat. JS rows are also known as Pendlay rows.

mamaj
10-08-2006, 11:15 PM
Sorry, but what is a Pendlay row?

smuggie
10-08-2006, 11:23 PM
Sorry, but what is a Pendlay row?
I knew you were going to ask that question. :lol:

It's essentially a strict bentover BB row that you start from the floor. There's no hip extension involved. You also use a use an explosive concentric.

Here's more info about it:

http://www.midwestbarbell.com/totalelite/index.php?showtopic=498&st=20&p=9976&#entry9976

If you're not pulling with the big plates you'll most likely be bent over too much at the starting position. You need to find a way to raise the bar off the floor to counteract that.

Tony
10-28-2006, 04:19 PM
I ripped this off from another site. It summarizes the different approaches to 5x5 according to one's experience level:



Stage 1:
o Monday = 5x5 (pyramid)
o Wed. = 5x5 (20% lighter than Mon. or front squats)
o Friday = 5x5 pyramid to PR if you got all 5 reps on Monday

Stage 2:
o Same as above except reduce volume of ramping sets on Monday (do a few singles or doubles on sets 3 & 4)

Stage 3 (increase Monday’s volume):
o Monday = 5x5 same weight (using less than single set PR)
o Wed. = no change
o Friday = 5x5 pyramid to PR
o w/ more volume, it takes a few weeks to work back up to PR
-- Programming notes from Glenn: here, you might choose to push Monday or Friday hard for a cycle . . . e.g., build up over a few weeks to a new 5x5 PR on Monday while making Friday a lighter day by pushing for a top set that is maybe 5-10 pounds heavier than your Monday sets (then Monday, you’ll get 5 sets of 5 w/ Friday’s weight). Then in the next cycle, swap it around and push Friday’s top set while making Monday’s sets lighter.
-- You can reduce Monday’s weights as you near the end of the cycle so you have more gas to push PRs on Friday

Stage 4 (reduce volume, increase intensity by using lower reps)
-- A few ideas:
- Push 5 sets of triples or singles on Friday; keep everything else the same
- Monday, either go lighter or keep pushing for 5x5 PR . . . if you do the former, you can reduce the number of sets on Friday by 1 each week so that by the end, you do a true PR max single on the last Friday (in the last few weeks, you can even go lighter on Monday so you’re ready for big PRs on Friday)
- Do Westside DE style squats on Friday . . . either keep it light & push for 5x5 PR on Mondays or add a heavy single at the end of your DE work on Friday

Stage 5 –5x5 w/ the same weight
o Monday = 5x5 same weight
o Wed. = 5x5 same weight, but lighter than Mon.
o Fri. = 5x5 same weight
o After a few weeks of this higher volume, reduce volume and go for PRs


With regards to Stage 3, my thinking is that the deadlift should be kept at maintenance or lighter. Thus, one should choose to pusher either the 1x5 squat,5x5 squat, or the deadlift. Once you achieve a certain level of strength, IMHO, I don't think it would be a good idea to push up the squat and deadlift at the same time.

PowerManDL
10-28-2006, 05:59 PM
It's not. Once you're beyond a certain point on the DL, training it even with sets of 5 on Wednesday probably isn't the best idea if you're doing the rest of the squat work.

smuggie
10-28-2006, 06:00 PM
What point is that?

PowerManDL
10-28-2006, 06:05 PM
You should know better than to ask that.

Tony
10-28-2006, 08:26 PM
It's not. Once you're beyond a certain point on the DL, training it even with sets of 5 on Wednesday probably isn't the best idea if you're doing the rest of the squat work.

Did you ever end up getting that advance copy of practical programming?

PowerManDL
10-28-2006, 11:13 PM
I wish.

PowerManDL
12-24-2006, 02:10 AM
Pendlay Row form:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44LJqZX5aIY

Strive2Define
12-24-2006, 04:14 PM
I just read this entire thread(well skimmed it..printed it out to read indepth later) What are the other advantages besides strength gains to this program?

