Hello, I have a question about the 5x5 program. I was wondering when you are supposed to increase the weight and by how much (5 pounds?). I bench twice a week and I was wondering if I should increase after every workout session or after every week.[/quote]
Dan John wrote about several variations of arranging the 5x5 plan:
And Reg Park had his own method:
The first two sets are increased by even amounts and the last three are with the same weight. When you get those last 3x5, increase all sets 5-10 pounds.
If you’re brand new to lifting, you can probably get away with increasing weight each session (as per Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength). If you’re not a total beginner, you’ll be better off choosing one of the above methods and sticking with it for at least 6-8 weeks.