Alright guys I come from a SS 5x5 Intermediate background and now I must prepare for boot camp.
I haven’t been long on the intermediate program, I actually just switched less than a month ago after topping out on SS.
I’ve been loving the program so far, except I have done some research and came to the conclusion that I may not be training myself for what is ahead of me. Sure I will gain strength, but I know for fact that boot camp will have me do way to many pull ups, mile runs and push ups and quite frankly, 5x5 bench/row/squat just doesn’t sound like the kind of endurance I will need.
I’ve been given advice like perfecting core and back work since that is very important. Some people who have gone to boot camp have also advised me to drop quad development because large quads require loads of energy to function and will cause major pain with all the running that is done.
I know, dropping the squat sounds crazy, but I do believe that guy out of fear of having to large quads by this summer and so would like another opinion on a good training routine to follow and prepare myself for boot camp.
Now, I’ll just add that I would like, if possible, to stay on the 5x5 theory because I do enjoy the v/r/i system. I was thinking perhaps a stronger emphasis on back/core compound work.
For example, here is what I thought of a good routine to follow:
Monday - Volume
bent over row
Wednesday - Recovery
Friday - Intensity
bent over row
As you can see this provides mostly back/core movements while still exercising the legs and respecting the compound movement oriented routine.
I may not gain strength as quickly as my current program, but my goals are slightly different. I will surely get back onto the 5x5 intermediate after boot camp, but for now I need to prepare myself.
Let me know what you think.