Thinking about switching to Christopher's routine (should I?)...

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  1. Layman

    Layman New Member

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    Here's my current (last week):

    Day 1
    flat bench: 135x10, 205x6, 215x4, 230x2, 135x12
    inlcine bench: 155x8, 175x5, 195x2
    db fly: 40x8, 40x8, 42.5x8

    Day 2
    Squats (parallel): 135x10, 275x6, 315x4, 335x3, 225x8
    Leg curls: 115x10, 125x8, 135x8
    Claf raises (standing): 145x15, 145x15, 145x15, 160x12

    Day 3
    rest

    Day 4
    db Military press: 42.5x10, 75x6, 80x4, 85x3
    wide grip pull-downs: 130x10, 145x8, 160x6
    shrugs: 270x5, 180x8, 180x8, 180x8
    Deadlift: 135x8, 135x8, 135x8 (just practicing form here...)
    reverse fly: 20x10, 20x10, 20x10

    Day 5
    Close-grip bench: 135x8, 155x8, 175x5
    dips (bodyweight): 12, 8, 8
    Straight-bar curls: 70x10, 80x6, 90x5, 100x4, 50x10
    seated db ext: 45x10, 55x8, 65x8 (weak today)



    Based on the above, will switching to Christopher's routine yeild some positive results? I'm having a hard time making it four times a week.

    My goals are performance oriented. I wouldn't mind looking like a Men's Health model, but I think just a big strong ogre is more realistic for me. ;)
     
  2. MaineSucks

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    I think you would benefit a lot from switching
     
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    get this whole routine defining your shape thing out of your head.
     
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    What do you mean?

    I'm not talking about defining my shape. I'm asking whether I'd see benefits from abandoning my current routine and switching to the christophers one.
     
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    What elements make you say that? I'm curious...
     
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    DCyamaha O-line found

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    my numbers are close to yours. Height? weight?
     
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    6'3" and 230ish.

    Not truely fat, but certainly not lean...
     
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    nevermind :o

    yeah, you'd definitely benift from christophers routine. I did. I will go back to christophers routine after the summer months when I start my bulk again.
     
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    Cool.

    Were you lifting before starting christophers routine?
     
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    yeah, i've been lifting for years....never seriously though until about a year ago. (because i never knew what i should/shouldn't be doing)


    my goal now is to cut bf. i'll build this fall/winter on chris's routine.
     
  11. MaineSucks

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    no reason you can't cut on a 5x5 either. lifting heavy is lifting heavy. you will probably have even more success using a simple routine while cutting.
     
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    because everyone can benefit from a 5x5 variation. Its a strength and muscle building routine. It works your whole body and builds you up right. Nothing confusing, just simply heavy lifting.
     
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    Okay.

    It's time to switch it up anyhow. Sounds good.
     
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    can someone briefly outline this 5x5 for me? i am a bit new to this board in OT, but a lurker.
     
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    its in the F&N archives. can you get there w/o a sub?
     
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    good point, i'll write that sucker down and start. I needed a routine anyway. No reason to not pick that one up.
     
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    Yes, you can. That's where I found it.
     
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    diet shapes a successful cut or bulk. heavy, simple lifting is heavy, simple lifting
     
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