In The Texas Method E-book: Part I, the reader was introduced to a weekly style of programming summed up as “The Texas Method” (TM). The book explains how to transition from a linear progression program to a proper TM template, gives guidelines on how to progress effectively, and discusses modifications with various sub-goals tacked onto the strength program. Part 1 was written because many trainees across the internet were getting chewed up due to the high amount of volume associated with the original template as discussed in Practical Programming, by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore. The program outline primarily refers to squatting and consists of a Volume Day (5×5 sets across), a Light Day (3×5 with lighter weight), and an Intensity Day (5RM) with an emphasis on increasing both the Volume and Intensity Days. If the trainee sticks to the program, the Volume Day often becomes so taxing that the trainee fails to lift any significant weight later in the week; overall progress quickly stalls.
It was quite easy to see that the swelling amount of volume was to blame for the lack of productivity on the Intensity Day. Understanding volume and how to manipulate it is key in transitioning into and out of intermediate programming.