I came here awhile ago and decided to listen to the advice I got.
Pretty simple ay? Ive just realised exactly what you guys mean by
the bench and bicep crew at the gym. I was a former member until I
thought… wait a minute im not actually getting anywhere with
this. So I came here and listening to some advice I decided to do
the Bill Starr 5 X 5 routine and up my calories.
I love it. I have been doing it 2 weeks and have increased my
bench/squat max. Suddenly I realise I am the only one in my gym
who deadlifts… I love it - powerfull and gives you a great pump all over. I had someone come up to me the other day and
say 5 sets of 5 was nowhere near enough reps to fatigue a muscle.
I would have agreed a month ago except I have now increased my
bench doing the 5 X 5. I just carried on. The guy who told me that
hasn’t got any bigger in the year I’ve seen him there. I plan to
give it 2 or 3 months and see if I notice any physical difference.
Im sure I will. I now look forward to the gym knowing exactly what
needs to be done and work to the plan (which i have transcribed in
Excel…!)… I also drink pints and pints of milk which is cheap
and easy to go along with my current eating plan.
To cut a long ramble short - Its a shame there aren’t more people
listening to logic and just getting stuck in, instead of the 'guy
down the gym says this…’
I only get minimal Doms with this routine but nevermind, i used to
get Doms like crazy… maybe i was killing my muscles instead of
stimulating them. I thought doms = success so I would do
everything until i couldnt move the next day. Twice a week.
Also im in and out of the gym in 45mins which is kind of handy. I do the 3 day split with the 3rd day being the day where the weight
goes up for just 3 reps ready for day 1 again.
One question - i read somewhere just now (not here) that you need to do 5 sets of 5 reps with your max weight (after warmup) for all those sets. 5 sets of 5 all at 75kg?
I have been ramping the weights (first working set of 5 might be 50kg, second set might be 57kg and so on until the 5th set is the absolute max weight - 75kg or something). I thought Bill Starrs routine said to do it this way and ramp up. Have i stumbled onto a website that has it wrong or have i misunderstood the principle of the thing?
Cheers all, and again thanks for the advice.