I was thinking of starting the Texas Method and am very excited about template 3 in particular. However, there’s just one problem: there’s no bench pressing in that template! Will not doing bench presses for a while make my chest atrophy in size and strength, making it harder for me to drive off the chest? Or would this temporary hiatus from benching be beneficial towards increasing my bench?
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it’s a template for a reason. It’s called the texas METHOD due to that fact that it gives a general outline and some recommendations, but nothing is set in stone. If you want to just press, that’s fine. If you want to bench and press an equal amount (which is the basic, suggested ‘template’) then you can do that too. Do whatever you want. Aside from being a great intermediate program that produces gains, the texas method also introduces an athlete to programming for themselves; which is a big plus as well.