Beginning Madcows 5×5 Routine

This past weekend I have completed the Stronglifts 5×5 routine. I started on June 21, 2015 and have gone very consistently every other day. Squatting 4x a week can take its toll though, and I have hit my limit on Stronglifts. Now I am transitioning to Madcow 5×5 routine.

Here are my numbers for Stronglifts 5×5.

Height: 5′ 10″ & Weight: 180 lbs

Squat: 175 lbs -> 305 lbs

Bench Press: 105 lbs -> 180 lbs

Deadlift: 160 lbs -> 325 lbs

Overhead Press: 60 lbs -> 135 lbs

Pull Ups: 80 lbs assisted > 30 lbs assisted

It is a bad idea to be squatting 305 lbs four times a week at 5×5. Switching to Madcows now, an intermediate routine will provide me with better recovery time and I will be less prone to injury. Having said that, this routine is no joke — if all goes to plan, I’ll be doing a top set of 5 reps @ 385 lbs on squat in twelve weeks. In fact, I should be in the 1000 lb club three months from now. We shall see how this works out.

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