So I've been doing Rippetoes for the past few months (instead of a strength program I made myself) and it's going great. I can, however, tell that soon it's going to be time to switch programs as my lifts are slowly stagnating.
So, 'what program to do next?' I postulated. Well I plan on moving to some Upper/Lower splits such as ABBH2, and then WS4SB3. After that I want to Powerlift.
But right now, I think I should stick to the full-body stuff and aim to build my strength more. BUT I have truly had enough of low rep work to last me a while so I want to switch gears to a higher volume routine for more conditioning and size.
This is what I had in mind...
Tuesday 3 x 12
Back Squat (rep progression from Sunday)
Incline Bench Press (rep progression from Sunday)
Chest-Supported Row (rep progression from Sunday)
Friday 3 x 6-8
Deadlift (3 x 5)
Sunday 3 x 8
Back Squat (weight progression from Sunday)
Incline Bench Press (weight progression from Sunday)
Chest-Supported Row (weight progression from Sunday)
As far as I can tell it looks alright. I'm sticking to the compounds to build strength but using more volume as a change of pace and because I didn't get hypertrophy from Rippetoes (and yes I know the program wasn't meant for that).
My plan for the long term is like this:
Finish up Rippetoes (Full-body strength program)
Do this full-body size oriented routine for a while.
Move onto ABBH2 (keeping along with the hypertrophy emphasis)
Finally start WS4SB3 with bigger muscles primed for strength work.
the mysterious future...
Any comments or criticism? I was going to start Bill Starr's 5 x 5 but to be honest I just wanted to get away from the heavier lifting for a while. Just to give my joints and inner Schwarzenegger a massage.
I also looked at TBT but it annoys me. I hate constantly rotating exercises and parameters. My body doesnt need that much variation and it would just confuse the heck out of my CNS.
Anyway, what do you guys think? I'll probably only follow this routine for 4-6 weeks, depending on how I progress on it.
16 summers of age
6'0" or was it 1"?
As I said comments are welcome.
I have an axe to grind...