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Texas Method and Cutting. Any Benefits from Doing 5x5 and Not 3x5?


#1

Im currently cutting and doing Texas Method. So far Im still gaining strength in my 5x5 lifts but is there any point in doing 5x5 instead of 3x5 since im in a deficit?

I feel that if i keep doing 5x5 and when I reach my limit I will switch to 3x5 and will prolly continue grinding longer than if I just hopped on 3x5 right now.

Whats ur guys take on this?


#2

yeah stick to 5x5 the volume will lean you out faster


#3

Don’t rely on the volume to lean you out.

Your primary object is holding your strength. If you can hit your 5 rep max’s or even keep progressing, I see no difference.

If you can’t hit the new 5 rep max, evaluate then. Texas isn’t a fat loss program so i guess the day will definitely come when you can’t increase the weight any more. When loosing fat, even keeping your 5 rep max is success.


#4

Just to throw in a wrench.

10x3 for fat loss.


#5

Yeah but if i keep the volume high while I can i feel like I can stimulate my muscles longer allowing me to progress longer in the long run. Doing 5x5 til I stop and hop directly on 3x5 will make it feel easier by CNS and I can continue that until I cant hit 3 set anymore, then hop on madcow style 1x5?

EDIT: plus im in a early stage of a 5 month cut so I think that doing 5x5 wont do any harm so far, but as my BF% drops I will ofc cut down on my sets and rep scheme and try to maintain, but as of now Im still gaining.

EDIT 2: I mean if maintaing strength was the goal and NOT gaining during cut u might aswell hit the gym once a week doing 1 rm to maintain if u supposedly cant gain muscle or strength.


#6

Sure, if your goal is only strength & you believe you can keep your 1 rep max by hitting the gym once a week, that might work, but then you prob have to find other ways of expending calories since you want to create a deficit. Doing work while cutting, not a lot - not too little - within reason, will likely to help the fat loss & keep the muscles but won’t likely to make you gain anything.


#7

High volume?

8x8, Gironda method.