well I just finished about 4 months of SS by Rippetoe (highly recommend this program, even I was skeptical but it gave me great results!)
now I am wondering what is next, and can't decide between the texas method and a 4-day-a-week split
The texas method seems like it would not let me do enough lifts, as i want to do squats/deads/ benchpress/ press / row / and curls, chins, and dips in my program
I am going more for mass than power or strength, but understand that strength = mass
Do the Texas Method. If you had success with SS you will like TX Method
Size is a function of diet
Last edited by ZenMonkey; 12-10-2008 at 08:52 PM.
Check out my journal, I'm doing the TM right now. I've been doing it for about 6 weeks now. My gains basically stopped in SS because I wasn't recovering enough to keep lifting heavier and heavier every single workout. Switching to the TM helped push my 5RM numbers up a lot:
squat: 265 >> 315
Deadlift: 375 >> 390
Bench: 220 >> 250 (for 3 reps)
OH press: 135 >> 150 (for 3 reps)
power clean: 155 >> 170 (for 3 reps)
Then again, a good split would work too.
I'm doing SS now and was planning on doing a 4 day split or the Texas Method when I stop making gains. I really didn't like the idea of a full body workout plan but I really like them now that I gave it a try. If I do the split it will be..
Mon- Chest, Tri's
Tues- Back, Bi's
honestly, i thought that the full body approach was a little borring. Its the same routine every day in the gym...even though I can not argue with the results...
but now that I have hit the wall between novice and intermediate, I need change
It is currently a fad, at this writing, for boys to think they need a "six pack", although most of them don't have an ice chest to put it in.
I can see the full-body thing getting a little boring. Personally, I don't think it's boring because I'm always shooting for new numbers, and therefore everyday is a new challenge for me. Some guys in my gym say the same thing to me, "How can you do that same routine all the time? Doesn't it get boring?" I just tell them that it's not the same routine because I'm constantly adding weight to the bar, but they still don't believe me.
Anyway, if I ever do decide that the full-body thing gets boring for me, I have the perfect 4-day split that I'm gonna do. It's program that Lunarfault gave me which has one day dedicated to each big lift - squat, dead, bench, OH press. And there's a rep range variation every week or two as well. That looks fun.
would u mind letting us in on this routine? lol
I gotta look it up again. Maybe Lunarfault would post it again if he sees this.
I stopped thinking about it being "full-body" a long time ago. I merely consider it squat training, press training,....
well what if i drop all the weights down to 5 x 5 OR 3 x 10 and instead of being married to the week, made my routine 2 days on 2 days off and kept rotating them?
I feel that with a split like this i can do more different exercises then i could with the texas method, but if the texas method is that much better, i will just do that and try not to get bored with it (i was getting very bored with SS after about 3 months of it, but it did get me results)
edit: this is with THIS split http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=118986
Last edited by sandcracker21; 12-14-2008 at 08:02 PM.
Yes, texas method will work better. But after only 3 months of SS, I'm not sure you're ready for it.
no, I was on SS for 4 months, (it was simply boring after the 3rd month) and I simply can not make workout to workout progress anymore, I am stuck
Texas method sounds like something that could work for you.
And why not throw in the exercises you mentioned? The Texas method is not a template, it is a theory. At least that's what I got out of reading practical programming. Are you looking at that crappy template on the stronglifts site?
i understand its a template, but rippetoe in PP says 5 lifts a workout is pretty much the ceiling, and i agree, as my form and energy gets low after 4-5 core lifts of 3+ sets
If monday is your basic lifting day, and wen. is a recovery day, and friday is a PR day...where can I fit all the lifts I want to do in?
.....unless I put one heavy lift in on wen. that is semi unrelated to what I did on mon. and another one on friday that is not just a PR attempt
im just looking for some input, and so far I have gotten great input, and I am honestly leaning more towards the texas method so far