So I joined a GYM (GASP!!) about 3 months ago with little or on direction. I just was hating the weather and needed some action. My first months goals were just to get in there 3 times a week and build a habit. It didn’t matter what I was up to. The habit has been formed.
I had one of the obligatory meetings with a trainer and for my time allotment and desire for real strength he recommended 5x5. I googled it and was directed to stronglifts.com , I’m in it now about 6 weeks ish and I gotta wow. (Oh, the website is free, no corporate shills here)
I don’t weigh any different. People say I’ve lost weight but I think I’m just standing with better posture. Muscles holding my self in a better position now. I don’t play any of that “oh I’m just swapping fat for muscle” cause that’s a pretty big fallacy. You can lose 50 pounds in a year, you can’t gain 50 pounds of muscle in a year.
BUT the coolest part that is in some way on topic for this website is my biking. Last week we rode @WhopperDroppper and I was able to get up tricky “burst of energy climbs” like never before. Also I just rode into Sackvegas from Beaverskank to pick up the car from the shop. I felt just as tired BUT I know I went a lot faster than normal and aside from one hill I stayed in the big ring the whole way.
So, here are the basics of the work out but if you have the desire to get stronger and not have to do any bullshit complex silly looking exercises I strongly recommend this.
There is workout A and workout B. The idea is that you just rotate back and forth between them with a rest day in between. I do them M W F, I’m in and out in under an hour WITH ADEQUATE REST between sets.
Workout A - 5x5 Squats , 5x5 Bench press, 5x5 Bent Rows.
Workout B - 5x5 Squats, 5x5 Over head press, 1x5 Deadlifts.
The catch is that every single workout you add 5 pounds to ever exercise. (Each workout, not each set). Deadlifts you add 10 but remember only 1 set of 5. (YOu might of course do 4 or 5 warmup sets of progressively heavier weight to reach your workout weight)
Anyways, I could go on and on. I’m satisfied with the results and would recommend it to anyone wanting strength and measurable gains with minimum horseshit.