5X5 Workouts

August 16th, 2007 by Paul Johnson

5 X 5 training is popular type of workout between strength athletes and bodybuilders. 5X5 encompasses any kind of workout, where each excercise is done with heavy weights for 5 sets of 5 reps.

Who is the 5X5 training geared for?

Many bodybuilders may be hesitant to try low reps, worrying about it focusing more on strength than muscle gains. However, following the rules of periodization, switching your routine to 5X5 training could help break your plateau. One must also remember, long term strength gains will naturally follow with muscle gains, provided adequate calories.

5X5 Workout:

There is many types of splits and routines for the 5 X 5. The common denominator between most 5 X 5 workouts is:

- 5 X 5
- Main focus on compound excercises
- Longer rests (2-3 minutes)
- Work each muscle group 2-3 times a week
- 3 or 4 day split