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    Question ICF 5x5

    Is it ok to change compounds from 5x5 to 3x5? I don't have the time to do 5x5 and I hate the long rest times. Is this ok? I would have thought it would be ok as look as your progressing in weight every week.
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    Couldn't you just ask this in the ICF thread?
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    Originally Posted by SebastianMorar View Post
    Couldn't you just ask this in the ICF thread?
    Already did and got no reply.
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    i would still do a 5x5, but use the first 2 sets as a warm up so your rest times are shorter. then increase the workload on your 3 working sets. for example if you normally use 75% of your 1 rep max for your 5x5, use 80% if you're doing 3x5
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    Originally Posted by SamSix View Post
    i would still do a 5x5, but use the first 2 sets as a warm up so your rest times are shorter. then increase the workload on your 3 working sets. for example if you normally use 75% of your 1 rep max for your 5x5, use 80% if you're doing 3x5
    Yeah. That's sorta what I was doing. Thanks.
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    You actually did get a reply there.
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    But doesn't doing a 5x5 in a 3x5 manner kind of defeat the purpose?
    Does increasing your weight by 5% really compensate for that loss of 10 reps???
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    Originally Posted by SebastianMorar View Post
    You actually did get a reply there.
    He said something like "I dunno try it'. I wouldn't classify that as an informative reply.
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    Originally Posted by Zevias View Post
    But doesn't doing a 5x5 in a 3x5 manner kind of defeat the purpose?
    Does increasing your weight by 5% really compensate for that loss of 10 reps???
    i have nothing to base this off of but i believe the heavier work load would compensate for the loss of reps to a degree.
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    Originally Posted by SamSix View Post
    i have nothing to base this off of but i believe the heavier work load would compensate for the loss of reps to a degree.
    I don't doubt that it does. But by how much of an increase is the question.
    You really should try doing the 5x5. It doesn't take that much extra time.
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    Originally Posted by Zevias View Post
    I don't doubt that it does. But by how much of an increase is the question.
    You really should try doing the 5x5. It doesn't take that much extra time.
    I tried it for a few weeks. I takes a lot of time especially the rest times. With 3x5 I'm able to hit the muscles harder and rest longer.
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    Originally Posted by Polyphemus View Post
    I tried it for a few weeks. I takes a lot of time especially the rest times. With 3x5 I'm able to hit the muscles harder and rest longer.
    Well if it works for you and you're noticing gains then more power to you my man
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    Originally Posted by Polyphemus View Post
    I tried it for a few weeks. I takes a lot of time especially the rest times. With 3x5 I'm able to hit the muscles harder and rest longer.
    hold on... you were complaining of it taking too much time...and now you're saying you prefer the 3x5 so you can rest longer
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    Originally Posted by SamSix View Post
    hold on... you were complaining of it taking too much time...and now you're saying you prefer the 3x5 so you can rest longer
    In the 5x5 I had to rest shorter or else i'd be in the gym for 2+ hours. I didn't have enough time to do that. In the 3x5 I'm able to rest the recommended time( 2-3 mins)
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