Strength Routine Help
Hey guys, I was reading about a strength routine where you do the 5*5 system that Reg Park used. This is where he picked a weight he could do for 7 reps or so and tried to do 5 sets of 5 reps with it. If he couldn't do it, he tried again the next week. And if he did, he would increase the weight by 5 pounds and start the cycle over again. I was thinking of doing this routine with it:
Barbell Rows 5*5
Barbell Curls 5*5
Bench Press 5*5
Seated Military Press 5*5
Skull Crushers 5*5
Ab Crunches (weighted) 3*10-12
Leg Curls 3*8-10
Calf Raises 3*8-10
Now with this routine, I was thinking about adding 2-3 sets of assistance exercises for each body part. Now if this routine is good as it is, would those exercises cause me to overtrain? Thank you very much.
I think that overtraining could become an issue.
Just go by what your body is telling you; if you feel fatigued during your workout don't feel bad if you just stop working out that day. Your body is telling you it's done for the day.
Looks like a good basic routine, as MA said if you feel your being overworked cut back on the sets
That looks like an excellent routine.
It looks good. If your main goal is strength, I would suggest dropping some exercises. I believe that on the 5*5 routine, the first 2 sets are warmup, and the next 3 working sets, I may be wrong.
Quick question. On a typical 5X5 routine, you don't go to failure on each set, correct? I mean, if you use the same weight for each set, the first 3-4 sets wouldn't be to failure, but the 5th would right?
You would be correct. Only the last set, maybe last 2 would be to failure.
Looks like a good start, to me.
Reg Park's 5x5 was the same weight for each set, and you stopped at 5 reps, even if you could do more.
If you got 5 reps for each of the 5 sets, the next workout you add weight.
Cool, thanks for making that clear.