Background: I'm currently 6'4" 185. I used to be a fat guy (265 lbs) but I lost all the weight about 5 years ago. I've always been lifting, but I haven't made any progress in the strength department. I'm sure it has to do with my eating habits. I'm deathly afraid of being overweight again, so I've never been one to attempt to bulk.
I have decided to modify my workout to a full-body, 5x5 routine to increase my strength.
My workout looks something like this:
Standing Barbell Press
My questions are:
Is this an effective program to increase strength?
How often should I lift?
How long of a rest should I do between sets and exercises?