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    Default Modifying the Texas Method by Moving the Volume Pull

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    Back before the world paused, I was running a classic, out of the box Texas Method:

    Sunday: Volume Squat, Volume Press or Bench, Volume Powerclean or Speed Deadlift
    Tuesday: Light Squat, Medium Press or Bench and Back Extensions
    Thursday: Intensity Squat, Intensity Press or Bench, Intensity Deadlift

    I was running out of time on my volume day workout, and I was out of gas when it came time to do volume pulls. I didn't have the speed to do the cleans properly because I was exhausted and workouts were taking more than two hours. I got to some pretty decent numbers, but I was a sloppy, grindy mess and I want to take the time to do it right.

    After I have gone through the Starting Strength library, I am currently sorting out form creep problems with my squat and deadlift by just being super strict with form and running a basic three day NLP from a relatively light weight. I won't have the time for marathon workouts like on a normal Texas Method program, but I wanted to do something like this to make the scheduling work:

    Monday: Volume Squat, Volume Bench or Press
    Tuesday: Powercleans, Weighted Chinups
    Wednesday: Light Squat, Medium Press or Bench, Back Extensions
    Thursday: Rest
    Friday: Intensity Squat, Intensity Press or Bench, Intensity Deadlift

    Advantage: I will be fresh for the powercleans meaning that I will be faster and thus able to handle heavier loads, and will be able to add weighted chin-ups back into my program.
    Disadvantage: This will push the volume pull closer to the intensity day, and it may result in incomplete recovery by intensity day.

    Does anyone care to weigh in on this? I think that it is a reasonable modification to the Texas Method and I should be able to make some decent progress with it. I think that this will work because there is less weight being used on the powercleans, which will impose less systemic stress.

    Thank you,

    James.

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    4-day Texas works quite well and many like it. I'm not opposed to this. Even my lifters who had the time to do 3-day ended up moving the day 1 pull over to an additional day.

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    This reminds me of some TM variations in PPST that spplit volume day in a similar fashion. One is the Hybrid for Ol lifting, the other I forgot the name.

    I don't think the disadvantage is really an issue. I'd be more worried about p-cleaning with stiff and sore legs and hips from monday. But that may still be better than doing them at the end of the workout.

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    Agree with your points. I'm hoping that the powercleans will help me shake out the soreness and loosen up a day after after the volume squats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReconquistaBarbell View Post
    This reminds me of some TM variations in PPST that spplit volume day in a similar fashion. One is the Hybrid for Ol lifting, the other I forgot the name.

    I don't think the disadvantage is really an issue. I'd be more worried about p-cleaning with stiff and sore legs and hips from monday. But that may still be better than doing them at the end of the workout.
    It's a light pull, it will serve to keep you pulling while loosening things up

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