The Texas Workout Part 1

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Today, we’ll be discussing a workout method not many people are familiar with, even though it is highly ranked among fitness experts and beginners alike, the Texas method. Here’s a short breakdown of the basics you need to know:

  • Rookie lifters gain the ability to make rapid strength gains with downright simple training and linear progression.
  • The more experienced a lifter becomes, the slower his progress – this is completely normal. Optimal programming with adequate rest is what enables a more seasoned lifter to continue making progress.
  • The Texas method perfectly balances the stress of increasing the weight you lift and volume variations with adequate recovery time so that intermediate lifters will progress for an extended period of time.
  • This method is divided into three days: Mondays are killer volume, Wednesdays are active recovery, and Fridays are killer intensity.

There are many advantages to being a strapping, young man, but the problem is that most young people aren’t aware of them. Many older folks like to think that they would’ve done many things differently if given a second chance – drink better (or less) beer, do their calculus homework on time, date fewer (or more) women and spend more time accomplishing something that could actually prove useful later on, etc. But the thing most senior bodybuilders agree on is that they would gladly apply the things they have learned to their previous training programs, and eagerly watch the results on their young bodies.

It’s quite obvious to most of them now, 20 to 50 years later, that they could’ve used the advantage of the simple, innate ability of every young man – to physically stress themselves hard, recover with ease, and then stress themselves again, resulting in rapid accumulations of the effects of training and linear recovery. If we had this wisdom back then, things would’ve been so much easier, right? That’s where the Texas method steps in, an intermediate method that allows you to pick up where you left off so many years ago.

It’s a very popular follow-up routine after Starting Strength gains come to a halt. This routine has a proven track record, it focuses on the more important compound movements, and has you going to the gym three days per week. The Texas method also has a lot of variety, and will hold the average lifter’s interest due to its varying days from the beginning to the end of the week.

2So, your question by now should be “Am I the right person for this particular workout method?” Well, if you are at an intermediate level, the Texas method is most certainly a great routine for you. Rookies might find it a tad too hard while advanced-level lifters might not break enough sweat following it.

However, if you are a beginner level lifter, there are beginner level routines that incorporate the Texas method logic – you will definitely see a faster progress than with usual workout regimes, and you will most probably make session by session strength gains.  This program is ideal for those with 18 – 24+ months of continuous, proper training.

As we’ve mentioned, the Texas method has you training three days per week, where each day is considered a full body workout: you will squat and do full upper body workouts most of the time. The intensity day is left for the end of the week, giving you more than enough time to recover and be prepared for the beginning of the following week.

You can do several different rep and set schemes as long as you stick to the Texas method structure of a high volume day at the beginning of the week, light workout in the middle of the week, and a high-intensity day at the end of the week. If you are at an intermediate level and want a three-day workout regime where you can actually mold the details as you wish, this is the workout for you.

Join us again Thursday, when we will discuss the importance of the Texas method and give you a sample weekly routine. Keep lifting those bars and clenching those teeth!


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