End of The Texas Method, OHP and Front/High/Low Bar Squat PRs, Interval Timer and Stuff You Should Read

April 28, 2013 — Leave a comment

I was planning on 1 PR for this week, but ended up with 4!

Front Squat: 370 lb (1RM)

On Wednesday I got a 370 lb front squat, which is a +20 lb PR from last week. Not too shabby!

For the upcoming weeks, I'm going to fill out the "Front Squat" row in my personal records scoreboard starting with a new 2 rep max (I'm thinking 350'ish), then 3, and maybe 5.

Overhead Press: 240 lb x 2 (2RM)

Did this one on Wednesday. Could have sworn I had overhead pressed 240x2 before, but I couldn't find any record of it.

Low Bar Squat: 440 lb x 5 (5RM)

On Friday I did 440x5, which is a +10 lb PR from February. My form was pretty good for all reps I think. I am satisfied.

High Bar Squat: 440 lb x 5 (5RM)

The next day (Saturday), I managed a high bar squat for 440x5, which is also a +10 lb PR. The last time I got a 5RM was on the same day I did a low bar squat 5RM.

Also, I wanted to get in a training session of squats and deadlifts because I was going to have Chinese buffet for lunch (or in my case, a post-workout meal).

Gymboss Interval Timer Review

Black GymbossI wrote a review for the standalone interval timer known as the Gymboss.

TL;DR: It's a good interval timer.

Buy it if you want something that's compact, simple to use and has a vibration function.

Full review here.

End Of Texas Method

"Using no way as way" & "Having no limitation as limitation"I'm going to stop calling what I'm doing "Texas Method" mainly because what I do now deviates a bit from the program, and I don't want to be confined to a "method" or a "system" if I want to alter my training somehow. (As I write this, I'm reminded of Bruce Lee's saying of, "Using no way as way" & "Having no limitation as limitation").

I've already made many changes. My training now contain some elements of the Texas Method, namely, a higher volume day and a higher intensity day, but sometimes I'll have 2 or 3 PR days per week (Wednesday, which is usually a "recovery day", Friday, and sometimes Saturdays like yesterday). My recovery days are usually "intense" ie. attempting 1 rep maxes, and sometimes they're high in volume. My "intensity days" are sometimes high in volume as well.

I think it's about time to stop calling it the "Texas Method".

In the end, it's just training to get stronger.

Stuff You Should Read

  1. 3 Questions For Better Workouts by Charles Staley
  2. What I Learned To Deadlift 500 Pounds by Greg Nuckols

John Phung

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Ever since I started taking strength training seriously, I was bitten by the Iron Bug. Then it burrowed under my skin and laid eggs in my heart. Now those eggs are hatching and I... the feeling is indescribable.

Quick Stats
Height: 5'4" on non-squat days
Weight: 200 lb 210 lb ~220 lb (FOREVER BULK BRAH)


  • Texas Method: March 4, 2011 - April 28, 2013
  • Smolov Jr for Bench Press: June 4 - 22, 2012
  • Starting Strength: Nov 29, 2010 - March 4, 2011