In past articles when discussing training, I’ve referenced and linked to a very popular 5×5 training program often referred to as the MadCow 5×5. Madcows 5X5 Hypertrophy Template Day 1: 5 sets of 5 for squats, bench press, and barbell rows (ramping up sets for those unaware. Actually the progression for madcows 5×5 is % compounded weekly starting week 5 and the progression for 5/3/1 is 10lb for squat/deadlift.

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I appreciate what you try to tell me and what advice you think is good, and agree with some of this.

I really 55 lifting for strength. Lashing madocw at someone who is trying to help is a great indication of perhaps why one cycle on a basic program didn’t work for ya. I have seen gains in my strength, but recently I feel like I have been hitting a plateau with my lifts, especially in the deadlift. You’re right my lifts aren’t great, but my total is lbs. None that I know of, you could increase the “set interval” from I can’t post by after Madcows stats yet because I haven’t started lol.

Working up to a heavy set of 5 on the deadlift is not exactly my idea of a true light day.


You need to do more work in most cases. How far back should I deload? Bookmarks Bookmarks Digg del.

This is followed by a light back-off set of 8 reps. This program is very easy to understand. I am gonna try something new after this 6 week peaking cycle. Every single session focuses on sets of 5. Something was brought to my attention a few weeks ago. Bookmarks Bookmarks Digg del. Originally Posted by madxow.

I know that every one of you want to get the pump work for the ladies but I would suggest you to madcw it to the bare minimum.

Madcow 5×5 Calculator

I appear to have wasted my time. Sick of stubborn body fat, a weak physique, and no strength? You must be ready to bust your ass because this type of program is not for the squeamish.

First of all, the program was designed for natural bodybuilders. I find your chinup advice intriguing, I’ve done weighted chinups every wednesday ever since I started, but not as a main lift.

Madcow 5×5: Workout for Intermediate Lifters

Keep it going, Jeremy. I am looking forward to it. Come on, you should be way more advanced than me. Madcows makes no real use of periodization in terms of focusing on different physical qualities at different times.


Every bodybuilder seems to have Attention Deficit Disorder and an overwhelming desire to customize everything. Starr was trying to accommodate the fact he often worked with 10, 20, or 30 athletes simultaneously. You simply add 2. Stocked up on eggs, protein powder etc….

No need to add extra cable crossovers or some other BS movement. Page 1 of x55 1 2 Last Jump to page: To put it simply, if you are not a competitive powerlifter, there is no reason why you have to do the flat bench, squat, or the deadlift. Check the first picture again.

I am intimately familiar with the Texas Method and I am excited to discuss the intricacies of the program with the PowerliftingToWin community. I don’t think I’m all high and mighty for ‘coming up with this’.

Secondly, the program represents a reduction in volume from most intermediate programs. Originally Posted by Xuaxace. The only variable manipulated is intensity.