Little background info, I've never lifted a consistent routine, through high school I half assed lifting for track and football and stayed fairly strong, I have a stocky build, short around 5'8 weigh about 194 very broad shoulders and big calves, I've been doing my research around the forums and have made a few topics to get some input.
I've decided to start with a 5x5 routine but I seem to be confused, how do I know the weight to do for the first, second, third, fourth and last set?
I don't really know my max for any lift, so should I start there? And is it just 1 set for each amount of weight?
Is there something better to get into routines? From what I've read 5x5 seems to be the best.
I'm trying to slim down but maintain and build muscle for my upcoming rugby season and beach triathlon thing.
I have a steady healthy diet going on and as soon as all my supplements come in I'll make a more complete post of my diet, routine, and supplements for some more input.
So my main areas of weakness are my back, gut, love handles and hamstrings. The 5x5 I started last week has been making me exhausted squating 3 times a day but It feels like I'm getting used to it.
The Sum Up, to lose weight+build lean mass+ and tone down is the 5x5 the best place to start?