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2004/02/15 12:22:20 (permalink)

What do you think?

I am thinking of changing my routine to the following, as I have hit a plateau with some muscles.
Please let me know what you think:

Monday - Chest / Tri

Bench Press 5x5
Incline Bench Press 5x5
Dips 5x5
Close Grip Bench Press 5x5

Wed - Shoulder / Back / Bi

Deadlift 4x6
Seated Dumbell Shoulder Press (Arnie Press?) 5x5
Seated Rows 5x5
Shrugs 3x10
Dumbell Curls 4x8

Thu - Legs / Abs

Squats 5x5
Leg Press 5x5
Calf Press 3x10
Weighted Crunches 4x8


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    RE: What do you think? 2004/02/15 12:41:13 (permalink)
    I'd be tempted to not do leg press (if you're squatting hard enough you'll have nothing left for leg press!) but perhaps do stiff legged dead lift or hamstring curls instead.
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    RE: What do you think? 2004/02/15 12:42:53 (permalink)

    I see what you are trying to do here mate but it hasnt worked.

    You would do best putting shoulders with chest and triceps to create a push day.

    A good rule of thumb is to not use more than 3 exercises per workout if you are using 5x5. You could just have your primary exercise as 5x5 then use 2-3x8 for the rest.

    The chest & tri day has too much volume in my opinion.

    I would add shoulders to it and do something like this:

    Bench 5x5
    Shoulder Press 5x5
    Incline DB Press 2-3x8(optional)
    Close Grip or Dips 2-3x8 if Inclines are used, 5x5 if not.

    Back workout should be something like this:

    Deadlift 5x5
    Seated Row 5x5
    DB Curls 4x6

    Shrugs arent necessary with this kind of routine in my opinion

    Your leg day is too quad dominant in my opinion. You have no hamstrings work really.

    If you want to try to emphasize your quads a bit do front squats.
    Drop the leg press and replace with either good mornings or stiff leg deadlifts.

    Last but not least. Your chest workout should be the middle workout of your cycle, so that your deadlifts and squats have as much time as possible between them.
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