Been doing some reading from authors Reg Park and John Berardi trying to design a 5X5 routine. The two conflict however. Berardi recommends keeping the weight the same for all 5 sets, while Park recommends using the first two sets as a warmup and then keeping the weight the same for the last three sets. For example:
Under Berardi, and say Bench Press for example, I would do 5 sets of 5 reps with all sets at 200 pounds and increase the weight only when I can get all 5 sets at five reps for that weight.
Under Park, once again using bench press, I would do 160 pounds in the first set, then 180 in the second set, and finally 200 for each of the last three sets.
So, I’m not sure which way to go. I would warm up regardless if I were doing it Berardi’s way or not. So if using his way I would do a total of 7 sets (2 warm up and 5 working). Are 5 working sets really required or is Park’s method of only using 3 work sets sufficient (obviously the answer is yes if that’s what he did right (rhetorical))?
Just to give a little more back ground, I would be centering my routines around the 3 big lifts (Bench, Squat, Dead). I’m currently using a routine from a Reg Park article that goes a little something like this:
and I just alternate between these two with 2 days rest between. I want to keep it basic like that because the more complicated I make it (i.e. throwing in bicep curls, skull crushers, etc…) the more off track I seem to get. My goal here is mass and strength. I’d rather not throw in any extra exercises until I’ve built a foundation I can be happy with. I used the Reg Park method today but it’s waaaaayyyyyy too early to judge since this was the first workout that I went back to 5X5, so I had to dial in my weight again. Todays workout was more of just a primer to find my working weight. However, those poundages may change if I decide to use Berardi’s method since I will certainly have to reduce the weight a little bit in order to get all 5 sets of 5 reps with a constant weight.
So, any input would be great. Would you go with Berardi or Park? Thanks in advance.