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Old 02-08-2009, 11:22 AM   #1
Robert Houghton
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5x5 Question

Hey Guys,

This is my first post on this board. I've been reading about the 5x5 workout recently and was wondering what you crossfitters thought about it as I'm looking to give it a go myself soon after my strength / power program is done.

How many exercises per routine? (was thinking 3)

Whats with the 3rd set being the heaviest?

Is it best to test your 5RM first?

Would you use different exercises for different days of the week?

Cheers in advance Guys,
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Old 02-08-2009, 03:56 PM   #2
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Re: 5x5 Question

Robert,

Welcome to the boards. There are tons of threads on here with 5x5 and Starting Strength, lots of really good information. Search Starting Strength and you will find most of your questions answered.
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:05 PM   #3
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Re: 5x5 Question

Here is a standard 5x5 program :
http://www.geocities.com/elitemadcow...Linear_5x5.htm

Here is a calculator you can use for the program:
http://www.vicjg.com/aspx/madcowint.aspx

You should test your 5RM, but always enter it conservatively. Always better to take an extra week with progress than to stall out.

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Old 02-08-2009, 04:44 PM   #4
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Re: 5x5 Question

5x5 is too much volume if you're trying to combine it with something else.

By itself, it's a good program. Bill Starr's linear intermediate (posted above) is good.


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Old 02-08-2009, 11:42 PM   #5
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Re: 5x5 Question

Thanx Guys, I'll do a bit more research today. I aint have much time for high volume strength training lately, just been doing short conditioning / power circuits but this 5x5 looks like it wants to kick my a$$, so in turn, I'll have to rise to the challenge.

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Old 02-09-2009, 10:17 AM   #6
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Re: 5x5 Question

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Thanx Guys, I'll do a bit more research today. I aint have much time for high volume strength training lately, just been doing short conditioning / power circuits but this 5x5 looks like it wants to kick my a$$, so in turn, I'll have to rise to the challenge.

Thanx for the replies

Rob.
Try starting strength, shorter workouts, and if you haven't done any pure strength work and that's what you're looking to do now, daily linear progression will be better for you, at least right off the bat, until gains slow down.
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