Strength Training Program
Recommended Strength Training Routines:
- nSuns (novice/intermediate)
- Madcow 5x5 (intermediate/advanced)
- Building the Monolith (intermediate/advanced)
- GZCL (intermediate)
- Wendler 5/3/1 (intermediate)
- GZCLP (novice/intermediate)
- Ivysaur 4-4-8 (novice)
- Strong Lifts 5x5 (novice)
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Recommended Reading: Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe (Amazon)
Strength training programs are designed to increase the maximal force of the athlete's musculature. While the routines emphasize growing the strength of the athlete, they generally will also induce hypertrophy and trigger muscle growth. This is part of what helps the athlete get stronger. If hypertrophy is the primary goal, a powerbuilding or bodybuilding program is a better fit.
Strength routines differ from powerlifting programs in that they are not specifically designed to maximize the single rep max of the competition power lifts. However, many strength programs can be reasonably used as off season work for powerlifters as long as the program is followed by a powerlifting peaking program before a meet.
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The latest strength training programs are available below.
This is Mark Bell’s 5 week Sling Shot bench press program, also known as the “Stronger in 30 Days” program. It’s a relatively straightforward bench-only program that gradually decreases volume while increasing intensity before attempting a new PR on week 5. Pretty classic linear periodization leading into a peak. [Read more…]
One of the most popular styles of split workout is the upper/lower split routine. An upper/lower split is a workout routine that focuses on a single portion of the body per training session, either the upper body (e.g. chest, back, biceps, etc.) or lower body (e.g. hamstrings, quads, glutes, etc.). [Read more…]
This is a linear progression strength program from Brian Alsruhe. It is the “next level” continuation of the linear progression programming video that he originally published in 2016 (video below). [Read more…]