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I am 29 and been working out for about a decade now and feel like i hit a point where my strength is not developing anymore. My total in squat, deadlift and bench was stuck between 1305 and 1350lbs for few years now and I don't have an idea how I can overcome this breakpoint. Usually I workout 5 to 6 times a week and I was able to maintain a nice shape over the years but I think for a 6.2, 255lbs frame my total is less than average as I see guys on youtube with my size or even smaller passing me by hundreds of lbs in total.

Can someone recommmed a strength program for me that can help me overcome this issue of mine. Thank you.

  • Possible duplicate of How do you break through a weightlifting plateau? – MadDev Feb 15 at 15:11
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    I disagree with calling that a duplicate, because the question was asked by a beginner, and the answers are aimed at beginner. However, this question comes from the perspective of someone who has lifted for a decade, so I believe it warrants different answers. – Alec Feb 15 at 18:15
  • @toh19 - I think recommending a program would be a bit of a disservice, because we have no indication as to what you've been doing up until this point, and a course of action going forward should be rooted in what you've been doing so far. – Alec Feb 15 at 18:17
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    If you're under the impression that any program will do, then I'm not sure what you're looking for in terms of an answer. There's a multitude of programs out there, available with a simple Google search. Personally, I'm a fan of 5-3-1 but even that's just personal preference. – Alec Feb 15 at 19:38
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    To echo Alec's point, it's all about the program you use. Having a random program is akin to just tossing random edible items in a pot and turning up the heat. Use a program that's proven. – Eric Mar 20 at 22:12
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TOH19,

Your question is a bit conflicting. You mention wanting to get stronger but also maintaining a "nice shape". The two goals are not mutually exclusive but if you want to achieve maximal muscular strength you may have to sacrifice some physique goals and the same applies to achieve the extreme end of hypertrophy or physique goals you may have to sacrifice some strength. Of course, there are always outliers but you don't see many powerlifters with ripped abs or bodybuilders benching 2x their body weight.

I don't know exactly what you are looking for and don't have enough details to prescribe an exact program or criticize your program but I'll try to provide you with something that will be beneficial.

Training for Strength

Goal: Full Body Strength

  • Train 3 times per week

    • In order to recover properly for muscular strength adequate rest is necessary

    • Rest 48 hours between training sessions.

Prior to a strength phase such as this, it would be recommended to complete 6-12 weeks of an adaptation and hypertrophy.

EXERCISES

  • SQUAT
  • BENCH
  • PULL DOWN
  • DEADLIFT
  • VERTICAL PRESS
  • HORIZONAL ROW

% of 1 REP MAX | SETS | REPETITIONS

complete for all exercises

Full Recover Required Between Sets- Rest a minimum of 3 to 5 minutes between sets

Week 1

Day 1:

  • 70% of 1RM
  • 3 sets
  • 8 repetitions

Day 2:

  • 75% of 1 RM
  • 4 sets
  • 8 repetitions

Day 3:

  • 80% of 1RM
  • 4 sets
  • 8 repetitions

Week 2

Day 1:

  • 80% of 1RM
  • 4 sets
  • 6 repetitions

Day 2:

  • 80% of 1RM
  • 4 sets
  • 6 repetitions

Day 3:

  • 85% of 1RM
  • 3 sets
  • 6 repetitions

Week 3

Day 1:

  • 90 % of 1RM
  • 4 sets
  • 3 repetitions

Day 2:

  • 90% of 1RM
  • 4 sets
  • 3 repetitions

Day 3:

  • 90% of 1RM
  • 4 sets
  • 3 repetitions

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