When I got back into lifting about a year and half ago or so, I tried a lot of different routines (full body, BGB, body part splitís, Westside etc...) some worked others did not. Awhile back I took two weeks off from the gym (a long and much needed vacation). Before I went back I thought about what are my goals in the gym? The reason I started back in the first place was, wanting to improve my overall health and to lose weight. Iíve always wanted to be stronger, and while I do want to have more muscle mass than what I have, Iím not looking to be a mass monster either. Iíve deadlifted over 400 pounds, recently squatted over 300 for the first time, so Iím happy with what I have accomplished so far.
When I started thinking about different routines, I just started to realize sometimes less is more. The more and more I thought about it for what I want to accomplish I donít need to be in the gym 5 days a week. Go to the gym stick the basicís hit it hard (with good form) and go home.
I just stuck with a simple layout, same as bill stars 5x5 routine, except that I simply lift based upon how I feel. I may hit a exercise 3x8 this time, next time I may work close to a 5 rep max, maybe 4x10, etc. I did back squats on Monday maybe Ill do hack squats on Friday, instead of deadlifting maybe ill do rack pulls or good mornings this time etc.. I simply go in lift and go home. I write down every exercise and rep scheme that I do, and my only goal is to beat that next time I lift, whether I beat it by a adding more weight or by getting another rep, it doesnít matter. I will add in a couple of other exerciseís, some tricep work, reverse hypers, ghetto ghr, what ever I feel like adding that day, without overloading any given muscle group.
I just donít feel so confined and in all honestly Iím the most happy with this routine. While some may or may not agree with this for me and what I want to accomplish it works.
Just wondering if any one has done anything like this or not?