Hey Chad, I thought I'd reuse a post I put on the site a little while ago for you, considering you're the resident expert about frequent workouts.
For background, I'm 5'9 and 170lbs and have been lifting about 2 years. I bench 255, squat 315 and deadlift 345 or so.
I just became a freshman in college, and so now I have basically unlimited access to my gym. This has made me go aobut 6x a week, because I love working out and I like opening up that "window of opportunity" after I lift to eat all I want. I've been following a Push/Pull/Legs split since I got here, using one day of low reps (around 5 for all lifts) and one day of high reps (around 12). I use all compound exercises (db bench, decline db bench, shoulder press, skullcrusher... chinups, pullups, rows... smith machine squats and legpress). However, I haven't really seen very good gains using this program so far. I'm not trying to either bulk or cut at this point, I'm trying to focus on my studies at this point so slightly improving my figure would be nice (my questions only pertain to my workout, though I know diet plays a HUGE role in physique goals). My lagging body parts are biceps and traps. I should track my calories, and I will eventually, but for this first semester I just want to get good grades.
My question is threefold.
1) Should I even be trying to lift this frequently?
2) What program would you reccomend I do if I was to lift this often?
3) If I shouldn't lift this often, then what would you reccomend I do (program-wise)? I want to work out a lot so I can eat big a couple of times a week with lots of healthy carbs and protein, but if working out less often will do my body better than I'll obviously go that route.
(BIG NOTE: THERE IS NO SQUAT RACK OR BENCH PRESS OR FREESTANDING OLYMPIC BARBELLS AT THE GEORGETOWN GYM! I know I hate it, I've just been using various dumbell exercises - and even a little smith machine shudder to get my workouts done)
Thanks for all the help, if you have any more questions just ask!
PS - I loved ABBH I and II