The classic 5×5 workout has been popularised in recent years with the help of Stronglifts.com. Recognised as one of the simplest and yet effective workout routines to get stronger, build muscle and burn fat. The premise of the 5×5 is simple – 5 Sets of 5 Reps using 5 of the most effective compound exercises that target all the major muscle groups, Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift, Overhead Press and Barbell Row. Each workout consists of 3 exercises with the Squat being the only exercise that you complete each workout.
The beauty of the 5×5 workout is that the workouts are short – no more than 45 minutes and you will make noticeable gains in terms of strength every week and here’s how. Start the workout using lighter weights so you can work on perfecting your form in the earlier weeks (this is essential before you reach the heavier weights to ensure you prevent injury). Each week once your 5×5 for that exercise, increase the weight by 2.5kg. This way you increase the resistance of your workouts in a safe controlled way.
The 5×5 workout is also psychologically rewarding as the workout allows you to hit and surpass your personal bests for each exercise relatively quickly compared to other workouts.