Blondell
12-24-2006, 04:17 PM
I just read this entire thread(well skimmed it..printed it out to read indepth later) What are the other advantages besides strength gains to this program?
I suppose mass gains.:popcorn:

Strive2Define
12-24-2006, 04:20 PM
I suppose mass gains.:popcorn:
I think this has been touched on but if one is dieting..should they steer clear of this program or is it okay to use although I guess you wouldn't see the same type of strength gains or could you?

Tony
12-24-2006, 05:42 PM
I think this has been touched on but if one is dieting..should they steer clear of this program or is it okay to use although I guess you wouldn't see the same type of strength gains or could you?

Di (Sportsgirl) experienced fantastic results using this type of program while dieting. She broke PR's in all of the big three I believe...

GqArtguy
12-24-2006, 06:59 PM
I think this has been touched on but if one is dieting..should they steer clear of this program or is it okay to use although I guess you wouldn't see the same type of strength gains or could you?

Youll make strength gains, but not as fast as if you werent dieting. At the very least you would be able to maintain your strength levels.

Strive2Define
12-24-2006, 07:13 PM
Youll make strength gains, but not as fast as if you werent dieting. At the very least you would be able to maintain your strength levels.
Thanks!! I think I will give this a go.Time for a change!

PowerManDL
12-24-2006, 07:43 PM
I think this has been touched on but if one is dieting..should they steer clear of this program or is it okay to use although I guess you wouldn't see the same type of strength gains or could you?

Depends on the diet.

If you're just using a mild deficit, you can use it just fine.

If you're doing something pretty severe in terms of low calories/low carbs, you can still use the structure, but you'd need to edit the set/rep schemes some, and likely accept more of a maintenance position instead of gunning for rapid strength gains.

Di was using more of a mild deficit, and despite what she says she 1) got her share of ice cream and pie, and 2) is just a genetic freak when it comes to muscle and strength anyway.

Not to say you couldn't or shouldn't attempt it, you just have to keep these factors in mind. I still stand by the statement that programs following this structure, or extrapolations of this structure that come with progression, are about the best way anyone can apply weight training.

Bufalini
03-22-2007, 04:07 PM
I have been doing the 5x5 workout for about 6 weeks, and love it. Everything is increasing pretty consistently except for the bench press. How can I get that to increase? any help?

MichelleS
03-22-2007, 04:10 PM
I have been doing the 5x5 workout for about 6 weeks, and love it. Everything is increasing pretty consistently except for the bench press. How can I get that to increase? any help?
I had the same problem I think mine was mental. I would increase every set by 5# to help with it.

MichelleS
03-22-2007, 04:11 PM
And Welcome :wave:

rene7465
05-16-2008, 01:26 PM
Does this work well?
I have known a few people who have tried it and gave up. I personally have not tried it.

smuggie
05-17-2008, 01:51 AM
Yes, it works well for strength gains. If you're eating at a surplus you'll also make muscle gains.

Why did the people you know give up on the program?

Tony
05-18-2008, 10:15 PM
Does this work well?
I have known a few people who have tried it and gave up. I personally have not tried it.

This incarnation of "5x5" is very demanding. Squats, Benches, and Rows for 5 sets of 5 across requires some pretty damn good work capacity. Typically those experience issues with this version of 5x5 are not starting off light enough.

fluteangel
10-09-2008, 06:06 PM
I've been doing this program for 5 weeks now and darn it, I don't feel as if I'm working hard at all! I don't understand why? I'm working on getting my form down, and I understand that's part of it, another part is that I need to get a running start with my weights being low but man, I'm NEVER sore, never feel like it's very difficult when I'm doing the workout...and yet this will grow me muscle?

I don't understand a couple things: why isnt' muscle "burn" an indication of working hard? Why isn't DOMS an indication of the same thing and/or muscle growth? What do I have to go on besides the mirror (and when I'm bulking, right now it all looks like fat, especially when I don't feel taxed in the gym!)?

One last question: do any of you who do this program do cardio at all and how much, and why?

Erik
10-09-2008, 06:44 PM
I've been doing this program for 5 weeks now and darn it, I don't feel as if I'm working hard at all! I don't understand why? I'm working on getting my form down, and I understand that's part of it, another part is that I need to get a running start with my weights being low but man, I'm NEVER sore, never feel like it's very difficult when I'm doing the workout...and yet this will grow me muscle?

