Currently I train 4 days a week,
I have made decent progress on this routine but due to time restraints, college, work, stress, etc. I may have to switch to a 3 day routine. What I was thinking of doing is to to the same number or sets that I was doing, but just put them into 3 days. But then I was thinking on a push day for example, there is no way I could do the same number of sets for shoulders that I used to do. I'd be too wasted from doing chest first.
Then there is the issue of what kind of push pull leg routine to do. I could do a 5X5 with the big three lifts plus a few assistance exercises. I could do a more traditional method say 6-8 sets per large muscle, 4-6 per smaller muscles.
I have been training about 1 year now. As far as goals, I am looking for increased strength and some more size. I believe the size issue will be more dependant on diet and rest than the training. I'm basically a skinny endo, if there is such a thing. I can put on water and fat weight very fast, but muscle gains are ever so slow.
Anybody ever do a 5X5 or a regular 3 day routine? What exercises did you incorporate? What were your results? My mind is an open book here so any comments are welcome. Thanks.
i do a push/pull/leg.
basically 3 compounds and 2 isos. actually, i add side lateral raises in on chest day, and superset DB OHP with seated bicep curls.
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You could do what i do. It's kinda split over 2 weeks:
It means the delts get hit on a friday, get 5 days rest, then get ten days rest before you hit them again. it also means tris get hit only once directly every other week [so they are trained once directly and once indirectly every other week].
Also, usually after chest my tris are fried that OH pressing is affected - this way that only happens every other week. And infact, on days when i do delts after chest i do the raises before presses for delts so a) my tris have a bit longer to recoop before the presses and b) it kinda fatigues my delts down to the level of fatigue that my tris have.
give it a try. It's been working well for me so far.
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