The 5×5 system of training has been around for decades, and it’s still one of the most popular training methods there is, for the simple reason that it works so well.
Reg Park (who built 20 inch arms and did a 500lb bench press before steroids were ever used in the sport) trained this way in the 1950s. And Arnold Schwarzenegger (whose mentor was Reg Park) later used it in his training to build a solid foundation, well before he ever used more conventional bodybuilder style training.
The method was then further popularized in the 1970s by legendary football strength coach Bill Starr, who used it to train all his athletes. Continue Reading →