Who cares if you're never sore? Soreness doesn't matter and is not an indicator of an effective workout.



I don't understand a couple things: why isnt' muscle "burn" an indication of working hard?

Why don't you try doing 200 reps of triceps pressdowns - your muscles will 'burn' - do you think it's productive?

It's just lactic acid/metabolic byproduct build up.

And define working hard - you can work hard doing stupid stuff - that it's stupid means it doesn't matter if it's hard. It's ineffective.

Smarter comes first.


Why isn't DOMS an indication of the same thing and/or muscle growth?

Because it just isn't. It has nothing to do with muscle growth. it's more about inflammation to connective tissue, often due to a novel eccentric stimulus.



What do I have to go on besides the mirror (and when I'm bulking, right now it all looks like fat, especially when I don't feel taxed in the gym!)?

Performance.

These are not metabolic workouts - you're not going to be cardiovascularly taxed like you would a metabolic workout.



One last question: do any of you who do this program do cardio at all and how much, and why?

Depends on the person and their goals.

Noel Clark
10-09-2008, 07:51 PM
I've been doing this program for 5 weeks now and darn it, I don't feel as if I'm working hard at all! I don't understand why? I'm working on getting my form down, and I understand that's part of it, another part is that I need to get a running start with my weights being low but man, I'm NEVER sore, never feel like it's very difficult when I'm doing the workout...and yet this will grow me muscle?

I don't understand a couple things: why isnt' muscle "burn" an indication of working hard? Why isn't DOMS an indication of the same thing and/or muscle growth? What do I have to go on besides the mirror (and when I'm bulking, right now it all looks like fat, especially when I don't feel taxed in the gym!)?

One last question: do any of you who do this program do cardio at all and how much, and why?

Erik put it all well.

How is your training intensity? During my bulk it was definitely a different kind of lifting. HEAVY DLing, HEAVY rowing HEAVY bench.....as so on. When I left the gym, I felt like I had worked my butt off but in a different way then say contest prep (metabollic) stuff. You can't just go through the motions and expect massive amounts of muscle to pop up. This stuff takes time. And never gauge the workout as "good" or "bad" due to soreness. Are you lifts increasing? Are you getting better?

smuggie
10-09-2008, 08:13 PM
I don't understand a couple things: why isnt' muscle "burn" an indication of working hard? Why isn't DOMS an indication of the same thing and/or muscle growth? What do I have to go on besides the mirror (and when I'm bulking, right now it all looks like fat, especially when I don't feel taxed in the gym!)?

Maybe it all looks like fat because fat gain is what you're focussing on out of fear all you'll gain is fat while bulking.

fluteangel
10-10-2008, 06:31 PM
Erik put it all well.

How is your training intensity? During my bulk it was definitely a different kind of lifting. HEAVY DLing, HEAVY rowing HEAVY bench.....as so on. When I left the gym, I felt like I had worked my butt off but in a different way then say contest prep (metabollic) stuff. You can't just go through the motions and expect massive amounts of muscle to pop up. This stuff takes time. And never gauge the workout as "good" or "bad" due to soreness. Are you lifts increasing? Are you getting better?

I don't feel very intense at all but that's due to a couple different factors:
1) never done a 5x5 and very few compound exercises, so I'm trying to get a "running start" by starting with very light weights
2) see above = trying to get the form down correctly before moving up in weight and it seems that I am slow going with getting my form correct!

So I'm assuming once I get the form down on those few exercises I'm not used to, it will be much harder. I'm just used to doing different exercises with really heavy weights, and these feel light, even on the bench press. Once again, trying to get a running start to make as much progress as possible, but geez, it's frustrating!

smuggie
10-10-2008, 08:24 PM
I don't feel very intense at all but that's due to a couple different factors:
1) never done a 5x5 and very few compound exercises, so I'm trying to get a "running start" by starting with very light weights
2) see above = trying to get the form down correctly before moving up in weight and it seems that I am slow going with getting my form correct!

So I'm assuming once I get the form down on those few exercises I'm not used to, it will be much harder. I'm just used to doing different exercises with really heavy weights, and these feel light, even on the bench press. Once again, trying to get a running start to make as much progress as possible, but geez, it's frustrating!

