I have started with that 5x5 stronglift program:
Day1: Squats 5x5 , Bench Press 5x5 , Barbell Rows 5x5
Day2: Squats 5x5, Overhead Press 5x5, Deadlift 1x5
(of course you do other stuff too, but these are the most important exercises).
I train 3 times a week, so some weeks I will to the day1 program twice, and some weeks the day2 program twice. Now, to my question. Can it really be good to do 5x5 heavy squats 3 days a week? Isn't that kind of overkill? How will this affect my knees? (I have bad knees) Would it be ok to do leg presses instead of squats on day2 or would that defeat the whole purpose of this program? I should add that I haven't been training for almost 15 months, just started 2 weeks ago.
03-04-2011, 08:44 AM #1
5x5 heavy squats 3 times a week? Good or bad?
03-04-2011, 10:08 AM #2
03-04-2011, 10:49 AM #3
03-04-2011, 10:53 AM #4
03-04-2011, 01:46 PM #5
03-04-2011, 02:23 PM #6
5x5 is a great program when don correctly and is designed to put more weight on the bar each time you go to the gym until you get to heavy weight. then you'll need 3x5 so your body can recover correctly.
I saw make sure you have great technique and then bust your tail on this program and you should see improvements. Don't forget your diet!
03-04-2011, 04:10 PM #7
03-04-2011, 04:39 PM #8
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You need to drop Stronglifts and do the real starting strength program. With its proper instruction and correct warm-up sets the training for the movement is already built in.
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