5×5 training is an age-old weight training program. Its greatest benefit is that it is a great balance between gaining real strength and building serious muscle.
The first person of significance who actively promoted this type of training was Reg Park. That he invented this form of training is unlikely, but he was certainly the man who first famously built a herculean physique by training in this way exclusively.
Since then a number of notable strength athletes and trainers have promoted this minimal but intense form of training to construct huge slabs of muscle on their frames. This type of training is perfect for building relative and total strength and you should be able to move from a beginning to an intermediate level of lifter in a linear way without any periodization factored in.
Developing mental strength is as important as building physical strength if you want to make significant gains in your training.
You don’t need a college degree in psychology or years of training with a guru to understand the fundamentals of what is required to gain a psychological advantage in your training program.
A basic understanding of what processes your mind uses, when you lift, and a simple application of some fundamental practices before, during and outside of training, is all that is required for the average trainer.
This is a guest post by Jason Ferruggia
Q: Can you give us some background about yourself?
JF: Sure. I have been in the fitness industry for nearly 15 years. During that time I owned my own private training facility in central New Jersey for ten years where I worked with over 500 clients from over 20 different sports and all walks of life, helping them get bigger, stronger, faster and leaner.
What makes you physically strong? This is often a source of constant debate and there are many differing opinions as to what constitutes a strong person. That is because there are a number of different types of muscular strength.
What are the different qualities of muscular strength and what is best type to have? Or do we have to train in all aspects of the strength game. If so, what ratio between the different strength types should we aim for?
Lets start first with defining the different types of physical strength there are.
In the fitness world, it is certainly easy to get caught up in the hype of new products that abound on websites and muscle comics. That is why I first had more than a little scepticism when I saw my first Fat Gripz advertisement. That was 3 years ago and any negativity surrounding this product evaporated after the first workout.
As old school muscle builders we realise the importance of thick bar training – it is essential to increase grip strength so we can push and pull larger amounts of weight. You are only as strong as your weakest link and that is usually grip and forearm strength.
Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0 is produced by strength coach and writer, Jason Ferruggia. Its premise is to pack muscle on the skinny frame and transform it to “jacked” in 90 days. We looked into Ferruggia’s program to see if it was worth recommending to MuscleOldSchool.com readers and we are pleased to sat that this system has a number merits.
Who is Jason Ferruggia?
Jason Ferruggia is a veteran in the strength industry and a regular columnist for Men’s Fitness magazine. He also authors an outstanding blog, as well as guest posting on a number of respected sites such as T Nation, Schwarzenegger.com, ZachEven-Esh.com and many more.