What are you expecting? To be pushing heavy weights right away when you're not even familiar with doing basic exercises?

Meechel
10-10-2008, 09:11 PM
What are you expecting? To be pushing heavy weights right away when you're not even familiar with doing basic exercises?

:lol3: love you mo!

fluteangel
10-11-2008, 01:07 PM
With the things I am familiar with (shoulder press, bench, etc. ) yes.

Noel Clark
10-11-2008, 02:34 PM
With the things I am familiar with (shoulder press, bench, etc. ) yes.

Youa ren't going to go from weak to strong just because you ate some carbs. It is a progression. Each week builds on the next.

Meechel
10-11-2008, 03:32 PM
With the things I am familiar with (shoulder press, bench, etc. ) yes.

I have been lifting for year now and I haven't increased my strength as much as I thought I would but I have tried to increase from previous lifts.

My bench used to be bar only and now it is at 85 max ...that was using 2.5-5lb weights slowly to up it.

Erik
10-11-2008, 04:17 PM
With the things I am familiar with (shoulder press, bench, etc. ) yes.

Yes, because strength is like a light switch - once you flip it you have it.

Come on. :blink:

smuggie
10-11-2008, 08:11 PM
Angela, your expectations are unrealistic. You need to adjust them.

fluteangel
10-13-2008, 04:36 AM
Angela, your expectations are unrealistic. You need to adjust them.

Duly noted.

Everything is such a radical departure from what I'm used to, not to worry, I've listened to you all and I'll shut up now, lift my weights and see what happens. :dope:When I get the form down, I'll worry then about upping my weight, but not until then. I'll also let go of the notion that I have to be sore or feel the burn or worn out and I'll wait a month or two and hopefully, by then I'll be able to see some changes; THEN I'll get back to you if I have questions. THanks everyone!

fluteangel
10-22-2008, 06:41 PM
With the 5x5 program, with building muscle and strength being the main goal, how much (if any) cardio should I be doing? I know growth happens when you rest, and 4 days seems like a lot to me, although I'm definitely liking it! But I want to keep my heart and cardiovascular and lymph systems in good shape too, so what would you suggest cardio-wise so as not to be counter productive to muscle/strength gains?

smuggie
10-22-2008, 07:08 PM
With the 5x5 program, with building muscle and strength being the main goal, how much (if any) cardio should I be doing? I know growth happens when you rest, and 4 days seems like a lot to me, although I'm definitely liking it! But I want to keep my heart and cardiovascular and lymph systems in good shape too, so what would you suggest cardio-wise so as not to be counter productive to muscle/strength gains?

I suggest some SS, maybe two short sessions a week.

Donna
10-22-2008, 07:23 PM
So....how do you know when you have had an effective, muscle growing workout? Any indicators besides waiting to look in the mirror? The pump, the burn, muscle fatigue? What does it feel like to grow muscle?

fluteangel
10-23-2008, 01:29 AM
I suggest some SS, maybe two short sessions a week.

Short meaning 10 minutes? 30 minutes?

And what about ab exercises? Do you basically just train them if you want to?

Noel Clark
10-23-2008, 01:32 AM
Short meaning 10 minutes? 30 minutes?

And what about ab exercises? Do you basically just train them if you want to?

30 min would be fine

Cathie
10-23-2008, 01:35 AM
Short meaning 10 minutes? 30 minutes?

And what about ab exercises? Do you basically just train them if you want to?

I only train abs 2x/week. And I don't even do that much. Only to kill time before cycle class.

smuggie
10-23-2008, 02:14 AM
I do one ab exercise 2x a week. That's it.

smuggie
10-23-2008, 02:23 AM
So....how do you know when you have had an effective, muscle growing workout? Any indicators besides waiting to look in the mirror? The pump, the burn, muscle fatigue? What does it feel like to grow muscle?

Don't think simply in terms of your workouts contributing to muscle growth, because gaining muscle isn't just a question of working out. You have to consider your nutrition and recovery as well. Muscle growth takes place outside the gym and if you don't have all your ducks lined up you won't put on muscle.

