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Stronglifts 5x5 Question


#1

Hi guys I know quite a few people have done Stronglifts here so I was chasing some advice,

I'm sure this has been asked a thousand times before (i've searched to no avail), but when do you scaled back from 5x5 squats to 3x5?

I'm 185 and 105kg atm, and yesterday did 140kg 5x5 - 1.33x body weight - so should I start scaling back to 3x5 or keep going with 5x5 till its gets to hard then scale back?

This is also totally raw, no belt or straps etc, when should I start using a belt if at all?

Thanks

Tim


#2

Keep going 5x5. No matter how hard you think it gets. Once you really can’t add weight anymore and you deloaded 3 real times, then you can switch to 3x5. But grind it out with 5x5 as long as you possibly can imo.


#3

Thanks for the information.

Do you have any input on when to use a belt? Or should I progress as long as I can without one?