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    Is this routine too much? And will it achieve my goal?

    Hi all,

    I'm pretty much a beginner when it comes to the gym and working out, although I have dabbled in and out of it for the last 2 years I have decided to sign up to the gym (5 weeks ago) and so far have just pretty much "tested" each of the equipment to get use to it and use it properly! Due to the gyms equipment its hard to follow said routines that I find online so I made up my own one and was wondering if someone here could give me their views on it.

    I'm 23, slim and my goal is to bulk up and build muscle somewhere in between these two: (The Superhero Section) Sort of like a greek god physique.

    So far in the gym I am currently doing 5x5 (2 sets Medium, 2 sets hard and 1 set max) on the machines that are there (I will list the machines shortly)

    The routine that I'm sort of following and plan to follow is as follows:

    Monday (GYM):

    10 Min Cardio (Rowing)

    5x5 Peck Deck Machine
    5x5 Kneeling DB Press
    5x5 Wide Grip Lat Pull Down
    5x5 Chest Press Machine
    5x5 Bench Press DB

    30 min swimming

    Tuesday (Home)

    5x5 Squat
    5x5 DB Bench Press
    5x5 Barbell Row

    Wednesday (GYM)
    10 Min Cardio
    5x5 Leg Curl
    5x5 Leg Extension
    5x5 Leg Spread Machine 1 (Sitting)
    5x5 Leg spread machine 2 (Legs out infront)
    Weighted Lunges
    30 mins swimming

    Thursday (Home)
    5x5 Squat
    5x5 Overhead Press
    1x5 Deadlift

    Friday (GYM)
    10 Min Cardio
    5x5 Bicep Curl
    5x5 Hammer Curl
    5x5 Tricep Exercise (DB Extension / Cable Extension)
    5x5 Cable Upright Row
    5x5 Shoulder Press
    30 min Swimming

    5x5 Squat
    5x5 DB Bench Press
    5x5 Barbell Row

    Please note that this is not the actual routine im following as such but more of an idea of something I could follow, I do however do the 5x5 at the gym on machines for now to get myself use to the machines.

    If I followed this black and white would this be over training my body? Is doing 5x5 something that will head me towards my goal?

    The machines at the gym I go to are as follows:

    Peck Deck Machine - Chest Press Machine - Cable Pull Down Machine - Mixed Cable Machine - Leg Extension Machine - Leg Curl Machine - 2x machines that work your inner legs (Groin) - Shoulder Press Machine - Cardio (Rowing, Treadmill, X trainer, Bikes) - and Dumbells / Barbells

    I understand the machines are not the way forward as the prefer method is the free weights however due to the size of the gym its hard to focus just on the free weights as they are usually in use

    Any information will be much appreciated.

    Thank you

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    Diet really changed my weight progression. You need to drop the 5x5. 3 to 4 sets of 8-12. Another popular method I can't remember the set size or the name . But you basically do some good working sets. 3? And get some blood in the muscle then do 1 or two super heavy sets
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