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Thread: Review my 5x5

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    Dr. Bodybuilder
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    Review my 5x5

    Hello all,
    I have been training for 2.5 years and I feel that it would be more than appropriate to change my current routine. I am a loyal T-Nation reader and I found this routine-- it seemed like a good choice. The article is located here: http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...e_and_strength

    For all those who are lazy and for the sake of expediting replies I have post the routine here:

    Monday

    Hyperextensions 3x10 (one minute breaks)

    A1) Standing barbell military press 5x5
    A2) Barbell bent-over row 5x5

    Take two-minute breaks in between each set of A1 and A2. Go back and forth until all of the sets have been completed.

    Barbell squat 5x5 (three minute breaks in between each set)


    Wednesday

    Hyperextensions 3x10 (one minute breaks)

    A1) Weighted dip 5x5
    A2) Weighted pull-up 5x5

    Take two-minute breaks in between each set of A1 and A2. Repeat until all of the sets have been completed.

    Barbell deadlift 5x5 (three minute breaks in between each set)


    Friday

    Hyperextensions 3x10 (one minute breaks)

    A1) Incline barbell press 5x5
    A2) Dumbbell renegade row 5x5

    Take two-minute breaks in between each set of A1 and A2. Repeat until all of the sets have been completed.

    Barbell squat 5x5 (three minute breaks in between each set)


    I apologize for not formatting the routine and the link, for some reason the editor is broken (for those who are tech-savvy: The formatting images contain no Javascript so they are just dead images.)

    Please let me know what I can do to make this a better program.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by c3p; 08-22-2008 at 05:39 PM.
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    there are some big issues that i see straight away from looking at that routine. firstly is the order of the exercises shown, assuming thats the order you're doing them in. you've got the biggest compound moves last in your workouts, i.e the squats and deadlifts. You would be much better off doing these first in my opinion as these will promote the biggest gains, and doing them first will enable you to put more effort in.
    The other issue i see myself, is that you have unbalanced numbers of exercises for upper body compared to the legs.

    The fact that compound movements are the mainstay of the routine is good though, and so is the fact that your squatting more than once a week with this routine.
    I'm sure other users that look will give you more feedback on other faults with the routine that havn't jumped out at me, as i viewed quickly and must admit it's late here.

    In my honest opinion you may be just as well off to just look at the excellent Starting Strength routine by Mark Rippetoe though, it's similar to the one you posted in that it's compound movements, with squatting 3 times a week. i don't have the link handy, but if you search starting strength at wikipedia.org you should find a write up about the routine, along with the routine itself.

    hope this helps

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    http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wi..._Strength_Wiki

    Seems more like a routine tailored towards advanced lifters? Dunno. Either way you'd benefit from doing Starting Strength instead.
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    I actually like Rippetoe's routine much better. Thanks guys!
    Last edited by c3p; 08-22-2008 at 09:00 PM.
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