Texas Method is pretty much just Stronglifts (sets across) just using different weights.[/quote] No, not quite.
[quote]Madcow is Stronglifts with some ramped sets, instead of sets across.[/quote] Again, no, not quite.
[quote]All 3 have simlar structures, (full body, lifts stressed equally, sets of 5 reps, little to no assistance). With Madcow or Texas Method, you may gain some muscle, and lift more weight, but you will still be a beginner. You won’t learn anything. You’ll know the same 5 lifts, for the same sets of 5, and the same stalls. 6 weeks from now, you’ll be right back where you are today.[/quote] This time, just no. The fact that you didn’t learn anything, does not make it so. Anecdotal evidence of one, is just that, not fact. Have you actually done the programs for ore then 6 months?
[quote]5/3/1 will introduce you to a whole new structure(upper/lower), more variety in the weights and number of reps you lift, and some assistance work. In addition to just doing the 5/3/1 sessions, and moving weights you’ll LEARN about planning your training over weeks and months. You’ll learn how assistance exercises help build main lifts. You’ll learn how to use sets across to build up volume. And how use this work to “set up” for ramps in intensity. There are suggestions and guidelines for implementing conditioning, and extra work for recovery and mobility/agility.
In the future, when you stall or get bored, there is a clean path to continue on with 5/3/1. There are many templates, to stress new techniques and concepts (high rep squatting, rest pause, higher volume on main lifts, etc). You won’t have to guess what weights to lift, or experiment with how many days to lift or rest. You can just follow the plan.
After a few months, even if you don’t like anything about 5/3/1, at least you will have done some stuff other than grinding away with sets of 5 in the squat. You’ll be more educated. [/quote]I happen to love the principles of 5/3/1, so no arguments.
But to say that you will learn nothing from the other programs is just plain false.