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    My results from a year of Madcow 5x5

    Hey all, I'd just like to share my experience with the Madcow program. I've been doing this program consistently over the past year and now I feel pretty burnt out plus my lifts are stalling.

    I recently tested my 1rm a couple weeks ago and my progress are as follows:

    Weight: 126->133

    Squat: 115->310
    Bench: 85->195
    Clean: 65->155 (I suck at cleaning)
    Deadlift: 135-> 315

    There you have it. I am overall quite pleased with my results. Right now, I'm thinking of doing a completely different program for bodybuilding or take a break and restart. I'm getting pretty bored of 5x5 though. Any suggestions?
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    Originally Posted by so1id View Post
    Hey all, I'd just like to share my experience with the Madcow program. I've been doing this program consistently over the past year and now I feel pretty burnt out plus my lifts are stalling.

    I recently tested my 1rm a couple weeks ago and my progress are as follows:

    Weight: 126->133

    Squat: 115->310
    Bench: 85->195
    Clean: 65->155 (I suck at cleaning)
    Deadlift: 135-> 315

    There you have it. I am overall quite pleased with my results. Right now, I'm thinking of doing a completely different program for bodybuilding or take a break and restart. I'm getting pretty bored of 5x5 though. Any suggestions?

    nice gains bolded. not a bad start man, i would say try out a 4 day split. I have been using:

    M- Chest + Tri's
    T- Legs
    W- Off
    Th- Shoulders/traps
    F- Back + Bi's
    Weekend: OFF

    I have been experimenting with increased/decreased volume, increased/decreased rest periods etc.

    right now im doing about 9 sets chest, 4 sets tris, 12 sets legs(includes calves n stuff), 9 sets shoulders, 4 sets traps, 9 sets back, 4 sets bi's, (each on their respective day).

    but i'm always changing up the volume and switching out lifts every few weeks.
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    Originally Posted by GettunBuff View Post
    nice gains bolded. not a bad start man, i would say try out a 4 day split. I have been using:

    M- Chest + Tri's
    T- Legs
    W- Off
    Th- Shoulders/traps
    F- Back + Bi's
    Weekend: OFF

    I have been experimenting with increased/decreased volume, increased/decreased rest periods etc.

    right now im doing about 9 sets chest, 4 sets tris, 12 sets legs(includes calves n stuff), 9 sets shoulders, 4 sets traps, 9 sets back, 4 sets bi's, (each on their respective day).

    but i'm always changing up the volume and switching out lifts every few weeks.
    Wow, that seems like a lot of volume. Do you do low reps? Also, which one would you recommend for a bodybuilding routine? German Volume Training or Westside?
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    Originally Posted by so1id View Post
    Hey all, I'd just like to share my experience with the Madcow program. I've been doing this program consistently over the past year and now I feel pretty burnt out plus my lifts are stalling.

    I recently tested my 1rm a couple weeks ago and my progress are as follows:

    Weight: 126->133

    Squat: 115->310
    Bench: 85->195
    Clean: 65->155 (I suck at cleaning)
    Deadlift: 135-> 315

    There you have it. I am overall quite pleased with my results. Right now, I'm thinking of doing a completely different program for bodybuilding or take a break and restart. I'm getting pretty bored of 5x5 though. Any suggestions?
    for someone 133 those are great stats man. i hope to be there when im 135lbs.
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    What was the excuse for having a bad diet?
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    pretty sick squat and deadlift, Im surprised the bench isnt alot higher. I usually see guys that squat over 300, lifting around 250~ bench. I bet if you added more volume, your body would continue to progress. Ive also had great success with 5x5's
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    why is your weight gain so low compared to your increase in strength
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    Originally Posted by demoniclizard View Post
    why is your weight gain so low compared to your increase in strength
    Maybe he was a short chubby brah, who turned into a short buff brah..
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    pretty strong lifts for your weight
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    Originally Posted by Shesofine View Post
    for someone 133 those are great stats man. i hope to be there when im 135lbs.
    Hey thanks a lot man. Just keep lifting, eating enough and sleeping and you'll get there!

    Originally Posted by scarboro View Post
    What was the excuse for having a bad diet?
    Hehe, well I cut out pretty much all sweets out of my diet. I usually only eat those and pop at friends houses, but I usually can control myself. I never really followed a strict diet plan, just opted to eat healthier foods when I could (getting a deli sandwich instead of pizza drenched in oil during lunch etc.) It's hard to just take out a sandwich in the middle of Calculus class

    Originally Posted by MissionSk8r21 View Post
    pretty sick squat and deadlift, Im surprised the bench isnt alot higher. I usually see guys that squat over 300, lifting around 250~ bench. I bet if you added more volume, your body would continue to progress. Ive also had great success with 5x5's
    Yeah 5x5 is such a great program for a beginner! And thanks for the tip, I'll keep that in mind.

    Originally Posted by demoniclizard View Post
    why is your weight gain so low compared to your increase in strength
    My highest weight was 136 and I've recently started losing water weight in order to make the 132lb bracket for a lifting competition at my school.

    Originally Posted by lovehasrisen View Post
    Maybe he was a short chubby brah, who turned into a short buff brah..
    Pretty much...lol

    Originally Posted by Slovakian_Pride View Post
    pretty strong lifts for your weight
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