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    Texas Method advice

    I started the texas method about 5 weeks ago...

    Originally my routine was:
    Monday
    Bench 5x5
    Squats 5x5
    Rows 5x5

    Wednesday
    Military press 3 sets ramping up to one heavy set of 5
    RDL's - light 2x8
    Lunges - medium 2x8
    Good mornings - light 2x8
    Abs

    Friday
    Bench 2 RM
    Squat 3 RM
    Rows 5 RM

    I changed this two weeks ago because I stalled on 285 squats on the 5x5...I think two times a week was just too much with all of those sets. I swapped in deadlifts on friday instead for the last two weeks up to 440 pounds. Well yesterday I jumped all the way up to 300 pounds on squats for all 5 sets. However, my bench has now stalled...i went from easily getting 235 last week to barely making it through 3 sets at 240...only got 3 reps the last 2 sets. I am thinking its just too much volume with the 5 sets, the press on Wednesday, then the 2RM on Friday. I was thinking of taking away the bench from Monday and replacing it with 5x5 of military press, as I have never trained them with the same intensity/volume as bench...Friday will still be the 2 RM bench however.

    Would military press contribute to my overall physique more than bench?

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    Really weird....felt extremely sore from monday but my military press got easier? I pressed more weight and didnt even struggle. Maybe I should just stick to this for a couple more weeks before I change it.

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    Id suggest having squats first, ditching the lunges, ditch the RDLs or GMs, add in some pullups on Wed. Do that for the next 6 weeks and see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenMonkey View Post
    Id suggest having squats first, ditching the lunges, ditch the RDLs or GMs, add in some pullups on Wed. Do that for the next 6 weeks and see what happens.
    I did drop the lunges.

    Today I did:

    Military press, clean from the floor then 3x5;

    105 x 5
    125 x 5
    140 x 5

    140 felt very light...it was a struggle last week (my military is way behind my bench).

    Then I did

    LIGHT RDLS 3x8 (really helps my back issues and stretches my hams)
    Medium Hang Cleans
    2 light squats, then one at like 230 for 5 reps
    reverse grip lat pulldowns

    I was extremely sore today, but I had no problem getting through this. I do the RDL's before squats because it really loosens my hams and makes squatting a lot easier when I am this sore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mchicia1 View Post
    I started the texas method about 5 weeks ago...

    Originally my routine was:
    Monday
    Bench 5x5
    Squats 5x5
    Rows 5x5

    Wednesday
    Military press 3 sets ramping up to one heavy set of 5
    RDL's - light 2x8
    Lunges - medium 2x8
    Good mornings - light 2x8
    Abs

    Friday
    Bench 2 RM
    Squat 3 RM
    Rows 5 RM

    I changed this two weeks ago because I stalled on 285 squats on the 5x5...I think two times a week was just too much with all of those sets. I swapped in deadlifts on friday instead for the last two weeks up to 440 pounds. Well yesterday I jumped all the way up to 300 pounds on squats for all 5 sets. However, my bench has now stalled...i went from easily getting 235 last week to barely making it through 3 sets at 240...only got 3 reps the last 2 sets. I am thinking its just too much volume with the 5 sets, the press on Wednesday, then the 2RM on Friday. I was thinking of taking away the bench from Monday and replacing it with 5x5 of military press, as I have never trained them with the same intensity/volume as bench...Friday will still be the 2 RM bench however.

    Would military press contribute to my overall physique more than bench?

    Thats how programs are designed, you are supposed to work through plateaus and stalls, your bench not budging much, especially in a week where you add weight, is not enough to consider it a stall keep plugging away until you can complete all sets with desired rep ranges.

    It takes more than 2 weeks to judge a routines effectiveness, the minimum is 6 weeks to truly judge a program, and a maximum of 12 weeks before one needs a change as far as exercise and loading parameters and such

    keep at it, dont worry about changing it around too much
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