I had to start doing a shorter workout week due to working away recently and adopted a programme I found called stronglifts. It basically has you squatting three times a week with bench, rows and pullups twice a week and over head press, chinups and deadlifts on the wednesday.
I am really suprised at the strength gains I have made in just 3 weeks. I love the squatting and find it extremely satisfying but I feel lazy and bored with only doing 5sets of bench and a couple of chins and rows.
The site says not to try and get a pump and that getting stronger is the key to getting bigger but if anything I am looking worse physically than when I started. I might be getting stronger but the repetition range is much lower so It is probably that more than anything for the sudden numbers jump.
I was wondering if anyone else knew about this routine and could explain the wisdom of squatting three times a week and only OHP for one day a week rather than having squat one day with more sets but at the same rep range, then dead lifts the next, bench the next etc etc.
I love the gym and more frequency seems a lot more fun than only being there 40 minutes 3x a week.