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Most of us don’t particularly care how strong we are, but rather, how strong we look. Although our ultimate goals involve putting pounds on our body rather than putting pounds on the barbells we lift, increasing strength should also be a top priority, as being stronger can lead to bigger muscles.
ENTER THE 5-3-2 PLAN FOR INSANE STRENGTH
The 5-3-2 Plan is a simple 10-week program guaranteed to make you stronger. At the end of this program, expect a 225% increase in strength. That’s a 25% strength gain over nine exercises for a 225% overall strength increase. The numbers 5-3-2 represent:
So, the entire program looks like this:
ARE YOU READY TO GET STRONGER & BIGGER?
Getting stronger now means that when you return to your normal workouts, you’ll use more weight than before, thus placing greater overload on the muscles for more growth. Just take a look the thickest and freakiest muscled bodies on IFBB Pro League stages — men such as Ronnie Coleman, Johnnie Jackson and Branch Warren, to name a few. The majority of the most massive physiques in bodybuilding have their roots in powerlifting and it’s no coincidence that these men sport muscles that really are as strong as they look.
BEFORE YOU START
To measure the gains made on the 5-3-2 Plan, test your two-rep max on each of the nine exercises one week before starting the program. Have a spotter handy for bench presses, squats and shoulder presses.
225% STRONGER: THE EXERCISES
CHEST: Bench Presses
SHOULDERS: Overhead Barbell Presses
BACK: Barbell Rows & Deadlifts*
TRICEPS: Close-Grip Bench Presses
BICEPS: Barbell Curls
TRAPS: Barbell Shrugs
FOREARMS: Barbell Wrist Curls
*Deadlifts hit the back, legs, forearms and numerous other muscle groups.