Pick a true max.
Start at a percent and progress week to week. Not day to day.
He advocates continuing with the same weight after you miss reps..untill you do hit the 5x5 ..then progress the weight and repeat the process. I think this differs from most 5x5s where at this point you'd reset back a bit...here he has you pressing forward.
T0 work with that he also has you on a minimilistic schedule with longer rest periods between sets. He really wants you to do one compound lift with adequate rest periods for the 5x5...stretch out after and be done.
He wants a heavy and light bench and squat day each week and just the one heavy deadlift day.
5x5s can fizzle out quickly. His minimalist approach and longer rest try to adress that a bit..but it won't be forever. He does advocate some resets but only after you push...
I will be manipulating that as well. I am going to start light, as always recommend but I'm also starting with the most raw variation and will add them back as peaks are hit
Example. I'll be highbar squatting
1. I'll start by doing unbelted paused reps. Once that is maximized I'll move on to unbelted tng...once that's maximized I'll go to belted tng. So 3 phases that really keep progress longer term
Conventional deads- unbelted paused deads/unbelted deads/belted deads
Reg bench- paused chain bench/paused bench/tng bench
It would be nice to all 3 and have them peak n valley at the same time..but that's not Pry what will happen. At some point I'll have to advance one or the other and stay course of others
I picked his 3 day option.
MONDAY -squats. In my case highbar
WEDNESDAY - bench. And light squats after
FRIDAY-deads. Conventional. And light bench after.
First glance - shows there's is no upper body pulls at all. And no core or bicep work. Past what your getting from compound 5x5 sessions. I absolutely think I should add pulls. Weighted chins for sure and Pry the inverted row. Barbell rows would just be too much on the back...