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Madcow's 5x5


#1

I know Madcow's guide says specifically not the fuck around with the exercise selection in his 5x5 template, but flat benching makes my shoulders sore for days.

Barring that, T-Nation community, would floor presses be a decent substitute?

If not, can anyone recommend a program that provides strength gains and isn't too hard on the shoulders?

Its only upper body pressing that makes me sore, squats and deadlifts feel great.


#2

Substituting Floor Presses should be fine. Another alternative would be 2 or 3 board presses.

If your shoulders are messed up you may need to back-off a couple times.

Good luck and keep us posted.


#3

i subbed floor presses for bench presses when i did it a few years ago, my bench went from 265 or 285 (i forget) to 305. i am not naturally strong so this was a big improvement for me. i did the version where you do 5x5 on day 1 & 5rm on day 3 & switch after 4 weeks to 3x3 on day 1 & 3rm on day 3. i did it because my lower back was smoked after the squats & floor pressing allowed my back to rest for the rows. if you are just lifting to get bigger & stronger, give it a shot.