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    Finished up NLP and was considering continuing it at a 3x3 clip for squat. I am not eating in a surplus, and I donít compete, but I am looking to continue getting strong. I am 6 feet, 39 yo male, I weigh 220 pounds and my last best 3x5 was for 365 pounds. I decided to run something like this instead of the 3ís, so I can stick with 5ís, please chime in.

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    5x5 at 80 percent of previous Fridayís weight

    Wednesday
    2x5 at 90 percent of previous Fridayís weight

    Friday
    1x5 New PR for set of Five ( add 5 pounds following Friday if completed )

    My body weight has been pretty much staying around 220, and I plan to keep it around there. Is this programming sustainable? I go for 380 lbs 1x5 this Friday, but 375 for 5 was pretty grindy.

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    Looks familiar.

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    Haha. Yes. I know thereís many different tweeks running around out there, but my main concern, which I forgot to mention in OP, was regarding percentages. It seems 5x5 at 90 percent has been the more frequently used percentage for volume day, iím At 80 percent. Still feels like a pretty rigorous workout, but was wondering if you guys feel more beneficial to go with 90 percent for 5x5, and then back it off to 80 percent on Wednesday?

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    Have you looked at these articles?

    Minimum Effective Dose for Maximum Strength | Matt Reynolds

    Minimum Effective Dose for Maximum Strength, Part 2 | Matt Reynolds

    To summarize, it's probably better to not go whole hog on swapping out your programming. Also, your modifications will be informed by your training history. Small moves.

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    A slight wrinkle I've found to be quite useful, and very much in line with the MED idea, is to increase the stress by making what was previously the mid-week light day a little harder. By the end of LP, most people's light day is basically just a warm-up, since they're still so beat from the heavy squats a few days prior.

    So for your MED change, you bring Monday's weight/% down because you have to in order to do any volume, but bring Wednesday's volume and weight up a bit, so your overall combo of work between Mon and Wed is greater than it was during the LP. Then Friday is your intensity day.

    In this case it might be something like:

    Monday: 3x5 @345
    Weds: 3x5 @315
    Fri: 1x5 @380
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satch12879 View Post
    Have you looked at these articles?



    Minimum Effective Dose for Maximum Strength | Matt Reynolds

    Minimum Effective Dose for Maximum Strength, Part 2 | Matt Reynolds

    To summarize, it's probably better to not go whole hog on swapping out your programming. Also, your modifications will be informed by your training history. Small moves.

    Awesome. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Wolf View Post
    A slight wrinkle I've found to be quite useful, and very much in line with the MED idea, is to increase the stress by making what was previously the mid-week light day a little harder. By the end of LP, most people's light day is basically just a warm-up, since they're still so beat from the heavy squats a few days prior.

    So for your MED change, you bring Monday's weight/% down because you have to in order to do any volume, but bring Wednesday's volume and weight up a bit, so your overall combo of work between Mon and Wed is greater than it was during the LP. Then Friday is your intensity day.

    In this case it might be something like:

    Monday: 3x5 @345
    Weds: 3x5 @315
    Fri: 1x5 @380
    Sounds good. Good stuff, appreciate your input guys. Thanks!

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