Hey guys, first post here. I have a question about deadlift, squat, and bench frequency. So, I recently started weightlifting around October 20, 2013 (4 months). I learned much about powerlifting/bodybuilding from countless hours of looking up countless articles, Youtube videos, and forum posts.
So the thing I’m confused about is how often can I do the big 3? When I first started, I did Stronglifts 5x5. It was insanely taxing on me the first two months. It was so bad that I had to take 2 deload weeks off in that time interval.
However, I currently can squat heavy 3 times a week, bench heavy 3 times a week, and deadlift heavy twice a week with no problem. Since that I THINK I know what a fried CNS feels like, I’m wondering if it’s okay to continue lifting at this frequency.
I keep reading on various sources that people should/could only deadlift heavy 1 time a week, and squat around two times a week. Whereas I think I read somewhere (forgot where) that you can work out whatever you want as long as you feel like you can.
I’m still pretty weak. At a height of 5’7, and a bodyweight of 136, I currently bench 135x5, squat 245x5, and deadlift 315x5. I squat wide stance low bar. I deadlift sumo on my heavy sets, and I do conventional until it gets too heavy.
I take a complete week off around every two months (I do it whenever I don’t feel good enough to lift weights, and I always come back stronger). Lifting at my current frequency hasn’t made my lifts go down. I also eat at a caloric surplus of all clean foods and protein/creatine shakes (I don’t count my calories, I just eat as much as possible). I usually get 8+ hours of sleep a day.
If it matters, I have a couple of theories for why I don’t feel tired after my workout sessions. Maybe the weight I’m going at is not heavy enough for it to take a toll on my CNS? Or is it because my CNS is actually getting fucked up, and I just don’t know. Or I have naturally fast recovering CNS (family background: farmers oppressed under Mao Zedong)?
So given my current information, is it okay to continue squatting heavy 3x, benching heavy 3x, and deadlifting heavy 2x a week?