I am an illustrator and currently work as a concept artist at a computer game studio so I spend most of my time at a desk. I started weight training 1 year ago. I did a 5x5 program with a trainer for 6 months then I had to move countries; that is where 5/3/1 comes in.
The most popular, effective, and brutal accessory plan is something I called Boring But Big.
The Boring But Big supplemental program is simple. After completing the strength work with the basic exercise (squat, press, bench press or deadlift), you perform 5 sets of 10 reps with a lighter weight. This might not seem like much work, but it'll lead to new gains in strength and hypertrophy.
Q: I am not a huge fan of caffeine (aside from my morning cup of coffee) but there are times when after a long day at work it is really tough to get up for a good workout. My drug of choice here would be sugar-free Red Bull, but I am leery to start introducing something like that to my routine. What do you think - good, bad, who really gives a crap if it works for you?
A: If you can tolerate it, it’s fine. If not, don’t use it. It’s not like you are injecting heroin so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Stimulants, especially the older you get, have a bigger price so be sure you are willing to pay it.