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Old 03-23-2012, 05:10 PM
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Ever hear of the 80/20 rule?

You get 80% of the results form 20% of what you are donig. I.E. the time you spent doing the 5x5 is the 20% and will give you the majority of your results.

Regarding the other stuff (the 80%), remember, that is only getting you 20% of your results (give or take), I would limit the assistance exercises to 2 (maybe 3) exercises that you really like and you know work well for your body. Then with less exercises, you do more sets for those 2 exercises rather than doing 6 or 7 assistance exercises. Also, to reinforce technique, you could also add in some light/explosive work for a previously worked 5x5, so for example, on back/bicep day, you could do:

Back/biceps workout:
Deadlift: 5 x 5
Wide grip pulldowns (normal grip pulldowns): 6 sets - an increase in sets
Neutral grip machine row (reverse grip machine row): 6 sets - an increase in sets

Bench Press: 5 x 3 reps at 75% of the weight you used on Monday (so if you did 200 for 5 sets of 5, than on Tuesday you would do 5 sets of 3 at 150, paused on the chest and EXPLOSIVE)

If you must, you could easily throw in a few sets of curls between set of bench press.

I personally think this would work much better.
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