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    I've been following Barbell Medicine templates for the past 2.5 years. My progression has been as follows:

    The Bridge 1.0
    Powerbuilding 1 (2x)
    Strength 1
    At home template (did this for about a year during covid lockdowns)
    Beginner Template
    Strength 1 (currently on week 5)

    I am wondering what direction you recommend me going after I complete Strength 1. I'm considering at least a slight break from pure Strength/Powerlifting for my next block, however I'm not sure if I should go in the direction of Hypertrophy 2 or Powerbuilding 2. I'm probably just getting hung up on useless details, but is it more beneficial to break up training cycles into pure strength and pure hypertrophy, rather than a hybrid approach like Powerbuilding? In the long run I'm definitely more interested in getting as strong as possible (powerlifting) but I also like to look like I lift, I just don't find sets of 12 to be very fun.

    Thank you for your time.

  • #2
    Sounds like powerbuilding would be the way to go. I don't think there's anything wrong with pure strength or hypertrophy cycles and there is a time and place for both of them, but I also don't think they're necessary for everyone.
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    • #3
      Thanks Jordan! I'll give Powerbuilding 2 a shot.