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Necessary Equipment for Texas Method Program

I am wrapping up the Starting Strength program and getting ready to start on the Texas Method advised by Riptoe. I have not read Practical Programming yet and wanted to know what extra equipment would be required beyond the Starting Strength program.

I currently have a gym membership but I am thinking of cancelling and getting my own equipment because I basically only use the power rack, bench, and barbells anyway. Also, in general, what would guys consider other essential equipment needed in a power lifter’s home gym as I get more advanced.

Just trying to figure what would all be needed so I don’t cancel my gym membership and regret it later.

Rack with proper jhooks, competition width and height dumbbell bench, power bar, plates. Maybe a few different dumbbells. Econo/home GHR.

ABS pipe roller, assortment of bands, ab wheel, lacrosse ball, chalk.

Thanks, I think I will pursue my own equipment. I am really enjoying the simplicity of power lifting so far. Focus on major compound lifts and track your progress as the weight goes up. Not much equipment required and amazing results, nice.

Make sure you read Practical Programming. I’m doing 531 but PP was a very informative read.

[quote]Northwoods wrote:
I am wrapping up the Starting Strength program and getting ready to start on the Texas Method advised by Riptoe. I have not read Practical Programming yet and wanted to know what extra equipment would be required beyond the Starting Strength program.

I currently have a gym membership but I am thinking of cancelling and getting my own equipment because I basically only use the power rack, bench, and barbells anyway. Also, in general, what would guys consider other essential equipment needed in a power lifter’s home gym as I get more advanced.

Just trying to figure what would all be needed so I don’t cancel my gym membership and regret it later. [/quote]

PP is a good book and has tons of info on setting up various programs and the science behind them, and it is worth the money. If you haven’t already have a read of RIP’s article that he posted on T nation there is actually more info on TM in that article than there is PP. There isnt much more equipment needed for TM than for SS. Still the main focus is barbell movements: squats, bench, press, DL and Power cleans. You add in some chins and either GHR or back extensions on the recover wed workout.