So I’ve been a recreational lifter and long distance runner for the most part of the last two years of my life. These two passions of mine have never been able to co-exist well. Anyway, I decided to cut my mileage significantly when I started 5x5 8 weeks ago, and definitely seen some strength improvements. At 5’5 140lbs, these are my best lifts since my last workout:
Squat 85kg (187lbs) 5x5
Bench 62.5kg (137.5lbs) 5x5
Deadlift 95kg (209lbs) 1x5
Overhead press 42.5kg (93.5lbs) 5x5
Pendlay row - 57.5kg (126.5lbs) 5x5 - lower back does not like this and form was terrible
A week ago I caught the flu bug so I haven’t been to the gym since. But in this week I probably spent more time trawling through T-Nation and elitefts and learning more than in my past two years of “bodybuilding”.
I had planned to resume 5x5 as soon as possible but a couple of days ago I started to read up more about Wendler’s 531, and naturally, began to compare the two. Given I’m 20 and enlisting into the army in 4 months time, I have to make a choice now.
My goals now are to get stronger and bigger and also to be able to complete the 1.5 mile run in 9:44 or so (the gold standard for the physical test). My previous best was 10:32 last September, haven’t tested it since but I am guessing it is probably 11 mins or so now without being able to run as much as I would have liked to due to squatting 3 times a week with 5x5.
With 4 months to go, I have to say that I like the relatively quicker gains in strength for 5x5, yet I realised I would be able to throw in some conditioning e.g. hill sprints and interval running with 531.
Would it be a good idea to switch to 531 for 4 cycles or continuing with 5x5 for another 4 weeks before doing 531 for 3 cycles?
Any comments/opinions are welcome