I'm a 23 year old male. 6'1" @ 84kg.
I started strength training in October 2014 and embarked on Wendler's 5/3/1+ BBB.
First off, I am aware that I may have got off on wrong foot going with that training program in the first place but the 4 day split worked for me and as I was training with 2 other guys, it just worked.
As for my lifts, from starting to now:-
- Squat: 65kg - 115kg
- Bench: 35kg - 65kg (unfortunately had a massive stall because of over training which put my bench comparatively behind.)
- Deadlift: 65kg - 115kg (now starting to experience problems with my grip.)
- OHP: 27.5kg - 55kg
In the past month I have started to incorporate Tabata-style HIIT into my training which is done 3 times per week; both leg days and 1 rest day. I opted to reduce the volume sets on leg day to compensate for the extra strain.
I will be returning to the gym, after a holiday, in mid-September which is when I'm looking to start a new program. I'd like to see this through for 7/8 months in the run up to a wedding at the beginning of May 2016.
In terms of goals I am looking for size and strength - I am happy with the slow and steady weight progression of 5/3/1 and I am mostly happy with my current achievements but I can't help thinking that I can be doing more with my time to yield bigger changes.
So, I've got the time frame and the drive, now I need the program. As for one which would be suitable it would be great if it could work with the following:-
- I enjoy being able to have my workout finished in around 1 hour, 1.5 hours on HIIT days. As it stands I have short evenings, not including gym, so shorter the better...
- Must be able to fit in HIIT for cardio purposes. I currently cycle on a stationary bike.
- If possible, a program which is safe to run without a spotter: I have a home gym, all free weights, which consists of a power rack, 20kg olympic bar, plenty of weights and a bench. I have no safety stops.
- I enjoy all 4 main lifts so preferably non which ommit OHP for example (which I've seen in a couple of routines - madness!)
- No cable exercises - I'm in a home gym. For the same reason, the number of exercises should be kept to a minimum - rolling weights round and unscrewing dumbbells is tedious.
- I am very open to going onto a more aggressive program that's more linear than 5/3/1 - I don't think I am all that near to running out of 'noob'-gain capabilities just yet.
- Lastly, maybe a bit of wishful thinking here but as I have a set time, it would be great if the program which will (hopefully) be recommended to me usually yields significant changes in 3/4 months. This is to give me time to try a new program for a further 3/4 months before the big day.
I've been looking at just running Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 for beginners to increase the lift exposure to more than 1 x per week but I haven't seen many reviews/case studies on it to convince me to change. Also, from the brief read I've done so far, it seems like the total number of reps is actually lower than the normal program but just spread over 2 days...
Other Programs I've browsed:-
Any advice welcome. Thanks!