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    Wannabebig New Member
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    May 2006

    5x5 plateau

    I have been doing a 5x5 routine since Feb. Being that the routine has you doing 5x5 for 4 weeks and 3x3 for the next four. I thought that would be enough to keep my body guessing. However, I think I may have hit a plateau as my lifts especially my chest are not going up.

    Do you think a change in routine is in order? I was thinking doing some of the wannabebig methods. What are the results on this? Anyone gained any serious muscle? I have heard many "newbies" say they have, what about experienced lifters. I have about 10 years under my belt.

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    May 2006
    try using some dumbells for bench. Mayeb this would help.

    try upping your calories/protein, but im ignorant as to how much you eat.

    I noticed people who start eating like a cow, get stronger, and they dont even lift weights.

    Who knows really..?

    Try throwing in some high reps(around 8) with the low reps scheme. Maybe your body will respond to that

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    Senior Member Jorge Sanchez's Avatar
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    May 2005
    The WBB routines are solid, they will work for you.

    You say you've been lifting for 10 years? Your lifts may be stagnating because you are approaching your natural potential. The gains obviously slow down the stronger/bigger you get.
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    Wannabebig New Member
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    That would suck. At a max bench of 245, Squat of 270 and Deadlift of 295 I'm not quick ready, mentally, to reach my natural limit.

    I hope it's just a plateau. I'll keep you posted.

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    Senior Member TechMetalMan's Avatar
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    Try a 3x8 for a month and see if anything happens.
    18 Years of Age

    5'7'' 140 lbs---Now 148

    As of Feb. 2006------As of April 2006------As of July 2006

    Bench- 155 x 2------170 x 1--------------Not Tested
    Squat- 200 x 1 (parallel)------Untested-------205 x 1 (Ass to Grass)
    Dead- Untested------235 x 2-----------250lbs x1 (3 sets of this)


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