Hey everyone! Just to make a quick introduction I'm a first year college kid who has been training about 2 years now. I spent a lot of my time as a kid playing Water Polo and most recently (and seriously) rowing Crew.
Now I don't profess any expertise in weightlifting/training however I've spend a good amount of time lurking on forums from the shadows so I have somewhat of a general idea of what a strength training program consists of. I've specifically looked into Starting Strength and Wendler's 5/3/1.
That being said I guess we're all here to learn some more so that's why I decided to finally sign up and ask some questions and get answers from those who've been moving big weights for quite some time. That being said, I was curious to know if my current routine had too much volume. It's my idea of a strength/hypertrophy hybrid program (Push, Pull, Legs) that I wanted to experiment with. Each workout starts with a "core" lift (Bench, Deadlift, Squat) for 5 sets of 5 reps and then is followed by compound movements of the same muscle group for 3x10-12 reps.
It goes as follows:
Incline DB Press
BB (Military) Press
Deadlift 5x5 (Varies from traditional, snatch grip, and snatch grip from a deficit)
Seated Cable Rows
Assistance (if any):
-Delt raises (lateral & rear)
Edit: I also forgot to mention that I do weighted core work at the end of each workout. Typically something like 3xAMRAP
Now my questions are:
1) Is this too much volume?
2) On my pull days should I stick to one grip on my deadlift and keep it that way?
3) Now while I am focused on building strength I do like the idea of 20 rep breathing squats. What are your thoughts on 1x20 vs. 5x5 squats?
Like I said before I'm fairly knew to this and I'm no expert. I'm just trying to learn as I gain experience so any insight or feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks guys hope see your contributions around the forum!