I started the texas method about 5 weeks ago...
Originally my routine was:
Military press 3 sets ramping up to one heavy set of 5
RDL's - light 2x8
Lunges - medium 2x8
Good mornings - light 2x8
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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