The 5x5 Routine

Discussion in 'Training' started by PowerManDL, May 7, 2006.

  1. smuggie

    smuggie Maureen aka Mo

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    I go up in increments smaller than 5 lbs. using spring collars. Each one weighs 1/2 lb., so I add three to each side when I want to make smaller jumps in weight.
     
  2. fluteangel

    fluteangel Well-Known Member

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    Another good idea! Our gym only has the standard ones that are all metal (no black grips on the end), not sure which ones you're using, but are each of those 1/2 lb. as well?
     
  3. smuggie

    smuggie Maureen aka Mo

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    I think we're talking about the same thing:

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  4. fluteangel

    fluteangel Well-Known Member

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    Sweet, thanks! We are talking about the same things.
     
  5. This might seem like a dumb question, but....did anyone's nutrition change when they started 5x5? I'm going to be starting Madcows 5x5 on Monday, but I don't really know if my carb/caloric needs would be the same as if I was on a regular hypertrophy program.


    Can anyone offer insight into this?
     
  6. Erik

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    Nothing about a 5x5 mandates special nutritional considerations, no.

    Eat enough to grow.
     
  7. Alright. I had just heard some controversial things, like some people saying you'd need more carbs on a strength program, etc. but wasn't sure if it was just "broscience" or not.

    Thanks!
     
  8. Erik

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    It's not a high volume program by traditional bodybuilding definition so I'd argue the opposite if I were forced to take a stance.

    5x5 isn't tremendously glycogen depleting.
     
  9. That's what I was thinking too. I guess I'll just have to test the waters to see what my body will respond best to, carb-wise. :huh:
     
  10. Plasma

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    As stated, eat enough to grow. Get your protein in and find enough calories to fuel the workload. If doing the periodized version of the 5x5, the weeks 3 and 4 can be brutal on the body, most especially the middle workout of squats, pulls and overhead pressing. I've had the week four workout take more than two hours to complete and I've finished it feeling completely drained. Allowing for recovery can be crucial to making the most of the 5x5.
     
  11. dwelsh4

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  12. Erik

    Erik Admin

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    Dan, welcome to the board. This post will get more views and comments from other board members if you start a NEW thread in the forum.
     
  13. chickadee1020

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    I just started the 5x5 routine last week. How many different exercises, sets, and reps would your recommend doing for the "accessory" portion of the workout. Also, should I stick to just doing this work out 3 days per week, or add in a day or 2 of weights or cardio?

    Deanna
     
  14. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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    What do you mean add a day or two of weights? It's a 3 day program. Follow the protocol.
    See how you do with the workout and then consider two sets.

    I wouldn't add cardio to start.
     

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