My first lifting routine was Home Grown Muscle from Men’s Health magazine.
Next, I did the lifting program set forth in the book New Rules of Lifting by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove. It’s got a year long plan that you can customize to fit your specific goals. My workout logs are here. A forum is available where the authors and fellow lifters discuss the plan.
For about a month I made a half hearted attempt at the program from the book Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. It’s a total bare bones plan. Three lifts a day. The thing is that it’s three big lifts. It’s really tough. My workout logs are here. There’s a forum here where Rippetoe answers any questions people have about his program.
After yet another half hearted attempt at Starting Strength, today I’m doing Huge in a Hurry by Chad Waterbury. It’s pretty similar to the NROL format which I’ve grown to appreciate. The difference is that there are a mixture of rep variations throughout. Every week starts with low reps and ends with high reps. Another difference that I appreciate is the idea of total reps. Every lift will be assigned a number of reps as opposed to an assigned number for each set. Where a plan might call for three sets of 10 this one will call for 30 reps. They might be 10, 10, 10 or they could be 10, 5, 5, 4, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1. The whole point is to stop when form breaks down and take a rest. I feel like this will keep me from wasting time doing bad reps and injuring myself.