Last Update  On March 27, 2012
Why I Don't Like The Texas Method

by Rusi
The Texas Method is a popular training program designed for advanced/intermediate lifters. The program was made famous by Mark Rippetoe. However it was originally created by Glenn Pendlay who used it to increase the squat of his lifters.

I think that the Texas Methods has too many downsides especially in the most popular spreadsheet presented by Rippetoe in his article on T-Nation. The “classic” Texas Method looks like this:

Monday - Volume Day

A) Squats, 5 x 5 @ 90% of 5RM
B) Bench press or overhead press, 5 x 5 @ 90% 5RM
C) Deadlifts, 1 x 5 @ 90% 5RM


Wednesday - Recovery Day
A) Squats, 2 x 5 @ 80% of Monday's work weight
B) Overhead press (if you bench pressed Monday), 3 x 5 at slightly lighter load than previous 5 x 5 OHP weight, or bench press (if OHP on Monday), 3 x 5 @ 90% previous 5 x 5 weight.
C) Chin ups, 3 x Bodyweight
D) Back extensions or glute-ham raise, 5 x 10

Friday - Intensity Day

A) Squats, warm-up, then work up in singles or doubles to one single, new 5RM
B) Bench press, (if you bench pressed Monday) or overhead press (if OHP on Monday), warm-up, then work up in singles or doubles to one single, new 5RM
*C) Power clean, 5 x 3 reps or power snatch, 6 x 2 reps


Here are the problems I see with the Texas Method

1) Monday is too hard. Squats 5x5 for sets across (the same weight repeated for the work sets) will take around an hour once you get to the heavy weights. There is no other way around it. There is no question that performing a bench press workout for 5x5 after will take another 40-60 minutes and then you have a brutal deadlift set for five. Call me when you are done...somewhere this decade. Also enjoy feeling raped for the rest of the day. You worked really hard for it.

2) Your deadlift suffers. This can be a problem for both sides - lifters with good deadlift and lifters with bad deadlift. Remember that Glenn Pendlay made this program especially for squatting. He trains Oly lifters and couldn't care less about deadlifts. My guess is that he would never add a brutal set of deadlifts after 5x5 squats. Rippetoe on the other hand is squat maniac and likes squat based programs but he also want to snick the deadlift in. I don't understand this squat obsession. I though the deadlift was 1/3 of the competition. It deserves its own day not some half-ass effort after squats.

3) Too much stress on the hips because of the high workload on Monday.

4) The Texas Method does focus on bench press and overhead press. This makesprogress slower than if you were dedicated to one of lifts. Why would a powerlifter focus on an overhead press instead of using it as assistance?

5) This program is too tough for old guys....hell it's too tough for young guys too and before the Rippetoe crowd jumps on me - I don't care.
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