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Old 01-19-2014, 07:55 PM   #1
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Running a 5x5 squatting there times a week while adding 5 lbs a session ..if I stall twice at a weight reset 10 percent. I've managed to get to 265 for 5x5..starting to feel pretty heavy and stalling frequently/ having to reset from 245 to 265(every weight in between) before moving up 5 pounds. Is it time for a new program? Program says it should take you to a 315 squat but I feel that night be a bit of a long shot on this progression scheme. Should I just eat more? Lol. I'm 5 7 and about 161 lbs.felt l like my lower body was shot today when squatting 255 and it may be recovery issues because I could only manage 3 hard reps first set and I've hit that weight for all sets of 5 before. Would you guys consider this stalling to early on a program like this?
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:55 PM   #2
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When you get to a 5x5 with 265 it's going to be difficult to sustain linear for most guys. Progress just comes more slowly at that level.

I prefer more auto-regulation at that level, meaning pushing sets for as many reps as comfortable and trying to progress naturally when you can.

It's easier to fight for reps then to fight for 5 pounds each week.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:13 PM   #3
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Whenever I was stuck on my 5x5 I would add a rep to a set. So 5x6. Whenever I could do that no problem then bump weight up.
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agree. add reps. if you double your reps (quality reps) try your strength again and it will have gone up.

you did a good job and have good numbers for your weight. you'll get more out of linear if you eat and sleep very well...usually more than you think (or the average person cares to invest).

if you're chasing poundages, you can eventually try 54321 instead of 5x5 to push a little higher.
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Going for reps sounds like a good idea. Was thinking of maybe just trying 5 pounds a week or using 1/ 1 and a half pound plates to progress since my gym has them. Going to up my calories a bit and try to get to bed a bit earlier first and see how the next few weeks go. I've been pretty much eating the same since I started the program till now..not really upping as I got stronger. I've gained about a pound a month on average though.
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random suggestion, but your 5x5 is probably a full body workout so...

maybe drop your work sets to 3x5? to a SS idea, like what im doing?
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Just my 2 cents, 5x5 at that weight 3 times per week is going to be really hard to keep up.

I would knock back to squatting 2x per week and take advantage of the extra recovery.

I'm no expert though, just going off personal experance.
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