I have just completed 10 weeks of Starr’s 5x5 with good results but am looking for a change. Stripped down hypertrophy is the routine that I got the best results from (2 years ago) and i feel like I respond best to high volume full body routines.
My main issue is that I am not happy with the development of my upper body in terms of strength and hypertrophy when compared to my lower body. I want to see if I can get away with doing 5 upper body exercises and only one for lower body (isolation too…gulp) My legs got worked plenty hard the past 10 weeks with squats and power cleans 3x a week.
A1) Upper body horizontal push (incline bb bench)
A2) Quad-dominant lower body (not doing quad dominant) BB curl
B) Upper body horizontal pull (face pulls) only 30 seconds rest.
A1) Upper body vertical push (Again not doing vertical push as my incline bench is a steep incline) Narrow bench press
A2) Upper body vertical pull (pull ups)
B) Hip-dominant lower body (dead lifts)
As you can see I am trying to put an emphasis on upper body muscles especially the biceps and triceps. I do realize that you have to work legs to grow (Testosterone boost) but I kind of want to give my legs a break and isolate my arms for the first time ever. (ya vain I know)
I was also wondering if it is best to ramp to to a weight that is near my 5 or 10 rep max respectively or use the same weight throughout?
Are their any modifications that I should make? Have I deviated too much from a solid program to the point were I should just choose another program?
Does anyone know of a high frequency full body workout that would be better suited to my goals? My plan is to bulk for another 6 weeks then start doing the cross fit wods to get in better overall shape.
Thanks for any advice i sorely need it.