The following files/links are calculators and templates for Starting Strength and Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1
If I had a dollar for every time someone asked what is the best workout routine, I’d have…um…well, I’d have lots of dollars.
The best workout routine is the one that works for YOU and the one that YOU can stick to.
If you ask 10 random people at the gym for their recommendation, you’d probably get 10 different responses. Some of them are right and some are wrong. And that’s not necessarily because the routine “doesn’t work”, it’s just that there are other factors to consider, such as experience/level of training, genetics, and goals.
Rather than going into too much detail and recycling things that have been written somewhere else, I’ll post the workout routines that I have experience with.
This is one of the most famous and most commonly suggested routines for beginners. And there’s a good reason for it. The book with the same name was written by Mark Rippetoe and it focuses on the big lifts (deadlift, squat, bench). This routine can be used by anyone from a mere beginner to intermediate lifters.
You can find the book HERE
and you can get more information on the workout routine HERE
Bill Starr/Madcow 5×5
This routine is very similar to the Starting Strength, with the exception that compound lifts are done with for 5 sets of 5 reps. It is a very good workout routine for intermediate lifters and I’ve had good results with it.
More information can be found HERE
Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1
This is my most favorite routine and the one that I am currently using. It is geared more towards intermediates and advanced lifters, but can really be used by anyone. JW’s 5/3/1 routine is not one of those “add-10lbs-to-your-bench-in-10 days” type of routine. Rather it focuses on long term goal of getting strong and fit.
Basics of the routine and information on how to setup the routine can be found HERE
However, I strongly suggest buying Jim Wendler’s book (or eBook) because it goes into more detail and philosophy behind 5/3/1.
Official website: http://jimwendler.com
I don’t know why I decided to write this as the very first article on the website, I guess it’s one of the things that’s buzzing in my head right now.
Diet? But I’m not trying to lose weight…
Most people associate the word “diet” with weight loss. There’s a good reason for that, too. Most people don’t pay attention to their diet until they decide they need to lose a few pounds.
But diet is not just something that’s done for weigh loss. Diet is everything you eat. Whether you eat 5 Snicker bars, a pizza, and a happy meal – or a 6 oz. chicken breast with rice and a cup of broccoli – it makes no difference. That is still part of one’s diet. Simply said, you’re always on a diet, whether you’re trying to lose weight, bulk up, or you’re just eating whatever you find first because you’re hungry.
In the upcoming articles I’ll write more about certain issues such as diet for weight loss, which diets work and which don’t, and so on.