Does anyone else struggle to find the right volume when doing strength training? I find that the only way to keep the weights increasing is to do the full 5x5 workout, while eating like a beast, and doing no other workouts (e.g. cardio). If I try to run and squat in the same week, my joints last about 10 days and then I'm ready for a break again. Right now I'm playing football 1x week and I'd like to work in swimming (low impact), but cannot maintain the typical 5x5 schedule. To maintain strength, I've dropped to lifting 2x week and do 3x4x4 instead of 5x5x5 3x squat 4x bench 4x row i've added some weighted ab work to help with the bending and twisting often done on the field, and i haven't pulled any muscles since has anyone managed to do strength training while still doing other activities, or is it strictly an off season thing? if so, what is the proper way to maintain strength, am I doing it right? i'm a 27 yr old hard gainer 6ft 190-195lbs. thanks!