I have been performing Bill Starr’s 5x5 for about a month now, and my gains have yet to slow down even during calorie restriction(trying to lose some weight). My only issue is that I have been dealing with knee pain when squatting. This isn’t anything new, so I have just been icing and taking ibuprofen.
My doctor informed me, after an MRI, that I have torn my lateral meniscus again. This is my second tear within 3 years. I had arthroscopic surgery to repair the last tear. I’ve played baseball my entire life, as a catcher, and during my 2 years of college ball, I believe I did the most damage to my knee. This leads me to my dilemma. My doctor informed me that I should stop performing squats in the gym, and probably change baseball positions.
I’m looking for some advice as to how I can modify the 5x5 program. I want to take it easy on the squats, and at most perform squats one day per week.
For anyone unfamiliar with 5x5 its basically:
Mon: Squats, Bench, Row, Assistance
Wed: Squats, Incline Bench, Deadlifts, Assistance
Fri: Squats, Bench, Row, Assistance.
I was thinking about just switching the deads and squats. So the program would go as follows:
Mon: Deads, Bench, Row, Assistance
Wed: Deads, Inc. Bench, Light Squats, Assistance
Fri: Deads, Bench, Row, Assistance
What do you guys think, I want to improve my strength, but also cut some fat. I understand the need for exercises that greatly stress the body (squats and deads) for maintaining muscle while in calorie restriction. But my concern is that deadlifting 3x per week might be too much, although I feel squats would have the same effect, so maybe switching their roles wouldn’t dramatically change things.
I apologize for the long post, but any advice?