Also, don't take what you commonly hear about the pump, the burn or even DOMS as indications you've had an effective workout, because they aren't indicators of that at all.

fluteangel
10-23-2008, 12:01 PM
Ok, one last question about the cardio; is it better to do it after a workout or on an "off" day or either?

Scarl3tbutt3rfly
10-23-2008, 12:09 PM
I would say either.

Erik
10-23-2008, 02:00 PM
So....how do you know when you have had an effective, muscle growing workout? Any indicators besides waiting to look in the mirror? The pump, the burn, muscle fatigue? What does it feel like to grow muscle?

Performance relative to previous sessions is a good place to start.

Not sure what it 'feels' like to grow muscle though.

Erik
10-23-2008, 02:01 PM
I would say either.

Yeah, probably either if it's low intensity work and not for too long.

I'd personally do it on an off day myself.

fluteangel
10-23-2008, 05:53 PM
Yeah, probably either if it's low intensity work and not for too long.

I'd personally do it on an off day myself.

That's what I was thinking. 30 minutes probably isn't a hard and fast rule, think I could get away with only 20? If I wanted to just go for a leisurely bike ride around town and it took an hour, that wouldn't be screwing myself over, would it?

Petro
10-24-2008, 12:09 AM
That's what I was thinking. 30 minutes probably isn't a hard and fast rule, think I could get away with only 20? If I wanted to just go for a leisurely bike ride around town and it took an hour, that wouldn't be screwing myself over, would it?

Angela!:sad: how can I say this nicely.....you are as sweet as can be, but I just sort of want to pick you up and shake you really hard

I want you to re-read what you just wrote, go back and re-read some of your other posts...I would worry more about the calories you are burning and cortisol you are drumming up by stressing if you should do 29.5 or 29.75 minutes of cardio than the actual cardio itself.

Listen, I am about as obssessive compulsive as they come, but sweetheart....you need to let it go...enjoy the process, work hard, eat well and watch your progress...Details are important to a certain extent but there is a line....and you have most certainly crossed it

I say this with all the love in my little heart:angel4:

smuggie
10-24-2008, 12:19 AM
Angela!:sad: how can I say this nicely.....you are as sweet as can be, but I just sort of want to pick you up and shake you really hard

I want you to re-read what you just wrote, go back and re-read some of your other posts...I would worry more about the calories you are burning and cortisol you are drumming up by stressing if you should do 29.5 or 29.75 minutes of cardio than the actual cardio itself.

Listen, I am about as obssessive compulsive as they come, but sweetheart....you need to let it go...enjoy the process, work hard, eat well and watch your progress...Details are important to a certain extent but there is a line....and you have most certainly crossed it

I say this with all the love in my little heart:angel4:
I have to agree with this. :lol3:

fluteangel
10-24-2008, 02:32 AM
Angela!:sad: how can I say this nicely.....you are as sweet as can be, but I just sort of want to pick you up and shake you really hard

I want you to re-read what you just wrote, go back and re-read some of your other posts...I would worry more about the calories you are burning and cortisol you are drumming up by stressing if you should do 29.5 or 29.75 minutes of cardio than the actual cardio itself.

Listen, I am about as obssessive compulsive as they come, but sweetheart....you need to let it go...enjoy the process, work hard, eat well and watch your progress...Details are important to a certain extent but there is a line....and you have most certainly crossed it

I say this with all the love in my little heart:angel4:

Hahaha! :lol: I know, I know! I figure just doing something a couple times a week is fine, I didn't think it really mattered; just wanted to cover my bases. ;) Haha, ok, once again, I will squelch my inner questioner and do cardio when/if I feel like it/have time and otherwise not worry about it. I HAVE been focusing on tracking my calories, seeing how my body responds to the training AND food and I'm learning as I go - I've just never done a bulk before - EVER and never trained this way either EVER, so when I don't have a trainer to just tell me what to do, my brain struggles to want to understand every thing and the reasoning behind it. My inner student/NERD has a hard time just letting go and figuring it out as I go. Guess that's why I was in school for so long....;)

Erik
10-24-2008, 02:47 AM
Angela!:sad: how can I say this nicely.....you are as sweet as can be, but I just sort of want to pick you up and shake you really hard

I want you to re-read what you just wrote, go back and re-read some of your other posts...I would worry more about the calories you are burning and cortisol you are drumming up by stressing if you should do 29.5 or 29.75 minutes of cardio than the actual cardio itself.

