I’ve come to an important part of my lifting “career”. I’ve realized that doing my own stuff, like 95% of gym goers, is not working anymore. I’m ready to take the next step, meaning actually training intelligently/in a manner I enjoy
Here’s my background. Started “training” shortly after my 15th birthday. Initially I wanted to stop being a chubby kid. It worked, but I took it a little too far and went down to 120lbs at 5’7. Once no longer fat, I started eating “normally”, although my training wasn’t the greatest. Fast forward TWO years later, me shortly after my 17th birthday…and I’m 130lbs. Not the best progress, and I only have myself to blame. From not eating ENOUGH, to not committing to a mass gain phase, I never really made any substantial progress. It shows in my lift numbers too, which are weak as hell. To make matters worse, I lost a couple of months of strength progress this summer when I fell into a bout of depression and couldn’t be assed to lift. I know this is a “manly” site, so laugh at me all you want, I should be laughed at.
So here I am, and I think I’ve learned my lesson…what initially worked for me doesn’t work anymore, and to be quite frank, I’ve lost interest in the style of training I used to train in; a laundry list of exercises that I made up on my own. I’d like to do actual routines now, as I am actually motivated to do them; stuff like 5/3/1, Westside, whatever I may read about.
When I say I’m an advanced beginner, I mean that my numbers are poor, but I can’t add weight every session; maybe I can add reps.
So the main gist of this post, I’d like recommendations about a training plan. I’d like a training plan that has structure to it, such as percentages of a max. “Well, that’s powerlifting” you may say. My goals aren’t purely powerlifting oriented or bodybuilding oriented…but I’d like a mix of the two, hence why I’m asking here. I just want to get bigger and stronger.
Here are the types of routines that I have read about that interest me
- 5/3/1 (someone gifted me the books, sorry Jim)
- Westside for Skinny Bastards
- Anything written by CT, Paul etc.
So if anyone could recommend routines that they think would be appropriate, I would appreciate it.
An underlying question I had was, and this may sound stupid I have no doubt routines like 531 will probably make me stronger, but will they still add muscle? I understand it might not be optimal for muscle mass, and even BAD (at least that’s what I’ve heard from the other corners of the internet, so feel free to prove or disprove this)