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    Stronglifts 5x5 switch to 3x5 ?

    I've been lifting on stronglifts for the last 2.5 months seen great gains in strength,but its getting to the point where there's way too much volume.
    5x5 is really tough at the moment so much that my workout is taking 2 hours to complete.


    I've heard that your body produces a hormone that breaks down muscle if you workout too long any truth to it?


    Do you think it would be more beneficial to switch to 3x5 for less volume and better recovery?


    According to the programme I've have to deload twice and then stall again in order to drop to 3x5 but its too brutal.


    I'll continue on 5x5 if its the most efficient way to get stronger.


    My stats at the moment are:

    Squats: 270 lbs 5x5

    Bench: 160 lbs 5x5 (sh*t I know)

    Overhead press:115 lbs 5x5

    Deadlifts:297 lbs 1x5

    Barbell Rows: 160 lbs 5x5
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    Once you stall on SL it then goes to a 3x5 program...that's how you get past your stall on SL.

    Plus even at those weight...it should not be taking you 2 hours to complete your workout.
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    Originally Posted by Jasonk282 View Post
    Once you stall on SL it then goes to a 3x5 program...that's how you get past your stall on SL.

    Plus even at those weight...it should not be taking you 2 hours to complete your workout.


    Have you even read Stronglifts? to get to 3x5 it goes like this


    Stall Stall Stall


    Deload


    Stall Stall Stall


    Deload


    Stall Stall Stall


    3x5
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    respect on that no fap bro...i dont think u can really go wrong with 3x5 whats the worst that could happen?
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    Originally Posted by JimboSlice57 View Post
    Have you even read Stronglifts? to get to 3x5 it goes like this


    Stall Stall Stall


    Deload


    Stall Stall Stall


    Deload


    Stall Stall Stall


    3x5
    I tried to, but it's like reading an infomercial.

    But Still after you stall on a 5x5 it goes to a 3x5.

    Though you should just do the 3x5 like SS and do what most do and replace the PC with the Rows. Especially considering the weights you are already at.
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    You could drop to a 3x5, but I highly recommend you deload first. If you're still having trouble after a deload, either extend it or drop down to 3x5 if that's what you choose.
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    I just reread the paragraph in SL. It seems like you can switch to 3x5 as soon as you stall on 5x5.

    On StrongLifts 5x5, when you eventually stall, it will be because as the weight gets heavier you will lose the ability to handle the high volume. You will run out of recovery capacity before you run out of capacity to make quick strength gains. The logical way to conclude the program is to start cutting volume. When you stall with 5 sets, reset the weight, and drop to 3 sets.
    Judging by the weights you're handling and the time it takes to finish your workout I'd say you should drop to 3x5.
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