Listen, I am about as obssessive compulsive as they come, but sweetheart....you need to let it go...enjoy the process, work hard, eat well and watch your progress...Details are important to a certain extent but there is a line....and you have most certainly crossed it

I say this with all the love in my little heart:angel4:

Couldn't have said it better - literally. My version would have been a bit more blunt. :lol:

fluteangel
11-09-2008, 05:14 AM
What all is considered an auxillary movement? Right now I'm doing bicep curls and tricep extensions, and only on Monday I do hyperextensions. I REALLY want to add more size to my delts and not seeing much improvement there yet (I know, I know, it's early), but would a side lat raise or any other type of isolation shoulder movement be ok to do with the 5x5 or should I wait till it's all done, diet down and do a specialization bulk? Definitely don't want to overtrain, but if I can focus on my shoulders a bit more directly...As it stands now, I'm just doing the shoulder machine on Wed - for support reasons (aka funky shoulder - it would fall out of socket if I lifted heavy weights on military press).

Scarl3tbutt3rfly
11-18-2008, 02:49 PM
What all is considered an auxillary movement? Right now I'm doing bicep curls and tricep extensions, and only on Monday I do hyperextensions. I REALLY want to add more size to my delts and not seeing much improvement there yet (I know, I know, it's early), but would a side lat raise or any other type of isolation shoulder movement be ok to do with the 5x5 or should I wait till it's all done, diet down and do a specialization bulk? Definitely don't want to overtrain, but if I can focus on my shoulders a bit more directly...As it stands now, I'm just doing the shoulder machine on Wed - for support reasons (aka funky shoulder - it would fall out of socket if I lifted heavy weights on military press).

Of course this coming from the "volume queen" (Im talking about me :p). Since I switched to my new program (thanks again Smuggie) I had originally debated adding additional shoulder exercises too. However after doing the routine a couple of weeks now, my shoulder press day in particular, is already exceptionally hard on my shoulders already, as I do some chest presses, etc too. I would say, if you arent feeling it in your shoulders, adding 1 extra lateral shoulder exercise shouldnt hurt anything, especially if you feel it is a lagging body part. However, take into consideration what you currently are doing that is already working them, ie bench presses, back rows, etc. And then decide if based on those, do you need more? Like I said though, if they are really 'lagging' behind then I would add it, if not, I would just stick with what you are doing. Ive had to train my mind to look at the exercises Im doing as not just training the part intended (chest presses only working chest for example). To wrap my mind around the idea I do NOT need more. Now if they part is seriously lagging behind, then maybe you arent giving it enough stimulation and go for it, but remember muscle growth takes time.

fluteangel
11-18-2008, 05:04 PM
Of course this coming from the "volume queen" (Im talking about me :p). Since I switched to my new program (thanks again Smuggie) I had originally debated adding additional shoulder exercises too. However after doing the routine a couple of weeks now, my shoulder press day in particular, is already exceptionally hard on my shoulders already, as I do some chest presses, etc too. I would say, if you arent feeling it in your shoulders, adding 1 extra lateral shoulder exercise shouldnt hurt anything, especially if you feel it is a lagging body part. However, take into consideration what you currently are doing that is already working them, ie bench presses, back rows, etc. And then decide if based on those, do you need more? Like I said though, if they are really 'lagging' behind then I would add it, if not, I would just stick with what you are doing. Ive had to train my mind to look at the exercises Im doing as not just training the part intended (chest presses only working chest for example). To wrap my mind around the idea I do NOT need more. Now if they part is seriously lagging behind, then maybe you arent giving it enough stimulation and go for it, but remember muscle growth takes time.

