Muscle Palace: Reg Park's 5x5 Routine - Get Stronger And Gain Muscle Mass

Monday, November 27, 2017

Reg Park's 5x5 Routine - Get Stronger And Gain Muscle Mass




Reg Park's 5x5 Workout




The rule that we can learn from old-school bodybuilders is: to gain more muscle mass you have to get stronger. If you want to get stronger and bigger you might consider trying Reg Park's 5x5 workout routine. It is great workout routine for size and strength,  that many classic bodybuilders used to build their powerful physique and they were much stronger than bodybuilders today.




Old school bodybuilders also spent most of their time in the gym doing compound exercises and lifting heavy weights, which recruited more muscle fibers, and it is better for muscle growth. In order to only get stronger with this routine, you shouldn't be in caloric surplus which you need if you want to gain muscle mass and strength with this workout program.


Exercises that Reg Park used to do in his training were squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and power cleans. Reg Park believed that training to failure is a mistake, he believed in gradual progression for gains that last longer. The aim of his workout routine is to do 5 sets of 5 reps with the proper weight and if you can do more than 5 reps with that weight then increase the weight on every training day. But, don't increase the weight if you can't lift it for five sets of five reps. First two sets in Reg Park's workout routine were warm ups and last three were primary work sets. For an example, if you lift 200 pounds on bench press it will look like this:



1 Set - 5 Reps with 160 pounds
2 Set - 5 Reps, 180 pounds
3 Set - 5 Reps, 200 pounds
4 Set - 5 Reps, 200 pounds
5 Set - 5 Reps, 200 pounds




First two sets are great for building confidence and last three sets are the real deal. If you can lift more weight in last three sets, it is time to put 5 pounds more on each set. That is the point of Reg Park's progression, more strength with every training day which results in more muscle mass.



Reg Park's Workout Routine was split into three phases.



5x5 Workout Original Routine by Reg Park:



1st Phase:


EXERCISE
SETS
REPS
Back Extension
3
10
Back Squat
5
5
Bench Press
5
5
Deadlift
5
5



Three days per week for three months then start with phase 2.



2nd Phase:




EXERCISE
SETS
REPS
Back Extension
3
10
Front Squats
5
5
Back Squats
5
5
Bench Press
5
5
Military Press
5
5
Deadlift
5
5
Calf Raise
5
25

Train three day per week before starting the last phase.



3rd Phase:


EXERCISE
SETS
REPS
Back Extension
4
10
Front Squat
5
5
Back Squat
5
5
Bench Press
5
5
Bent Over Row
5
5
Deadlift
5
5
Behind Neck Press
5
5
Barbell Curl
5
5
Triceps Extension
5
5
Calf Raise
5
20




As in first two phases, train three times a week for three months and you are done with Reg Park's 5x5 Workout Routine. Write down your progression every time.

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