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Old 08-29-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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i am ending my diet stage in a few weeks and want to start fresh. I have been doing some home work on both routines and wanted some advise from folks who have done either routine . thank you
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well I found the 5/3/1 was a good work out to build starting strength for the WSBB. But if you want to gain size I would say 5x5 might be a good one(Have not ran the 5x5)
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Which 5x5 routine are you talking about?
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I think both approaches are good if your goal is to get big and strong. Although there are a few different 55s, so it would be helpful to know which one(s) you are thinking about. Also how much experience do you have? Approx where are your lifts. 5/3/1 has a fixed progression which is great for the experienced intermediate lifter, but imo may be a bit reserved for the beginner to early intermediate lifter. Just my take.
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i was looking at the strong fit. I've been working out for 2 years solid . I looking to start ground up .I've cut 30 lbs and want to cut 15 more by Nov to be down to 180 i'am 5ft 10in. i would like to maximize my size, and strength at 180 before i bulk if that makes any seance . thank for the help
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i was looking at the strong fit. I've been working out for 2 years solid . I looking to start ground up .I've cut 30 lbs and want to cut 15 more by Nov to be down to 180 i'am 5ft 10in. i would like to maximize my size, and strength at 180 before i bulk if that makes any seance . thank for the help
Never heard of Strong Fit. Could you provide us with the basic workout schedule, or give us a link.

How is your squat and deadlift form? Confident, or not so sure?

Where are your bench press, squat and deadlift numbers right now?

These questions will help us a bit.
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my bench is 275 deadlift is 245 squat 205 my form is good except shaky on squats due to lower back injury i tend to do squats on smith or hack squat i loss some strength due to my weight loss but been able to maintain decent numbers for me lol.
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Thanks. Can you tell me where I can find the Strong and Fit program?

What type of lower back injury to you have? General weakness or doctor diagnosed issue?
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Generally speaking, based on your numbers I would say a 5x5 might be better. However, you are a tough case because of your injury. It sounds like you have an injury that is truly worth being concerned about.
Either way, to do 5/3/1 you will need to squat, deadlift and OHP as will a 5x5. Are you capable of performing these lifts?

Furthermore, I personally am not the biggest fan of stronglifts 5x5. I think there are better options. Although, to be honest, I've never done it, so my opinion is based on the program and the community surronding the program. I guess it's just my personal opinion.
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