So I set a goal for myself at the start of the year to bench 2 plates, so from February to April I did 5x5 linear progression (bench press only) every 5 days until I stalled quite hard.
From a 70kg 4RM (quite hard), I went to 100kg 3RM (with liftoff) and 90kg 8RM (no liftoff).
I was really satisfied with my strength gain, however, I realized that I enjoyed bodybuilding workouts so much more, sets n reps for the pump. But my lifts were quite imbalanced as I didn’t really Squat or Deadlift at all, so I tried doing SL properly, as well as 5/3/1, but I just found them so, so, so boring…
So for the past 2 or so months I’ve just been trying to Squat and Deadlift once a week or so but haven’t really gained any strength… I really dislike having such a weak lower body so I’m currently sitting on two options but I’m really open to anything.
- Just grind through a linear progression program even though I don’t enjoy it as much.
- Have linear progression for 2 days/week, and hypertrophy workout for 2 or 3 days/week
Any advice is appreciated!
P.S. I put this topic in the Bodybuilding section as I’m mostly looking for advice from people with a somewhat similar background or have faced this issue before.