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Anyone switch to the 5x5 program? #8001216 10/07/20 01:10 PM
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Another plateau. I have stopped adding muscles despite my workout efforts.

- I don't think I have over trained byt I workout 5 days a week
- Protein intake is high due to the carnivore diet
- Plenty of rest
- No real stress except for the 9mm ammo shortage
- No carbs M-F - this may be an issue

To mix it up, I am considering working the 5x5 through the end of the year. The hard part will be to only workout 3 days a week. I've done it before. I rank squats right above the devil.

Anyone else do this?

Here is the program - https://stronglifts.com/5x5/


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Re: Anyone switch to the 5x5 program? [Re: Chickenman] #8001365 10/07/20 03:00 PM
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To overcome a plateau, you need to deload.

Re: Anyone switch to the 5x5 program? [Re: Chickenman] #8002357 10/08/20 10:48 AM
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I think your time frame is too short to consider anything a plateau.

I would stay with your regiment and if you have same results after a couple of months then look at a change.

Re: Anyone switch to the 5x5 program? [Re: Chickenman] #8003748 10/09/20 01:45 PM
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Just a thought, but are you gaining weight every week? If not, you need more calories....hard to do with zero carbs.

I never did the 5x5 and tried to go to failure...rep range of 8-15 with failure is best for hypertrophy, lots of studies on this.

Re: Anyone switch to the 5x5 program? [Re: Chickenman] #8006162 10/11/20 09:14 PM
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I did 5x5 when I was in Presidio, you can reach a plateau with that also. On your off days run, or walk fast.

Re: Anyone switch to the 5x5 program? [Re: Chickenman] #8008638 10/13/20 08:29 PM
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I switched to the 6X6 program a few months ago, and have been putting on 1-2 lbs a week since. About 250 now and climbing. It's amazing what a 6 pack in each hand can do.......burp.

Re: Anyone switch to the 5x5 program? [Re: Chickenman] #8009229 10/14/20 04:03 AM
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I hit a plateau so I changed from back & bi day, chest & tri day to chest & back day & arm day. (also leg day & an easy day of shoulders & traps).
I also changed from 12, 10, 8 reps to 8, 8, 8 but go heavier than I was & heavier w/each set ( 245x8, 265x8, 285x8). I find these 2 changes have helped me beat plateaus in the past.


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