The 5X5 training program is a proven method for building size and strength in powerlifters as well as bodybuilders. It dates back to the 1940s. Arnold Schwarzenegger describes 5×5 training method in his book,”The Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.” He says that he learned about this type of training from his bodybuilding idol Reg Park,who won Mr. Britain 1949 and Mr. Universe 1951.
5×5 training involves doing five sets of five repetitions on basic compound exercises. It is usually done three days a week, but there are many different workout setups where training is done more or less often.The 5×5 training workout can be done as a full body or a split routine.
Below are some of the set-ups used for the 5X5 workout:
-Incline bench press
-Stiff leg deadlift
-Incline Bench press
-wide grip pull-up
The next week you continue with lower body workout.
-You have to be progressive. Try to increase the weights by 5% every week.
Don’t start with your heaviest weights the first week.
-Eat and rest well.
-You should deload or take a week off when you start feeling beat up.
This can happen after 5 to 8 weeks.