Would like input from anyone who has ran the TM or some kind of weekly training program which has you manipulate volume and intensity to achieve gains.
The Rippetoe article here says to use 90% of your 5RM for the 5x5 day.
The TM book by 70sbig guys said a good difference is around 70lbs. They were also talking about the squat and I assume this does not apply to the bench. Even a 300lb bench would have a 5x5 that’s around 70% of the 5RM then.
Also, if you calculate the % of 5RM from the book their guideline of 70ish lbs does come out to about 87%. But this is because their examples are lifting 450-500lbs for a set of five. My squats are nowhere near that level (hell at my 79kg BW 500x5 would be near elite level…)
SO, What kind of balance did you achieve running TM or a similarly structured training schedule? Would love to hear others’ experiences as I attempt to fine tune this to my body.
Has anyone also tried INCREASING the volume on the intensity day? Due to my work schedule I’m now lifting M-Tu-Th, leaving me with three days of rest. I’m used to training with a higher a volume anyway so I’m thinking of maybe trying something like two sets of five, or getting a 5RM set and then trying the same weight for three.