Maximize strength gains with the 5×5 workout

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There’s nothing worse than hitting a plateau in your muscle and strength gains.  You’ve been working out consistently for months, seeing major differences in the amount of weight you are able to push and in the mirror, but then the gains slow to a halt.  It’s okay, it happens to the best of us.

Put simply, these halts in progress are due to our body’s adaptations to the lifts we perform.  They’re called plateaus, and I am going to show you what I’ve done to blast straight through my most recent one.

Simple, straight gains to the point = 5×5 workout

If you are used to performing very complex routines with focused, isolated exercises, you may be astonished to read the following workout.  Trust me, it works – but if you don’t believe me, try it out for yourself and after a few weeks, you’ll see how this extremely basic program will give you the greatest strength gains that you’ve ever seen, PERIOD.

Okay, here it is:

5×5 Program

Workout A

Squats   –  5 sets of 5 reps

Bench Press   –  5 sets of 5 reps

Barbell Row  –  5 sets of 5 reps

Workout B

Squats  –  5 sets of 5 reps

Overhead Press (military press)  –  5 sets of 5 reps

Deadlifts  –  5 sets of 5 reps

Pull-ups  –  5 sets of 5 reps

THAT’S IT!

You will perform Workout A on the first day in the gym and Workout B will be your next lifting day.  Make sure to allow at least one rest day in between workouts.  I am currently lifting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and it seems to be working just fine for me.  I have seen strength gains that I have not seen in years!  It is truly an amazing way to change it up and blast through those dreaded plateaus.

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