The 5×5 workout program is an awesome program that works well with all levels of fitness experience. It works well with newbies, intermediate, and pros. I first tried the 5×5 workout program a couple of years ago and I still go back to it every couple of months. I will explain how to do the 5×5 program and its main purpose.
Why I Tried This Program
The reason I tried the 5×5 program is that I was not getting stronger in the gym. I was stuck lifting the same weight for about a month; specifically on the bench press. I could not for the life of me bench 225 pounds. Feeling frustrated and angry I decided to try a new workout program. After some research, I found 5×5. I implemented this new routine and after a couple of weeks, I was finally able to bench 225 for 5 REPS!! Now that I told why I gave this try (hopefully I didn’t bore you death) let’s move on.
What Is 5×5 For?
Well, the main purpose of the 5×5 workout program is to gain strength and become strong. That is it.
This program is very popular among those that are or feel weak, athletes, or those that just want to get stronger.
How To Do 5×5
5×5 simply means doing 5 sets of 5 repetitions of an exercise. An example would be doing 5 squats 5 times. Now the weight has to be heavy enough where you struggle to do 5 repetitions. Once you are able to do the 5×5 for a certain weight, you simply add more weight on your next workout session. You also rest anywhere from 1-3 minutes per set. That’s it! It is that simple to do and follow.
Now the 5×5 is meant only for the big muscle groups and its main lifts. Such as bench press, squats, deadlifts, overhead press,…etc. 5×5 is not usually for small muscle exercises such as bicep curls or tricep pulldowns (but you can if you want, it’s your workout J)
The benefits of doing 5×5 are:
- You will see quick results
- It is easy to track your results
- Workouts tend to be a little shorter
- You will get really strong really fast
- Anyone can follow this program
The downside of the 5×5 program is:
- It does not put primary focus on muscle building (although you will build some muscle as you will need it to lift the heavy weight, but muscle building is not a priority)
- You might get fatigued faster because you are constantly lifting heavy weight
- Does not focus on small muscle groups such as biceps, triceps, calves,…etc.
The 5×5 workout program is personally one of my favorite workout programs out there for the reasons I just stated. It is not a perfect program (none are), but it accomplishes the goal of getting stronger. If your focus is to get stronger because you are weak or because you are an athlete then try this program out for 8-12 weeks. You will see that it is POSSIBLE to get super duper (and I mean duper) strong!
* Possible Fitness does not imply any medical advice in this article. There are no guarantees of specific results and results may vary. Please consult your family Doctor before starting any diet or training program.