I’ve got a slightly different question, but related:
I’ve been on a 5x5 program since June, and I’m going to switch to something else in 5 weeks, after I hit 300 on squats and deads for reps and 200 on bench for reps.
The question I’ve been struggling with is: what?
For me, those numbers seem like a good point to say, “ok, I’ve got a base of strength. It’s time to start getting big.” Sure, my shape’s changed a bit, but I want to start really focusing on getting some size.
The problem I’ve got is that there are tons (literally; if I printed them out, it’d probably total several metric tons) of programs on T-Nation alone. And all of them claim to be great.
So, as a beginner, I’m left wondering where to even begin paring the choices down. Do I want a 5-day split? Circuits? Supersets? high volume? High intensity? Something else?
I’ve been so frustrated, I’ve considered taking my current program (a basic 5x5 with a Texas method variant for progression) and using some different variations on the basic lifts (different squat types, different standing and lying presses, different standing pulls, etc.), lightening the weights, and upping the reps.
But I will happily admit I know nothing about programming, and would rather have something already designed I could follow.
I’m just at a loss as to what would make sense for someone just moving away from a 5x5 program who wants to start focusing on size.