Most who use Texas Method do so after beginner linear programming completely stalls (IE Starting Strength).
Say you ended starting strength with a squat of 315x3x5.
On your first INTENSITY day, you are supposed to just hit 315x5.
Then work backwards, and your first VOLUME day should be roughly 90% of the 315x5 (285x5x5).
The idea for the volume work is to drive the intensity work. You want to do as little volume as your body needs to drive up the intensity day. It’s been suggested that some may even drop volume day down to 4x5, or 3x5 (but don’t worry about that right now). If your intensity day isn’t going up, and you are 90%+ on volume day, you are probably doing too much on volume day. Try to drop the weight a little bit and build back up. Likewise, if your volume day is less than 90% and your intensity day isn’t going up, you probably need to do more. There’s a post on Rip’s forums that summarizes tons of users loads, and most are only working with about 85%. You tweak it as you see fit.
If you’ve manipulated volume day, and you have done a reset, and you are still stalling, then you can use a 3RM on intensity day, or do doubles, or 3-5 singles. Just keep adding weight to the bar.
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Yeah, adaptation seems to be the key. But the margin between the percentage that overtrains and the percentage that undertrains is pretty tiny, it’s hard to really know what weight you shuld use. E.g. I did 225x5x5 for two weeks and last week I tweaked it to 230x5x5 and that absolutely killed me. But im pretty sure 225x5x5 will be undertraining cuz I’ve used the same weight when I was squatting 255x5. So where’s the boundary? If I drop to 3x5, and use 230, that’s still a huge discrepancy between whats prescribed in the article and what actually works.