Thanks Butterfly. I have been keeping my mouth shut and just doing the exercises for the last few months to see what would happen, as I'm not really hitting specifically, those lagging bodyparts, as they get hit in the compound movements. After 2 months, I've put on 8 lbs. which is great, and I can see where the muscle is going - my back FOR SURE, and my chest have gotten the most muscle growth, with my quads coming in after that. My shoulders really don't look like they've changed much, nor my hams, so it still concerns me. Thanks for the clarification! I'm going to be changing the shoulder machine on Wed. to incline bench press and we'll see how that affects my shoulders, then if still nothing, maybe I'll throw in Erik's one arm lat throws? I threw in pull throughs yesterdays for hams, but thinking I'll switch that to something else, maybe SLDL's or ham curl.

smuggie
11-18-2008, 09:14 PM
Of course this coming from the "volume queen" (Im talking about me :p). Since I switched to my new program (thanks again Smuggie) I had originally debated adding additional shoulder exercises too. However after doing the routine a couple of weeks now, my shoulder press day in particular, is already exceptionally hard on my shoulders already, as I do some chest presses, etc too. I would say, if you arent feeling it in your shoulders, adding 1 extra lateral shoulder exercise shouldnt hurt anything, especially if you feel it is a lagging body part. However, take into consideration what you currently are doing that is already working them, ie bench presses, back rows, etc. And then decide if based on those, do you need more? Like I said though, if they are really 'lagging' behind then I would add it, if not, I would just stick with what you are doing. Ive had to train my mind to look at the exercises Im doing as not just training the part intended (chest presses only working chest for example). To wrap my mind around the idea I do NOT need more. Now if they part is seriously lagging behind, then maybe you arent giving it enough stimulation and go for it, but remember muscle growth takes time.
You're welcome. :p

fluteangel
11-28-2008, 12:41 PM
I've been plugging my numbers into the 5x5 routine spreadsheet, however, it goes up every workout by one pound. My gym doesn't have that option - the lowest our weights go on plates is 2.5 lbs. I h ave just been upping everything by 5 lbs every week (2.5 on each side). I've come to the point in the program where my form is starting to suffer at the end because it's getting too heavy (aka: I'm stuck) so I've hit the wall with weight. Since I can't up the weight by one pound every week, should I put 2.5 lbs. on the bar on one side and just lift it unevenly? I tried that with the bench and that ended up not being a pretty picture....

Inatic
11-28-2008, 12:51 PM
do not lift with uneven wts, that isnt safe.

Do you have wrist wts, sometimes you can add weight that way. A good investment might be to get some fractional plates going forward if not able to right now.

Noel Clark
11-28-2008, 03:50 PM
Like Ileen said you definitely should get Fractional plates. I love mine and it helped with both Benching and Push Press when I could go up by 5lbs.

fluteangel
11-28-2008, 03:53 PM
do not lift with uneven wts, that isnt safe.

Do you have wrist wts, sometimes you can add weight that way. A good investment might be to get some fractional plates going forward if not able to right now.

I don't have wrist weights, but good idea. Fractional plates, do you mean go buy .5 or 1 pound plates? Good idea...

Noel Clark
11-28-2008, 03:55 PM
I don't have wrist weights, but good idea. Fractional plates, do you mean go buy .5 or 1 pound plates? Good idea...

http://www.ironwoodyfitness.com/fractionals.php

RpH
11-28-2008, 04:21 PM
What I've been doing while bulking is instead of fractional plates, I've just been doing an extra rep, so I guess it would be 6x5. By the time I can get through this, which is usually one week, I'm ready for a 5lb jump. I haven't hit my top end yet but it's worked good so far.

Petro
11-28-2008, 08:06 PM
What I've been doing while bulking is instead of fractional plates, I've just been doing an extra rep, so I guess it would be 6x5. By the time I can get through this, which is usually one week, I'm ready for a 5lb jump. I haven't hit my top end yet but it's worked good so far.

I've actually been doing this too

smuggie
11-28-2008, 09:12 PM
I go up in increments smaller than 5 lbs. using spring collars. Each one weighs 1/2 lb., so I add three to each side when I want to make smaller jumps in weight.

fluteangel
11-29-2008, 03:46 PM
I go up in increments smaller than 5 lbs. using spring collars. Each one weighs 1/2 lb., so I add three to each side when I want to make smaller jumps in weight.

