Can anyone suggest me a "5x5" split for bodybuilding?

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    Can anyone suggest me a "5x5" split for bodybuilding?


    Hi all,

    I'm 23 6' 185lbs around 10% bf. Best lift is deadlift 440lbs, once did 400lbs full squat in my weightlifting peak days but this bodybuilding stuff has ruined my leg strength probably because of the high volume low frequency (once a week VS 4 times a week during weightlifting) Bench sucks, i'm doing it with 60kg the "bodybuilding way" (slow motions "pec contraction")

    Did about 5 years of olympic style weightlifting which gave me solid leg and back strength

    Quit because of several reasons and switched to bodybuilding one year ago.


    I joined a buddy who does the typical 4 days a week seemingly overkill in volume, and too low frequency typical bodybuilding routine

    I expected to gain less strength on this than my weightlifting stuff but at least some and a lot of size


    Well I pretty much decreased in strength and look the same


    I think this stuff doesn't work unless ur chemically enhanced or genetically gifted


    So I heard about 5x5 is supposed to be effective for people who are natural and want to get big and strong

    I'm not a powerlifter tho and wish to have an alround developped physique, not the dreaded "t rex" look people supposedly get from programs such as starting strength


    Can anyone draw out a routine for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dexterfan View Post
    Hi all,

    I'm 23 6' 185lbs around 10% bf. Best lift is deadlift 440lbs, once did 400lbs full squat in my weightlifting peak days but this bodybuilding stuff has ruined my leg strength probably because of the high volume low frequency (once a week VS 4 times a week during weightlifting) Bench sucks, i'm doing it with 60kg the "bodybuilding way" (slow motions "pec contraction")

    Did about 5 years of olympic style weightlifting which gave me solid leg and back strength

    Quit because of several reasons and switched to bodybuilding one year ago.


    I joined a buddy who does the typical 4 days a week seemingly overkill in volume, and too low frequency typical bodybuilding routine

    I expected to gain less strength on this than my weightlifting stuff but at least some and a lot of size


    Well I pretty much decreased in strength and look the same


    I think this stuff doesn't work unless ur chemically enhanced or genetically gifted


    So I heard about 5x5 is supposed to be effective for people who are natural and want to get big and strong

    I'm not a powerlifter tho and wish to have an alround developped physique, not the dreaded "t rex" look people supposedly get from programs such as starting strength


    Can anyone draw out a routine for me?
    IMO is the Best Program for Strength

    http://stronglifts.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAxximal View Post
    IMO is the Best Program for Strength
    Best program for strength and so also for bodybuilding?
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    If your losing strenght your overdoing it. If size and strenght is what your looking for maybe try one of the modified west side routines. Another one you could look into is DC training. I've never done it but many like it. It is a bodybuilding routine based on low volume high intensity training. Even though its for bodybuilding it is suppose to also be great for strength gains. I have no expereince with the stronglifts program but looked at the program breifley. I don't think it would be ideal for bodybulding since the only work your biceps would get would be from rows. I personally find arms respond best to twice a week training. I actually get better arm development on westside than I did a classic bodybuilding 5 day split where I only trained arms once every 5 or 6 days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstrong20 View Post
    If your losing strenght your overdoing it. If size and strenght is what your looking for maybe try one of the modified west side routines. Another one you could look into is DC training. I've never done it but many like it. It is a bodybuilding routine based on low volume high intensity training. Even though its for bodybuilding it is suppose to also be great for strength gains. I have no expereince with the stronglifts program but looked at the program breifley. I don't think it would be ideal for bodybulding since the only work your biceps would get would be from rows. I personally find arms respond best to twice a week training. I actually get better arm development on westside than I did a classic bodybuilding 5 day split where I only trained arms once every 5 or 6 days.
    west side routines, isn't that the stuff with chains and elastic bands etc? seems a bit bizarre no
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    Quote Originally Posted by dexterfan View Post
    Best program for strength and so also for bodybuilding?
    yes man you will see
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAxximal View Post
    yes man you will see
    ok sounds great, i'm fed up with these high volume, low frequency workouts killing my strength

    yet they make you sore as hell


    p.s. can you summarize your own experiences and gains on this program?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAxximal View Post
    IMO is the Best Program for Strength

