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2004/03/05 06:10:49 (permalink)
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5 x 5 - time in gym

How long is it taking you to do Frankie's 5 x 5? If I take 2 minutes between the sets, it is taking me about an hour for just the lifting. With warming up, stretching afterwards, it is getting pretty long. I'm wondering about cutting back to just two lifts each day, or doing less sets on the third lift, just to save on time. Thoughts?

Steve

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    mb
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    RE: 5 x 5 - time in gym 2004/03/05 09:01:23 (permalink)
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    2 minutes is a bit on the low side if anything. 5 mins on the final sets of Squats or Deadlifts is not unusual. If you feel you need the recovery - take 5 minutes rest.

    My session takes well over an hour.
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    RE: 5 x 5 - time in gym 2004/03/05 16:35:06 (permalink)
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    I know i have to take 5 minutes in between deads.
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    RE: 5 x 5 - time in gym 2004/03/06 02:19:44 (permalink)
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    Personally, I wouldn't worry about it unless you're spending 2 hours or longer in the gym doing the actual workout(not counting warmup & stretching).
    Right now I'm doing 4 exercises per day(M/W/F) 3x8 and I take about 3 minutes in between sets. With warmups & stretching included, I usually finish up within just under an hour. I'll be starting the 5x5 routine in 5 weeks.

    I don't think its mandatory to take 5 minutes in between every set, just rest until you feel recovered. But if you need 5 minutes, it shouldn't be a problem. If you're only doing 3 exercises(which is what you should be doing), then it shouldn't take you longer than 1 hour & 45 minutes to complete your workout, and that's including the time it takes you to warm up & stretch. Imo, that amount of time isn't going to hurt.
    Now if you're trying to do 4 exercises, you're cutting it close & probably have to cut the rest period short in between some of your sets. I would think 4 is pushing the limit for 5x5, but you could probably get away with it on 4x6.

    Some people spend too much time warming up, too. I do a quick 5 minute cardio warmup, stretch, do 1 warmup set on each exercise, stretch again, and then start my workout. Plain & simple. It doesn't take me longer than 10 minutes to warmup & get started.
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    RE: 5 x 5 - time in gym 2004/03/06 04:50:00 (permalink)
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    starmitt:

    Try reducing your number of work sets from 5 to 4 if you need to finish faster.
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    RE: 5 x 5 - time in gym 2004/03/06 05:22:55 (permalink)
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    Thanks for all the input. mb, checked out your log, nice progress man.

    Frankie, I'll try 4 x 6 instead of 5 x 5, that will save as many sets as just cutting the third movement down to 2 sets. Thanks.

    Steve
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    RE: 5 x 5 - time in gym 2004/03/08 13:45:58 (permalink)
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    Good call, that's what I've just done with my routine.
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