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Old 03-21-2008, 07:53 AM   #1
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Started lifting about 7 weeks ago. The only equipment I have are dumb bells and a $200 Triumph cable machine (for the time being).
If I wanted to get into the 5X5 routine, and work on say for instance biceps, is it just one exercise of 5X5 (curls) or can you do more?
An example: seated dumb bell curls 5X5 and then hammer curls 5X5 and then cable machine 5X5. Or is it more beneficial to just do one routine?
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you cannot do 5x5 with only dumbbells. It is a strength oriented program. You do not do "5x5" for biceps or triceps or calves. Ever. Here is the link to the 5x5 program.

http://www.geocities.com/elitemadcow...Linear_5x5.htm

but if i were you, i would firstly get a gym membership to a gym which has a powercage, a powerrack, some barbells, many plates, etc and then i would do the Starting Strength Program first.

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you cannot do 5x5 with only dumbbells. It is a strength oriented program. You do not do "5x5" for biceps or triceps or calves. Ever. Here is the link to the 5x5 program.

http://www.geocities.com/elitemadcow...Linear_5x5.htm

but if i were you, i would firstly get a gym membership to a gym which has a powercage, a powerrack, some barbells, many plates, etc and then i would do the Starting Strength Program first.
I wish I had time for a gym. The closest one is an hour round trip.
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Well then I advise you invest in a squat rack, barbell, etc
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I wish I had time for a gym. The closest one is an hour round trip.
Mine used to be a bit over an hour round trip. I just planned other things around it so I'd be in the area. Plus It was on my way to and from work so I usually went in the morning before work. Wasn't a huge inconvenience when I did it.

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All that matters for right now is that you have enough weight in dumbells. Between that, and the cable, and bodyweight movements you should be able to do, you can construct a fullbody routine. You just want to think of compound multijoint movements. Anything you can do with a barbell you can do a version of it with dumbells. Squats, deadlifts, single leg squat versions, power lifts (olympic type lifts), rows, presses, all sorts of stuff with the cable machine...necessity is the mother of invention .

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If you act sanctimonious I will just list out your logical fallacies until you get pissed off and spew blasphemous remarks.
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Guess I'll start looking for some equipment or figure some way to make time for the gym
Thanks guys.
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