Another good idea! Our gym only has the standard ones that are all metal (no black grips on the end), not sure which ones you're using, but are each of those 1/2 lb. as well?

smuggie
11-29-2008, 08:58 PM
Another good idea! Our gym only has the standard ones that are all metal (no black grips on the end), not sure which ones you're using, but are each of those 1/2 lb. as well?

I think we're talking about the same thing:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v614/montagnu/springcollars.jpg

fluteangel
11-29-2008, 09:53 PM
I think we're talking about the same thing:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v614/montagnu/springcollars.jpg

Sweet, thanks! We are talking about the same things.

sneezingstardust
06-12-2010, 08:18 PM
This might seem like a dumb question, but....did anyone's nutrition change when they started 5x5? I'm going to be starting Madcows 5x5 on Monday, but I don't really know if my carb/caloric needs would be the same as if I was on a regular hypertrophy program.


Can anyone offer insight into this?

Erik
06-12-2010, 08:38 PM
Nothing about a 5x5 mandates special nutritional considerations, no.

Eat enough to grow.

sneezingstardust
06-12-2010, 08:46 PM
Nothing about a 5x5 mandates special nutritional considerations, no.

Eat enough to grow.

Alright. I had just heard some controversial things, like some people saying you'd need more carbs on a strength program, etc. but wasn't sure if it was just "broscience" or not.

Thanks!

Erik
06-12-2010, 08:49 PM
Alright. I had just heard some controversial things, like some people saying you'd need more carbs on a strength program, etc. but wasn't sure if it was just "broscience" or not.

Thanks!

It's not a high volume program by traditional bodybuilding definition so I'd argue the opposite if I were forced to take a stance.

5x5 isn't tremendously glycogen depleting.

sneezingstardust
06-12-2010, 10:45 PM
It's not a high volume program by traditional bodybuilding definition so I'd argue the opposite if I were forced to take a stance.

5x5 isn't tremendously glycogen depleting.

That's what I was thinking too. I guess I'll just have to test the waters to see what my body will respond best to, carb-wise. :huh:

Plasma
07-17-2010, 11:21 AM
As stated, eat enough to grow. Get your protein in and find enough calories to fuel the workload. If doing the periodized version of the 5x5, the weeks 3 and 4 can be brutal on the body, most especially the middle workout of squats, pulls and overhead pressing. I've had the week four workout take more than two hours to complete and I've finished it feeling completely drained. Allowing for recovery can be crucial to making the most of the 5x5.

dwelsh4
10-16-2010, 03:26 PM
Ok guys I need your help. I am a professional chef/Executive Chef. My business is centered around food. Tasting food and pairing different foods is the foundation of what I do. The pitfalls are obvious. I refuse to submit to the idea that I can not have the body I want and still do the job. So I must educate myself. That is where I need help.

I need to have a clear plan on the use of weights and weight loss. 30lbs.
I am 56, 6'0", athletic and muscular build 210 but want to drop done to 180.
Have had a hip replacement. Otherwise in great health. No drugs no alcohol, clean, no diet pills.

I need info on hunger control/ best stratagies , hormones ect

I am an avid reader. I read everything, so suggest things for me to get up to speed so I can get this done!

Thanks in advance for any help.
Chef Dan
ps I am going to try and design some great food from this that will be published for all to enjoy!

Erik
10-17-2010, 07:31 PM
Ok guys I need your help. I am a professional chef/Executive Chef. My business is centered around food. Tasting food and pairing different foods is the foundation of what I do. The pitfalls are obvious. I refuse to submit to the idea that I can not have the body I want and still do the job. So I must educate myself. That is where I need help.

I need to have a clear plan on the use of weights and weight loss. 30lbs.
I am 56, 6'0", athletic and muscular build 210 but want to drop done to 180.
Have had a hip replacement. Otherwise in great health. No drugs no alcohol, clean, no diet pills.

I need info on hunger control/ best stratagies , hormones ect

I am an avid reader. I read everything, so suggest things for me to get up to speed so I can get this done!

Thanks in advance for any help.
Chef Dan
ps I am going to try and design some great food from this that will be published for all to enjoy!

Dan, welcome to the board. This post will get more views and comments from other board members if you start a NEW thread in the forum.