Well I have been 5 x 5 for a long while and the strength gains keep rolling in. My new 5RMs as of friday: Squat 135 Kg Deads 160 Kg Bench 130.5kg (incline bench 100Kg) Bent Pendly Rows 100 Kg Dips body weight (95kg + 25kg) Strict military press 67,5 Kg (3RM) I am not getting huge, but very, very strong and the gain in body weight is not fat as my clothes keep getting looser. THe fat is coming off SLOWLY as I am not dieting to lose fat. When I eat too much, I just hop on the bike for 30-60 kilometers. ( Mountain bike season is over and I have a two month break in training, December 1 I start up the bike training 3x week) Just in the last 2 weeks I have gained almost 5% above my last 5 RMs. This is the last week of an intermediate 5 x 5, then I do a cycle of 3 x 3 ( Stphen Korte Style, just Squat, bench, Deads every workout) I have shot up about 25% in my 5 RM maxs since starting 5 x 5 early this past summer. I am at 95 Kg body weight and about 15% body fat. My core/abs are exploding, especially my obliques. I am taking in between 125-175 grams a day protein. I eat the same every day until dinner. The protein is coming mostly from cottage cheese, milk, eggs, chicken. Dinner is either fresh pizza with half the amount of cheese, some sort of fish, a big ol´steak, or my breakfast/lunch cottage cheese mix ( cc, frozen berries, a banana, musli, bee pollen and almonds mixed into a mushy baby food like consistancy. I take 2 Alkyl creatine pills only in the morning of workout days. My liquid intake is 2 liters water, 2 liters 1.5% fat milk, 1 liter OJ. Workouts consist of M,F: Back Squats, Bent Rows, Flat bench, Mil. Press, Dips, Chins W, Front Squat, Incline Bench, Deads, Dips, Chins no ab work. 5 x 5 is rocking my world !