I’m recovering from a knee injury, so I can’t squat or DL heavy. Heck, I’m currently only goblet squatting about 25 lbs… at least I don’t have to warm-up, right?
However, my bench and OHP have run about as far as LP will take them, so I moved on to the Texas Method to keep them going.
In any event, my work tends to go like this on both volume and intensity days:
5-8 minute elliptical
Bench or OHP as prescribed by the program
Hamstring work (was GHR and Reverse Hypers, now pretty much just RDL for 2x8-12 or leg curls for 4-8x3)
Knee rehab (squats, lunges, leg extension)
Chins, Pulls, or Rows
Depending on the day (not light or before intensity), I may include DB Supine rolls, back hyper-extensions, or ab work for assistance. I am also walking an hour a day.
First, do you guys think this will work for the upper body, considering how squat-driven the TM is?
Second, I was thinking that, since I’m squatting so light and not even DLing, instead of just doing squats, I could do complexes for a while and focus on fat-loss (I’ve gained 10 lbs of mostly fat, up to 255, recently). Seem like it will work? It does fit in w/ the TM conditioning criteria of under 12 minutes conditioning, while still building my knee strength.
I would need to tweak a few calories out of the diet, which may interrupt my upper body gains. Conversely, I could put upper body into maintenance, which I’m weary about because of the quick drop in strength following stopping LP. What do you advise?