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    Moving up is exciting! Just finished my LP and was wandering what to do next...decided that Texas Method has been the standard next step since I was in nursery so I'd follow the well trodden path. I watched and read a bunch of the latest TM information out there and have made three adjustments: Pulling schedule = 3x5 deadlift, 3x3 power clean, 1x5,2x3,3x2,5x1 deadlift - a la Paul Horn, but with power cleans cause they're easy and fun. Second, deadlift is one workout out of sync, by necessity of time constraints. Finally, I'll start out with 3x8 pressing on light day - I'm still skinny with a 2m wing-span and need the volume!

    SSLP Final Numbers

    BW 80kg (+5kg)
    Squat: 130x5x3 (286lb)
    Press: 57.5x5,5,4 (126lb)
    Bench Press: 77.5x4 (170lb)
    Deadlift: 142.5x3x2 (313lb)



    W0D1

    - Squat: 3x5@bar, 2x5@52.5, 1x3@77.5, 1x2@105, 1x2@115, 1x5@130kg (286lb)
    - Press: 2x5@bar, 2x5@22.5, 1x3@32.5, 1x2@45, 1x2@50, 1x5@55kg (121lb)
    - Deadlift:2x5@bar, 2x5@60, 1x3@72.5, 1x2@97.5, 1x2@105, 3x5@122.5kg (269lb)
    - Chin-Ups: 10, 10, 10

    Starting with an ID because for scheduling reasons I want VD on Sundays. This was nice and relaxed, at least 2 reps in the tank on Squat and Press, at least 3 on deadlift.

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    - Squat: 3x5@bar, 2x5@47.5, 1x3@72.5, 1x2@95, 1x2@105, 5x5@120kg (264lb)
    - Bench Press: 2x5@bar, 1x5@27.5, 1x3@40, 1x2@55, 1x2@60, 5x5@67.5kg (148lb)
    - Power Clean: 2x3@bar, 2x3@40, 1x3@55, 1x2@67.5, 1x2@72.5 3x3@82.5kg (181lb)

    First Volume day was...actually kinda nice. The offset load meant that every set was at least 3 reps from failure and I clicked through them on short 3min rest times. I expect it to get much harder, but a very welcome break!

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    - Light Squat: 3x5@bar, 2x5@42.5, 1x3@62.5, 1x2@85, 1x2@97.5, 3x5@105kg (231lb)
    - Press: 2x5@bar, 1x5@27.5, 1x3@35, 1x2@40, 3x8@45kg (99lb)
    - Deadlift: 2x5@bar, 2x5@60, 1x3@87.5, 1x2@115, 1x2@127.5, 2x3@145kg (319lb)
    - Chin-Up 11, 11, 6

    These light squats felt worse than 120 two days ago. I guess that's the point of light day :P As for the rest, Press eights had a burn to them I had forgotten existed, which was fun. Deadlift - I have a confession to make. Back in November/December 2017 I ran John Welbourne's rebranding of starting strength and did it all wrong. On a 145x5 attempt I tore my QL and swore off deadlifts really until I started this. I didn't say anything when I started because it loomed large for me and I didn't want to jinx myself...but with two comfortable triples in the bag I can confidently say I'm looking forward to 150 in a few weeks time!

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    W1D3

    - Squat: 3x5@bar, 2x5@60, 1x3@80, 1x2@105, 1x2@117.5, 1x5@132.5kg (291lb)
    - Bench Press: 2x5@bar, 1x5@30, 1x3@45, 1x2@60, 1x2@67.5, 1x5@75kg (165lb)
    - Deadlift: 2x5@bar, 2x5@60, 1x3@80, 1x2@100, 3x5@125kg (275lb)

    Another ID that felt shockingly easy compared to all the stuff people say online. Squat and Bench 8RPE and Deadlift never higher than a 7. Looking forward to 5x5 squats on Saturday.

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    W2D1

    - Squat: 3x5@bar, 2x5@50, 1x3@72.5, 1x2@97.5, 1x2@107.5, 5x5@122.5kg (269lb)
    - Press: 2x5@bar, 1x5@22.5, 1x3@32.5, 1x2@42.5, 1x2@47.5 5x5@52.5kg (115lb)
    - Power Clean: 2x3@bar, 2x3@50, 1x3@65, 1x2@75, 3x3@85kg (187lb)

    Another session of nice comfortable weights, though fatigue definitely started to creep in on the last two sets of squats and presses. Cleans feel very easy. Will probably stick with 3x3 till 90 then maybe drop to 4x2 until I can do sets with 100kg...

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    W2D2

    - Light Squat: 3x5@bar, 2x5@42.5, 1x3@65, 1x2@85, 1x2@95, 3x5@107.5kg (236lb)
    - Bench Press: 2x5@bar, 2x5@25, 1x3@37.5, 1x2@50, 1x2@55, 3x8@62.5kg (137.5lb)
    - Deadlit: 2x5@bar, 2x5@60, 1x3@87.5, 1x2@117.5, 1x2@132.5, 2x3@147.5kg (324lb)

    Nice easy day - managed to do lifts in order today which was nice... Bench 8s were more annoying than hard, and a nice Deadlift day - I reckon I have one more week of triples then moving to 3x2.

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    W2D3

    - Squat: 3x5@bar, 2x5@55, 1x3@80, 1x2@107.5, 1x2@117.5, 1x5@135kg (297lb)
    - Press: 2x5@bar, 1x5@22.5, 1x3@35, 1x2@45, 1x2@50, 1x5@57.5kg (121lb)
    - Deadlift: 2x5@bar, 2x5@60, 1x3@80, 1x2@100, 1x1@120, 3x5@127.5kg (280lb)
    - Chin-Ups: 11, 11, 8

    Press set-up was feeling off today so this felt like RPE 9.5 when it definitely shouldn't... otherwise all went up no trouble. Looking forward to squatting 300lb next week

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    Quick question for anyone actually reading this...

    I have two weeks coming up where I will have a surplus of recovery capacity - will be able to work out at 10am and take my time rather than fitting it in after a full day of work and two hours commuting. So, my question:

    - Would it be possible to double up on my pressing volume? I was thinking of doing the following:

    Bench 5x5

    Press 5x5

    Bench 1x5
    Press 2x3

    Essentially doing two weeks in one...

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    W3D1

    - Squat: 5x5@bar, 2x5@50, 1x3@75, 1x2@100, 1x2@110, 5x5@125kg (275lb)
    - Bench Press: 2x5@bar, 1x5@30, 1x3@45, 1x2@55, 1x2@60, 5x5@70kg (154lb)
    - Power Clean: 2x3@bar, 1x3@60, 1x2@70, 1x2@80, 3x3@87.5kg (192lb)

    This was a funny session. The first work set on everything felt surprisingly heavy, then everything else was oddly easy...

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    - Light Squat: 3x5@bar, 2x5@45, 1x3@65, 1x2@87.5, 1x2@95, 3x5@110kg (242lb)
    - Press: 2x5@bar, 1x5@22.5, 1x3@32.5, 1x2@42.5, 1x2@47.5, 1x5@57.5kg, 4x5@52.5kg 126lb, 115lb)
    - Deadlift: 2x5@bar, 2x5@60, 1x3@90, 1x2@120, 1x2@132.5, 2x3@150kg (330lb)

    Great session. I'm currently on holiday from work and the extra sleep/lower stress is making for some very easy trainings The heavy press set is just a misload, but felt much better than Thursday so I think I'll try another five this week rather than 2x3 as planned.

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