Deadlifts can be done either on Volume or Intensity day. Personally I preferred doing them on Intensity Day, because I found fatigue to be more of an issue on Volume Day.
I’m not sure why you’re so fatigued on ID – it’s supposed to be lower volume, only one “difficult” set. So if you’re going to squat 315x5 something like 135x5, 185x5, 225x3, 275x2, 315x5. That shouldn’t leave you too fatigued. Especially if you’re then doing bench press and resting the back/legs. You could try resting an additional 5-10 minutes after Bench Press before starting Deadlifts. You also may not be resting enough between sets.
Remember the goal of ID is not to destroy yourself – it’s to test your strength levels and make sure the load on volume day was sufficient to cause adaptation. One of the first changes to the programming when progress stops is to reduce volume even further on ID by ramping to a top set of 3’s, or multiple singles, rather than 5’s.
What assistance work are you doing on Tuesday? Typically TM is 3 days / week, MWF, so just make sure nothing you’re doing on Tuesday is affecting recovery.[/quote]
I’m not sure, maybe I have poor work capacity, but then again, the 5x5 Volume Day isn’t too hard for me. I just find that after mentally psyching myself up for intensity squats and bench, and putting all my effort into them, I can’t bring the same kind of focus that I would like to the deadlift. It’s not just physical fatigue but mental fatigue as well. I feel kind of “neither here nor there” by the time I get to deadlifting, whereas if I had a separate day allocated for them where I could concentrate on them fresh, I feel that I would be optimizing my deadlift progress a lot better.
Justin Lascek’s book says that I can add assistance work in on Tuesday. Currently, I’m following a TM layout I found online at traineatgain (can’t post link). I’m just doing close grip bench, chin-ups, hip thrusts, external rotations for my rotator cuff. Nothing too taxing, just stuff I think would help the big lifts.[/quote]
Well, I don’t know who Justin Lascek is or what traineatgain is, but not sure why you’d listen to them about the Texas Method. I suggest you buy and read Practical Programming. This will not only help you solve your problem but give you a base of knowledge that will last your entire lifting career.
As far as your template, I think the Tuesday assistance is a bad idea. CG Bench (the day after volume bench) and Chins will affect recovery.
I’d say you should either simplify and do the basic MWF program, perhaps trying Deadlift on Monday if as you say Volume Day doesn’t fatigue you. Or if you definitely want 4 days / week, you can try a 4-day TM split. Something like:
Monday: Bench Intensity, Press Volume
Tuesday: Squat Intensity, Power Cleans
Thursday: Press Intensity, Bench Volume
Friday: Deadlifts, Squat Volume
You can add chins and the other assistance work after the big lifts.[/quote]
Justin Lascek from 70sbig seems to be the authority when it comes to the Texas Method. Not too sure why you wouldn’t have heard of him as his name seems to be synonymous with the TM in most circles. He has a couple of books out on it. That’s why I’m listening to him
It’s my posterior chain that seems to suffer the most when it comes to deadlifting after ID squatting, so not too sure if chins and CGBP would be affecting my deadlift performance, moreso my bench, but my bench is progressing well. I could try cutting back on the assistance, but I’m not hitting the assistance work very hard in the first place. It’s in place there to help weak points in my big lifts - CGBP/chins for bench, hip thrusts for squats/deads, external rotations for shoulder stability. Again, Justin Lascek does suggest putting an assistance day on Tuesday as well
Thanks for all the advice so far regardless
Rip also makes fun of Justin…