5x5 or 3x8 for Mass? HELP So much contradiction on the net
I'm 20 and Have been training on/off for the past 4 years, the majority was done with little knowledge and very little gains (training 5 days a week doing mainly isolation exercises and no compounds) and a crap diet.
Last year I discovered ripptoes starting strength and combined with eating the right foods put on over 3 stone in around 3 months, which considering the fact I had been stuck at 10.5 stone for 4 years until this point was a great result. I definately look a lot "bulkier" and my body is pretty solid, but it doesnt particulary look muscular. I havn't trained for around a year now, and after purchasing a power rack and some olympic weights, I'm now ready to get a serious routine going.
I've been reading up on various forums for the past few months regarding the best program to do to build mass. My goal is purely for asthetic looks, not strength. Something like this is what I am aiming for:
I'm 5ft 10, and 13.5st (190ilb 84kg)
Just a little confused on what is best for my goal, as theres so much contradicting information on the net. I've read that 3x8-12 is best for mass, and 5x5 is best for strength. But then Ive seen some of Frankie NY's routines on here which contradict that statement saying that his 5x5 routines are for mass. I've also read a bit into hypertrophy and all of a sudden everythings becoming a little confusing.
What routine would people recommend? Ideally I only want to train 3 times a week as I also train Muay Thai boxing for 2 hours 3 evenings per week and understand that recovery is essential. Ive been looking at Stronglifts, aswel as 3 day push/pull/legs splits.
Any help appreciated
post edited by Mync - 2012/03/04 14:04:43