Thoughts and advice much appreciated
Have been doing 5X5 for 6 weeks now, training every other day. Loving it, and feel have made decent gains, here a breakdown of my training
Set A warm up first for each exercise from empty bar to total weight at 5X5
Overhead press 50Kg
Dead lift 145Kg 1 X 5 only
Set B warm up first for each exercise from empty bar to total weight at 5X5
Barbell row 80Kg
187cm (6' 2") 100Kg but 20kg is FAT!!
I have been increasing the weights by 2.5kg (at the start I jumped weights quite a bit) at a time, but feel I am starting to plateau a little (i.e. starting to struggle with weights and recovery is painful - generally sore)/at risk of aggravating an old elbow injury that put me out of action for 3 years (steroid injections/physio etc, but no operation).
I have a reasonable diet, which I am monitoring with myfitnesspal - 40% carbs, 40% protein 20% fat - but keeping at about 2000-2250 kcal a day (hoping to change body composition a little).
As I feel I am at decent weights now, I was wondering whether to mix things up a little? I appreciate I have not given the programme 12 weeks yet - which I am more than happy to do, if thats the general consensus. I really enjoy the powerlifting and have certainly been focusing on technique, and any new regimen I would like to keep with the goal of general strength / steady mass gains, I also do a lot of cycling and running so my goal is not to get too huge (wife already having a go at me for size gains). Wondering whether to add some HIIT in there, and suggestions on that?
Really appreciate any helpful input, am here to learn.