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Old 01-24-2013, 05:52 AM   #1
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Default 5x5 vs. MadCow for early-intermediates

Hi All,

I am here for a bit of advice. I came the long way to reach my current numbers, so let's not talk about the past, let's assume I have completed the base-camp of power-lifting and focus on the future. I am trying to put together a training programme for the next 6 months. I was reading quite a lot about both the standard 5x5 and MadCow and I simply cannot decide. I have read a lot of articles about both containing exact kg values and / or percentages when to change, when to use which, but they are not consistent, and I am a bit confused. I used 5/3/1 (probably a bit too early) and a 4 day split routine alternated to get up to this point.

I am now 94 kg, and my personal best lifts are
Bench: 110 kg
Squats: 150 kg
Deadlift: 155 kg
Military press: 65 kg.
Raw: 80 ish, never tested

Technique and nutrition is relatively all right I think.

Question is: where to go?

Is 5x5 still viable for someone like me? I have ran a simulation for 16 weeks, but using the 2.5kg increments I am a bit sceptic about the possibility of those gains. Obviously breaking platous is sort of 'part of the plan' but still...

MadCow looks a bit more realistic in terms of gains, but I do not know if I am ready for that because the tonnage is less.

What would you suggest to do at this level to break into proper intermediate levels?

Thanks in advance
Andras
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