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    Which strength program worked for you?


    Of all the training programs that you have tried, (whether you made it yourself or if it is something established already) which ones have given you the best boosts in strength?



    And please be detailed about it. None of that "I SQUAT HEAVY AND DRINK MILK" crap.
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    I drink milk and squat heavy
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    My years of serious training are limited but I have great faith in DC Training as far as mass and strength gains.
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    Following a Westside template worked well for me. I made constant PR's. I'm trying 5/3/1 now. So, far it's ok. It's hard to get used to working with lighter weight constantly. I read the 5/3/1 for powerlifting the other day, and I'm probably going to stick with that for a while. It keeps you working with heavier weight more often, and allows you to hit some singles more often.
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    Thanks for the link I think I might try that out for a while...have you had any success with it?
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    5/3/1 is awesome if youre gonna stay on it for like a year

    other than that

    WSC all the way

    ive done both, and once youre experienced ill say WSC is superior if you got ppl to help you and critique you. 5/3/1 you'll put on like 30lbs+ easy. i
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    1) 5/3/1 for me
    2) westside for skinny bastards v3
    3) westside
    Ill say that my attempts at both the above versions of westside are why they rank 2 and 3 for me. I learned A LOT doing 5/3/1 that one day ill take to use westside once again. Examples are proper assistence work, technique, explosiveness. 5/3/1 really allowed me to learn and grow unlike any other program.
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    WESTSIDE IS THE BEST...
    I have done 5x5
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    High Volume bodybuilding splits

    The westside program has produced significant and consistant strength gains for me put 200lbs on my total between 2009 and 2010. Made Top 15 ranking for my weight class raw as well during that period.
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    Looks like its time to get reading on westside lol
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    The program I wrote:
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    1. Hussey/Westside Hybrid
    2. Wendler 5/3/1
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    Madcow's 5x5

    Worked incredible for myself and probably about 7 other friends who I introduced it too. Regardless of diet, everyone got stronger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt352 View Post
    Thanks for the link I think I might try that out for a while...have you had any success with it?
    yes working perfect for me on Atkins Diet
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    5x5 has done really well for me. In addition, kubiks dinosaur training has helped me hit some PRs. Eapecially using heavy singles training.
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    I did Starting Strength for 1-2 months, moved up way faster than they said to, was always sore and had some small injuries (nothing that a lacross ball wouldn't fix), but ate a $hit ton and made big leaps in strength gains especially with my squat. It got my lifts to where I wanted them in order to start 5/3/1. I had never done a strength program in the past, always lifted for volume and TUT.

    I'm doing the regular 5/3/1 with some volume work thrown in. Going to switch to 5/3/1 powerlifting on my next wave (3/5/1 with singles)
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    I SQUAT HEAVY AND DRINK BEER..........





    Nawwwwwwww, right now im using GVT and its the best strength program ive ever used, but since its so intense your muscles take ALOT longer to recover.

    Like if i do Biceps, within the next 3-4 days they will be sore as hell.
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    I didn't think GVT was specifically for strength, since it's volume training... What sort of strength gains are you seeing from it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutterpump View Post
    I didn't think GVT was specifically for strength, since it's volume training... What sort of strength gains are you seeing from it?
    Its not really for strength. Im starting my Var cycle in 3 weeks and then im switching to Advanced German Volume Training which will give you way better strength gains than that of 5x5.
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    Would you recommend one of the Westside for Skinny Bastard versions over the others?

    Or are 1, 2, and 3 all going to be great and it doesnt matter?
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    My little brother is just getting into lifting and I had recommended Starting Strength. Not seeing many people suggesting that one, should I have suggested something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RJW719 View Post
    My little brother is just getting into lifting and I had recommended Starting Strength. Not seeing many people suggesting that one, should I have suggested something else?
    Starting Strength is a great program, and very simple to follow - so it is great for beginners and intermediate lifters. He'll be able to milk the strength gains off it for a long time as long as he eats and sleeps enough. I would recommend this program over any other for a beginner.
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    5/3/1 ALL DAY!
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    Starting strength and 5/3/1
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    I've recently started the Finnish Deadlift Program, & after 4 weeks I already noticed an increase in speed off the floor for the deadlift.
    I believe Andy Bolton uses a variation of this program, & I've heard of people adding up to 100lbs to their deadlift. However, the version I'm using is long as hell. First cycle is 15+/- weeks, & there's 3 cycles. I've found a shorter one, but I kinda like the load progressions of the long version.
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    How many times a week do you deadlift ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdpwrlifter
    How many times a week do you deadlift ?
    2x a week.
    Loads are real light, but they're off of a 5"+ box. Auxilary lifts are rows, pull-ups/lull-downs, power cleans, & hypers.
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    Sounds like it would work well.
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    I second that.
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    i've done 5/3/1 for a few years.. it put literally 200lbs on my squat in two years and 150 on my dead so i say its a good program.
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    Did you do any accessory work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdpwrlifter
    Did you do any accessory work?
    Oh ya lots of adducter abductor, shoulder health stuff, grip stuff. I would still do isolations like curls at the end of workouts just cause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brody Laybolt

    Oh ya lots of adducter abductor, shoulder health stuff, grip stuff. I would still do isolations like curls at the end of workouts just cause.
    I'm on westside barbell routine so its similar, two great routines.
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    Doing westside and love it
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    I feel westside has helped me the most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ViKtoricus View Post
    Of all the training programs that you have tried, (whether you made it yourself or if it is something established already) which ones have given you the best boosts in strength?



    And please be detailed about it. None of that "I SQUAT HEAVY AND DRINK MILK" crap.
    "DC training" but with a couple more reps per set and 30-40min per workout not 20-25min.
    I know its for mass and i do train for mass (bbing not powerlifting), but strength really lifted off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gagnon71
    Doing westside and love it
    How long have you been on it? What kind of gains have you seen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdpwrlifter

    How long have you been on it? What kind of gains have you seen?
    Is there any videos explaining westside? I have a hard time understanding alot of it so ive never really tried it.
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    You can try their website or look them up on YouTube
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