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Changed Gym, Changing Routine


#1

Alright I've been doing SL 5x5 for 3 months with amazing results but I had to leave my old gym and this one doesn't have 2,5lb plates which would fit on olympic bar (they are like 30mm and Olympic is 55mm) so I can't steadily progress on any of my lifts anymore. I haven't stalled on squat or deadlift yet, but I feel that I'm very close close to it, I'm working with like 95% of my 5x5 RM every time. So now I'm thinking about changing to Lyle's generic bulking routine. Would this be a good idea?
Stats:

Weight: 155lbs
Height: 5 foot 7 3/4
16 y/o
Bodyfat: 13% estimate(I can still see my abs)

Lifts: (no belt or anything)

Squat: last session was 231 5x5 (1.5xBW)
Deadlift: 264 1x5
Bench Press: max was 165 lbs for 5x5 (1Rm will be like 220lbs maybe, estimators are wrong for my lifts)
overhead press: 120 lbs 5x5


#2

Just do your best use bigger plates if you have to. All I can suggest is to buy a pair of 2.5 lbs plates and put them in your gym bag or get yourself some plate mates.

                     http://theplatemate.com/

#3

or use an extra set of the safety collar things that hold the weights on the bar.


#4

I'd get all the plates possible if I would live in US, but I don't, so the shipping alone would cost like 2x the price the plates cost


#5

Surley you can buy weights in your country where do you live Antartica. If you live in a metric system country eg aus uk nz get yourself a pair of 1.25kg plates or use a pair of metal collars like the other poster advised.


#6

If you cannot get the plates, another option is to go to a hardware store and have them cut you a length of chain, whatever will fit best around the bar properly, and figure out what chain they have that will be closed to the 2.5 lbs / 1.25 kgs or whatever you want.

Personally, without the smaller plates I would try just modifying the program as little as possible if you are still progressing on it -- probably just jump weight only every other time, repeating the same weight otherwise.


#7

Well I'm not really progressing that well on the program, OHP is dead, still on the same weight for like a month, bench press - well I would have progressed as much on any other routine. Squat - today I was already weaker. Deadlift - very close to max, about to stall.

Well I guess I'll just search for those plates. I've also head one dude talking about doing full body with all core lifts 3x a week just focusing on one per workout. I guess it's heavy bench + medium squat + medium deadlift / medium bench + heavy squat + medium deadlift... For 3x10. You get the point. Would this work? I'd really like to have a routine based on these 3 lifts.

EDIT: And I'm eating enough - my weight is going up.


#8

OHP is generally the first lift to stall. Have you de-loaded yet?

I'd say stick to 5x5 for another few months. Once you start to stall, de-load (10% iirc) and work back up as per the programme.


#9

Yeah I have deloaded. Didn't help at all. Okay maybe it added 1 rep on a set..


#10

Decided to go with Lyle's GBR. Fk it. Had a good workout today. I can only imagine what will happen after the runup to maxes lol.... Wish me luck going back home. Good that I live less than half a km from my gym.


#11

By the way what are good hamstring exercises? I have very poor hamstring flexibility so I can't go very low on straight legged deadlifts and leg curls feel very heavy lol I'll probably use it as the lower reg hamstring exercise