I know you've all read these dorky beginner posts a million times, but, I've been lifting 4 days a week for 5 months and am thinking I'm ready to ask some questions.

I saw a "personal trainer" at my Gym the other day, and he didn't answer jack **** worth of questions for me- he tried to sell me on a $750 training session and a bunch of supplements. Total snake oil.

Anyhow, here's my routine. I'm going for maximum gains in strength, and not necessarily size (but hey, if that's a side effect by all means I'll settle).

Percentages are of max; what I could do 3 times and fail on the last rep.

Day 1:

Standing Bicep Curls (3 sets): 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Cable Flies (3): 14 x 60%, 12 x 65%, 10 x 70%

Hack Squats (3): 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Tricep Pull-Downs: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Shoulder Press: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Day 2:

Incline Bench: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Decline Bench: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Hip Squeeze (Abductor): 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Hip Push (Adductor): 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Shrugs: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Leg Extensions: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Precher Curls, Seated: 8 x 60%, 7 x 65%, 6 x 70%

Day 3: Rest

Day 4:

Rear Deltoids (Reverse Butterflies): 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Shoulder Press: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Calf Raises: 10 x 65%, 8 x 70%, 6 x 75%

Lateral Raises: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Low-Back Extensions: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Standing Bicep Curls: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Day 5:

Flat Bench Press: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Forearm Curls: 12 x 55%, 11 x 60%, 12 x 65%

Iso-Lateral Rows (Basically Seated Rows): 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Leg Curls, Seated: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Tricep Pull-Downs: 6 x 80%, 5 x 85%, 4 x 90%

Day 6 & 7 (Weekends, heh..): Rest

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I currently weight 155lbs, 5'6" around 16% bodyfat. Taking in appx 200 grams of protein a day, 150 of which come from a whey+soy supplement. Also taking 4-5g of creatine a day, after workout, dissolved in grape juice.

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I have had some good gains in strength and such, but notice that the WBB routines call for much higher reps than what I have been doing. I am losing my workout partner at the end of the month (read as: I HAVE NO SPOTTER), so I am going to need to redesign my workout so that I can do it myself. If I am to follow the WBB routine, what weight should I be doing on those? Should I be working to fail on the last rep?

Also, is my protein intake satisfactory, or too high? Should I be taking any of that L-Glutamine growth hormone ****? I have been very wary of supplements in the past, and just started the protein + creatine intake appx. 2 weeks ago.

Any input would be much appreciated.