    [stronglifts.com
    i checked the "success stories" on that website and there's not a single one that really impressed me


    well... maybe I can be a success story
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    Quote Originally Posted by dexterfan View Post
    i checked the "success stories" on that website and there's not a single one that really impressed me


    well... maybe I can be a success story
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    Quote Originally Posted by dexterfan View Post
    ok sounds great, i'm fed up with these high volume, low frequency workouts killing my strength

    yet they make you sore as hell


    p.s. can you summarize your own experiences and gains on this program?
    I`m only use this program NOT for gains but for mantain my muscle mass during a strict diet like AD but in overall is a Great program some "old school"
    Bodybuilders has use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAxximal View Post
    5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training System to Increase Raw Strength By Jim Wendler
    so hey, are you saying I should do stronglifts, madcow or 531?


    Sort of confused now
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    I don't know what's best but what's been working for me (after many years of experimentation ...)

    I work out every weekday ...

    Monday: Heavy Chest and Shoulders (aiming for max weight for 6 to 8 reps pref 6)
    Tuesday: Light Back (aiming for 12 to 15 reps)
    Wednesday: Heavy Squat and Deadlift / Quads day - I just punish the lower body but I work "up" and "down" on the weight.
    Thursday: Heavy Back (max weight for 6-8 reps)
    Friday: Light Chest (12-15 rep sets)

    So I go one heavy day on chest and back and one light. Seems to work for me. On the "light" days - I like to do drop sets - which is prolly something that's just stuck with me since the 80's. I like to do drops with DB's of course.

    Also - I will add - I don't do isolation moves - only compound moves. I don't do bicep curls or work out my biceps at all - they work with my back. The only isolation I do I suppose is "shoulders" but I do DB flies here and military press and I don't really consider that isolation moves specifically.
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    I would also recommend 5/3/1 basically because it is straightforward with the progressions clearly planned out for you. You also have the flexibility to customize the assistance work to a certain extent to fit your needs. If you do well with greater SQ frequency then do squats as your assistance work on DL day so you get some SQ work in some fashion a couple times a week. You can also do a little more volume of assistance work on your upper body days (BP and overhead press) to build some size if you are lacking there.
    The other programs mentioned here are also good, I just like 5/3/1 because you have the flexibility to customize it a bit more without losing the original intent of the program.
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    just look into dc training..after 15 years of trying everything i found dc and to me its perfect...but thats me
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    Quote Originally Posted by HondaV65 View Post
    I don't know what's best but what's been working for me (after many years of experimentation ...)

    I work out every weekday ...

    Monday: Heavy Chest and Shoulders (aiming for max weight for 6 to 8 reps pref 6)
    Tuesday: Light Back (aiming for 12 to 15 reps)
    Wednesday: Heavy Squat and Deadlift / Quads day - I just punish the lower body but I work "up" and "down" on the weight.
    Thursday: Heavy Back (max weight for 6-8 reps)
    Friday: Light Chest (12-15 rep sets)

    So I go one heavy day on chest and back and one light. Seems to work for me. On the "light" days - I like to do drop sets - which is prolly something that's just stuck with me since the 80's. I like to do drops with DB's of course.

    Also - I will add - I don't do isolation moves - only compound moves. I don't do bicep curls or work out my biceps at all - they work with my back. The only isolation I do I suppose is "shoulders" but I do DB flies here and military press and I don't really consider that isolation moves specifically.

    so did you not take a OFF DAY?
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    google DC trainning
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    so did anybody ever give this guy a work out routine? or did i miss it i am looking for one myself but i feel i am to new and out of shape for dc traninng.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiman View Post
    so did anybody ever give this guy a work out routine? or did i miss it i am looking for one myself but i feel i am to new and out of shape for dc traninng.
    never know unless you try
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    I think there are better programs out there than 5x5 for bodybuilding.

    Now, some people are gifted in that it doesn't really matter what type of routine they're doing (considering it's not ridiculous) and they'll make gains and have an asthetic physique. Also I'd like to make a point that there is a big difference in "gaining mass" and "building a physique" if we're talking about asthetics. You need muscle to make a phyqiue, but as far as making the best shape out of what nature gave you, it's all about technique and strategy.
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    [QUOTE=Type O Hero;2739283]I think there are better programs out there than 5x5 for bodybuild

    you say you think they are better programs for bodybuilding.what are some?and yes like you say i am interrested in doing more than just adding mass only.
  

  
 

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