I've been doing Madcow 5x5 for a month and the 3x a week squats is really pushing me to the limit each time so I decided to take it a little easy for one week because of some muscle pain, and mix up the exercises a little. On Monday, I did 4 sets of 5 and one set of 3 for squats, instead of flat bench yesterday, I did incline DB presses, and instead of barbell rows, I did DB rows and upright rows.
I want to try something different rather than the 3 sets ramped up of 5 and then two working sets of 5 for back squats today. I was thinking 3 ramped sets and 2 working sets of high reps, or hct-12 style squats, or front squats. What are some other options? I'm also looking for a deadlift substitute, I don't really know what I could use other than deficit deadlifts.
At 4 weeks in it should just be getting difficult...
Stick with the program as written. no need to deload so early.
The light day of squats is not really necessary IMO.
Also, it doesnt hurt to take the deads a bit lighter than prescribed. The focus should be on bench/squats/rows.
Really? I feel like the second day of squats is helpful. I mean, I do them around 85% of the normal weight that I do 1x5 and I feel like it helps for recovery more than it would if I just rested that whole time. Anyway, I'd still like to know what, if anything, would be a good sub for squats and dl's for future reference, thanks.
Why not cut some accessory work and heal up for the main lifts.
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