So I've been lifting now for about 5 months, following WBB1 workout. Gone from 200lbs --> 220lbs in that time (Don't have any updated pics up yet).
I've found that I enjoy doing heavy compound lifts, that's why I'd like to try PL'ing.
Do you guys think I should continue with the WBB1 routine till I develop more experience, or is there a PL'ing routine I should start with? I've eyeballed the 5x5, and have seen some mention of Westside... these recommended beginner routines?
One other question, tonight I tried a Max effort bench, I put up 235lbs for 1. Bumped it up to 245lbs, got it about half way, started struggling a bit and lifted my arse off the bench.... unfortunately my spotter didn't let me finish it, he put his hands on the bar and helped me out (not really sure how much).... If I lift my arse off the bench, but complete the lift should I consider this as a new PR, or should I really try and keep it on the bench at all costs even if I fail?
Thanks guys, look forward to learning a lot and having fun at the same time!
Last edited by fpr; 12-04-2007 at 10:22 PM.
After 5 months you should know your lifts pretty well. I would try bill starr 5x5, squatting 3 times a week really teaches you a lot.
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I would count a gym lift if my ass came off the bench but I finished the lift. You need to keep your ass on the bench though, it's harder to press when your ass comes up.
You can try the 5x5 or a Westside template, or you could try Defranco's WS for skinny bastards template. Just pick something and stick with it for about a year and see where you're going. If it's working well, stay with it. If it's not working, figure out why and make a change.
Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:520 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220
Counting a gym lift where your ass comes up is a personal decision (getting assistance, however slight, negates the lift though, imo). It would not however be a legitimate lift in a powerlifting competition. If you're getting into a PL routine, it might be good to judge your lifts by powerlifting standards
DL 650x1 (raw)
SQ 479x1 (raw), 700x1(suit+briefs)
BP 395x1 (raw), 457x1 (single ply)
Current: 6'1, 265; Goal: 6'6, 270
i dont count them, as i have done 405 with my butt off the bench, but only 380 with strict form. if you count them for powerlifting you only count the lifts you do in competition.