Hey yall, Ive been reading up on 5x5 programs since Aaron F recommended using it to help with strength gains. I intend to cycle back and forth between this and HST for growth as soon as I have a decent strength basis to work from. Ive been lifting RELIGIOUSLY for 18-20 months now but have been doing waaay too much volume and overtraining enough to completely stall my gains,so I feel like a total noob at this as Ive never done a 5x5 or HST before, always a 3 way split with endless sets of 8-12 on everything. My stats are: 5'11'' @ 152pounds and according to a pair of accufat2 digital calipers 3% body fat (so I figure probably 5% accounting for accuracy of calipers on low bfs) I eat about 22-2500cal per day at around a 40/40/20 or so,super clean, 5-6 meals a day. I have a pic to attach if I can ever figure out how. Anyway here is my plan: DAY 1 SQUATS:5X5 @5RM BENCH:5X5 @5RM BENT OVR. ROW:5X5 @5RM LYING TRI EXT.:3X8-12 (ACCESSORY EXERCISE) DAY 2: SQUATS:5X5 @ 80%5RM DEADLIFT:5X5 @5RM PULL-UPS:5X5 (ASAP,I CANT DO 5 "GOOD ONES" YET) DIPS:5X5 (WEIGHTED TO KEEP UP TO 5RM) DAY 3: SQUATS:5X5 (PYRAMID TO 5RM+5POUNDS) BENCH:5X5 (PYRAMID TO 5RM+5POUNDS) BENT OVR. ROWS:5X5 (PYRAMID TO 5RM+5POUNDS) BARBELL CURLS:3X8-12 (ACCESSORY EXERCISE) Well there is my plan. Any feedback is much appreciated and welcome. Thanks yall, Ill keep posting progress as a journal.