I'm 22 years old and have been bodybuilding now since I was 15. I've reached 258lbs in the past, but due to my bodyfat at that weight (18-19%) I wasn't particularly happy so I cut down to 210lbs and lost around 4-5% bodyfat. I'm quite content with my weight & bodyfat at the moment, so for the time being I don't have any particular reason to get bigger. What I WOULD like though, is to get as strong as I possibly can without losing any weight. If I put on muscle whilst strength training then that's absolutely fine, I just don't want to LOSE any size.
Therefore, I was wondering where to go from here. Having been following bodybuilding type routines for 7 years now I've no idea how to get into strength training. The only type of strength training routine I've ever done was "Bill Starr's Madcow 5x5" and that was only for a month or so. Having read a few threads today it seems that people wanting to start strength training are being advised to try out "Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength" but I'm not sure if this would be the best route for me to go down considering I already have 7 years of bodybuilding experience under my belt. Granted, it's not as much as some people and it has been mostly bodybuilding and not strength training, but I'm still unsure about it.
What would you guys suggest? I'm no stranger to high intensity, high volume & high frequency routines etc so I'm fairly certain I could cope with any advanced type strength training routine, but then again having hardly done any strength training in the past I'm again unsure what to do. The other thing is, I train at home therefore I have limited equipment. I have the following:
- Power Rack, Olympic Barbell, Olympic Dumbbells, Olympic Weights, Olympic EZ Curl Bar, Bench and a Preacher Curl attachment.
To be honest aswell, I highly enjoy training 5x per week, so if there's any strength training routines out there that are 5x per week that would be an added bonus.
I'll leave it there for now, and hopefully you guys can help me out. I'd greatly appreciate any help/advice.