I have a meet in 7 weeks time and am currently on the Madcow 5x5 routine about to start week 6 tomorrow. My question is should I peak before me meet or just train as normal and take the last week off?
Option 1 would be to stay on Madcow until week 11 and then take week 12 off but on week 11 I would test my openers instead of the Friday workout so it would look like
Wednesday light day
Friday test openers
The other option would be to stop Madcow at week 9 and use a method by Garrett Blevins and do a 3 week peak
I would prefer option 1 as it would see me hit numbers I would be extremely pleased with however with Madcow you don't know when you are going to stall. For example if I stall on week 10 it would impact me negatively mentally more than anything.
Squat - 160kg/350lbs
Bench - 90kg/200lbs
Deadlift - 170kg/375lbs
Estimated maxes by week 11
Squat - 180kg/405lbs
Bench - 100kg/225lbs
Would love to hit those numbers in week 11 but I'm not sure how likely I will hit them in such short time
Sorry for the long post but hoping I can get an answer and some opinions this is my first meet and I'm overthinking everything