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Old 08-16-2010, 09:57 PM   #1
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So I'm a little confused.

Running Madcows has been great, but lately I've been finding myself stalling in certain areas. I've already had to reset my squat 2x (maybe 3), and my bench has been reset at least 2-3x as well. I'm just finding that the way I'm progressing is a little shaky...I know that Starr mentioned if you had to reset your weights more than 2-3x you need to find a new program, and I just dunno what I should be doing.

I've been running the program for 17 weeks now (almost 18). What do you guys suggest I do? Should I just wait it out and keep going with it, or switch to something else?
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:01 PM   #2
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what are your goals right now? are you trying to get your lifts up or focus on doing another show?
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My not so expert opinion would say 18 weeks, holy cow switch. But that may just be because I switch it up every 4 weeks. I would say if it isn't working as well anymore at week 18, then why would it suddenly work great at week 19, or 22? Switch it up!
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what are your goals right now? are you trying to get your lifts up or focus on doing another show?
Well, obviously I'm trying to get my lifts up

Just want to make the most of my time, that's all!

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My not so expert opinion would say 18 weeks, holy cow switch. But that may just be because I switch it up every 4 weeks. I would say if it isn't working as well anymore at week 18, then why would it suddenly work great at week 19, or 22? Switch it up!
Well I keep hearing you're supposed to stick to a program for a couple months to really reap benefits from it, but I dunno.
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Variations on a theme.

There are a few ways to handle this issue. You could not change the program movements, and instead work in more reps per set. More reps means more strength. This may mean that you actually may need to lower your weights a bit to make this run, just as you have already done. This works a lot of the time.

Since you have reset, I might would try a slightly different approach.

Take your bench movement as the goal to improve.

Work around the movement instead of direct hits. Work overhead pressing the hardest. Move close grip in as your main bench movement. Do lots of medium grip chins, and do pushups. This will give you a chance to strengthen the links before you come back to the main chain.
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I would find a new program, especially if you need to routinely reset weights. Any thoughts on 5/3/1?
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I would find a new program, especially if you need to routinely reset weights. Any thoughts on 5/3/1?
5/3/1 deloads so often though...I considered it at one point, but it just doesn't seem like my type of routine. I could be totally off point with this, but I dunno.
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