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I've signed up for the Fall Classic, and am starting to think about my last few months of programming. Currently I'm running the Texas Method, and looking through Practical Programming I saw the Texas Method for Powerlifting. Do you think it would make sense to run something similar? As in Press 2 x week, and bench on recovery day? In general I'm liking the Texas Method, and it's working for my Squat and Deadlift, but my press hasn't really budged much and I'd like to get it up to bodyweight for the classic if at all possible.
Stats if they are relevant:
Press does great on TM. Volume 5s and Intensity day 3s, 2s, 1s. Lots of singles across for press. Bench on Weds.
I'm a fan of MMA, and I know now that fighters cut water weight to make weight for a weight class - so a LHW wouldn't weigh 205 on fight night, for example. I'm just curious as to see your opinion on strength training for these guys - should they focus on NOT putting on muscle, or put on muscle and strength and fight at a higher weight class?
Depends on age, frame, and other factors, for all weight-class sports. As a general rule, I don't like to see guys remain small, and I certainly as hell don't like to see kids abused by their coaches with assignment to lighter weight classes than they should be in. If an adult wants to stay in a lighter class, fine with me, if it's for the right reasons. Staying artificially light so that you don't get beaten in a heavier class is not the right reason, because you don't know until you've been there that you wouldn't do better at a heavier bodyweight.
One of the most interesting stories to watch is Anthony Johnson in the UFC. Talent coming out his ears but insisted on fighting at 170 lbs and had kind of a mediocre initial run in the UFC. Its rumored he was cutting up to 35 lbs in the final day or so. Now he is back in the UFC in his second stint as a LHW. Still cutting weight to make 205 but appears to be just as quick and fast as before.
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