Articles: Strength Training Workout

Cube Method

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The Cube Method focuses on three main training methods. It starts with heavy work, then explosive work, and finishes with repetition work. It is a 10 week training program that will have you training three or four days per week.

Ed Coan Deadlift Routine

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The Ed Coan Deadlift Routine was created by Ed Coan himself for Mark Philippi. It is also known as the Coan/Philippi Deadlift Routine. Philippi added 35 Lb to his Deadlift after finishing this 10 week program, and stands by its effectiveness.

Texas Method

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The Texas Method is a very popular follow up routine after Starting Strength gains come to a halt. This routine has a proven track record, focuses on the important compound movements, and has you in the gym three days per week.

Starting Strength

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Starting Strength just might be the #1 most popular training routine recommended to those who are new to strength training. The reason? Because it is simple, works great, and gets beginners making progress quickly.

Wendler’s 5/3/1

Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 is all about starting with very light weights while progressing slowly and consistently. This extremely popular strength training program is based off of the rep schemes 5, 3, 1, as the name suggests. Throughout the routine you will work with percentages based off of your max, and strive to hit rep PR’s each workout.

Bill Starr 5×5

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The Bill Starr 5×5 is a popular choice among intermediate lifters. It is easy to understand and follow, allows for steady weekly increases, and has simple de-loads / resets built right in. It’s meant to get you bigger and stronger, and more importantly training correctly.

Smolov

You shall gain but you shall pay with sweat, blood, and vomit, Comrade. – Pavel Tsatsouline

Arguably one of the most difficult squat routines around, the full Smolov demands 13 weeks, 3 and 4 days per week, high volume, heavy weights, high and low repetitions, and some squat days back-to-back! Suitable lifters can experience squat strength gains anywhere from 50 to 130 Lbs, if they can complete this brutal cycle. This routine is for squats, and squats only. Check out Smolov Jr. for a Smolov more suitable for other lifts.

Smolov Jr.

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Smolov Jr. is a popular variant from the original Smolov squat cycle. The difference is, Smolov Jr. can be used in a variety of different lifts, and is only three weeks long.