With all the differing opinions out there, I thought a good way of finding a balanced, well-suited program for me was to ask the good people of this forum. Given the information below, what do you guys reckon would be a great workout routine to follow?
Age 18, Height 177cm (5'10"), Weight 73kg (160 lbs)
Bench 5RM 80kg (176 lbs)
Squat 5RM 110kg (242 lbs)
Deadlift 5RM 110kg (242 lbs)
Chins and dips, roughly a 14-15RM
My goal: get more functional strength (part-time labouring atm), but also get a fair bit bigger! Genetically more built chest/ass/quads in comparison to narrower shoulders/neck/back/calves, so would be nice to build these lagging body parts up, while still gaining overall mass to my frame.
I've farted around with weights during high school, of course doing bench press, pecdeck and side raises majority of the time. Have stopped for long periods losing any of the little progress I did make.
But more recently, I've become aware of the importance of a balanced body. So a bit over a month ago, I made my own full-body workout using all the staple moves (rows, presses, pull-ups, squats, etc) and I've built up the big 3 to the admittedly still unimpressive numbers above - but hey, there's always room for improvement.
So now I'm in search of a proven workout program that is well-aligned with my goals of size and functional strength. I realise that there is no miracle routine that will make me like Arnold, I'll have to put in the hard yards. But any routine that is more balanced than the current one I use, and will reap greater gains will surely set me on the right path.
I like the idea of full body workouts, but I am open to upper/lower or even body splits. Preferably I'd like to go to the gym around 3-4 times per week.