The 5x5 you speak of, particularly when Brooks Kubik is talking about it is from the old Reg Park routines and those are 2 warm up sets of 5 followed by 3x5 with a working weight, hence 5x5. I've corresponded with Brooks for years. That's what's meant when he discusses it.chrallen67 wrote:Here's a question for you guys. If a routine you see in a book says 5x5 (obviously 5 sets of 5 reps). How do you know if they are counting warm up sets? or if it is 5 "work" sets or even 5 straight across I think they call it. and just 1-3 or more .warm up sets they don't count?
Sticks you make up programs. How do you do 5 sets 5? Is that suppose to count "warm ups"?
like: 1. 60, 70, 80 , 90 ,100" (in Brooks Kubick books he calls this 5x5, but some routines would build up the last set, going up to a total of 8 sets.Im not sure if he still called it 5x5 though.
or 2. well we know Reg Park ex 60, 70, 80, 80 , 80 (2 warm up--more warm ups if needed though on certain big poundage exercises (I think), then 3 sets same weight as the working sets)
3. How are foot ball team in High school did it, say Bench"
135, 155, 185, 205,205,205,205,205 making that a total of 8 sets, but we were told ( or it was passed down)it was called 5x5
Peter Yates, and Mobster ,,weigh in if you want also.
How do you know?
can't wait to see your reply
thought of this similiar, many say 3x 8-12, same question--does that NOT include 1-2 "warm up" sets?
A lot of what you're questioning has to do with the writer. Some people interpret programs differently than others do. Don't get too caught up in what is written as much as what you can do. I learned that from Ricky Dale Crain. I followed his powerlifting routines back in the day when I competed and had asked him the same questions. That was his response. Don't get too caught up in the technical aspects of programs or you'll drive yourself crazy.
If you intended to do 5x5 but was only able to 5,4,3 for the working sets. That's OK. There's no wrong way. Just keep at it until you reach 5 reps on all three sets. Then increase the weight and try to get 3x5, after your warm up sets again. Its a marathon....not a sprint. =)