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2006/07/16 19:25:33 (permalink)
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Need a break from 5x5

Been running Frankies 5x5 since Feb.
Feel that I,m ready for a break from it,working with heavy weights constantly is making me tired.
I,m thinking of swapping to the following routine for a couple of months before I go back to 5x5.I,ll drop the weights down a bit and concentrate more on slow reps with good form.

mon,chest and tris.Bench press,incline press,close grip press,skullcrushers and push downs,all 3x8
tues,back and bis,pull downs,b/o rows,chins,bb curls,db curls,all 3,8
weds rest
thurs,shoulders,traps,military press,up right rows,side lats,shrugs,all 4x8 except shrugs,4x12
fri,legs,abs,squat,sldl,both 4x8 calf raise and crunch,both 4x20

any thoughts please
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    Rob1985
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    RE: Need a break from 5x5 2006/07/16 20:07:53 (permalink)
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    I think you've included slightly too many exercises on some days (e.g. 3 tricep ones).

    If you're feeling beat up then why not just deload for two weeks (stick to 5x5 but use weights about 50% of your one rep maximum) and then start again.

    You could even just lower all the weights and build them back up again.

    Of course, you haven't stated whether or not you're still gaining on the routine... which is an important factor in trying to give you advice.
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    calvo
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    RE: Need a break from 5x5 2006/07/16 20:25:31 (permalink)
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    Have gained well but enevetebly gains have slowed down,thinking of moving to the other routine for a few weeks and then hitting 5x5 hard again.Another option would be to go back to the basic 5x5 routine that i started with,against Frankies advice I,ve added a few extra exercises here and there.
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    Rob1985
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    RE: Need a break from 5x5 2006/07/16 21:39:20 (permalink)
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    No wonder you're struggling then - it's pretty damn hard just with the exercises he includes.

    Whatever you do it sounds like you need at least one deload week.
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    RE: Need a break from 5x5 2006/07/16 22:00:16 (permalink)
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    Since Feb!!! Well, that's kinda long time on the same routine. However good a routine is, a change every 8 to 12 weeks is highly recommanded imho. You can always rotate a few different routine, and get back to 5x5 in another 8~12weeks for another cycle :)
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    RE: Need a break from 5x5 2006/07/16 22:08:18 (permalink)
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    My advice would be to drop the extra exercises and get back to Frankie's original routine. If you're training hard and at maximum intensity, there should be no energy left for additional movements.

    Back to basics, concentrate on increasing the weight.
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