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Old 12-26-2011, 11:36 AM   #5
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Most of my lifting over the years has been in the 4-6 rep range with 25% of sets going to maybe to 10 reps.

One thing I will say is that a 5x5 is great for size and strength. There is certainly nothing wrong with adding in things like dips, pullups, etc, but always remember that progression on the basics is the best size builder. A good diet and a strong push towards a 3-4-5 total can add a good amount of muscle.

I think there is a middle ground. Training should be fun and it you would like to add in a few exercises then there are certainly good ways to do it. There are many fullbody workouts that allow for more than 3 lifts per day.

As I mentioned elsewhere, I don't think you need to squat 3x a week. If you want some other alternatives that provide a few more exercises per day we can make a few suggestions.

Strength can be built on most programs as long as the basics are in place and you have a defined progression approach.
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