I care mostly about the numbers. I do not care if I don't have impressive quads, abs, whatever. I don't care to look like a spartan. I do want to look like I lift, mostly I want to get some size on my arms and shoulders to feel like I've gained something when I look at myself. I watch the scale and when I was lifting, saw my weight increase. I was 180 when I started, 207 when I quit, and now I'm sitting around 200 because I've kept up the diet. I never looked muscular but typical sort of athletic, which is fine but like every other guy who was skinny as a kid, I want to get some better looking arms because they seem to go nowhere. Of course on 5x5 there's no arm training usually, so I was doing nothing to improve them.
I doubt I will be able to bench 315 without decent tris/shoulders, but simply doing bench and military press had me stalling on bench all the time. I stayed around 165, although occasionally I would have a good day and get 180x5 for three sets. I like sticking to the main three and variations. But adding something for the ego is all I need. 531, SL, Greyskull all look great for the main lifts but either don't have much added accessory for hypertrophy/bro muscles, or are confusing to me (531).
Can I just do Stfonglifts for awhile and add a short workout of maybe curls, dips, chin-ups after each session, 3x12-15 or something? Then when my main lifts stall, I can explore 531 or another more flexible program. The thing I hate about some programs is that they are inflexible and any change made makes people scream 'you're not doing the program' or to do it as written. But if a program doesn't cater to a persona goals there's no reason to follow it precisely.
I want to bench 225 ASAP, currently at 155.
I want to squat 405 ASAP, currently at an easy 245
I want to deadlift 405 ASAP, currently at an easy 295.
I want to work on my arms and shoulders while still focusing on the main three lifts, because it will simply make me feel better and keep me wanting to go to the gym. I need more results than numbers although the numbers are most important.
I'm leaning towards 531 after reading a little about some others mentioned. I think I could find a 531 template that I like. Stronglifts is serving it's propose to get me back in the swing of things. I need to go read the wendler book again and maybe get that sequel mentioned earlier.
I'm also thinking about getting a power rack/weights for my basement. My gym is a 25 minute drive so an hour commuting plus 1 to 1.5 hours at the gym on a weekday evening is off putting with work and usual life crap.