Originally Posted by TKJTG
This will probably read like mind vomit but I was actually thinking about this shit today on the plane. Stuck on the plane and all I had was The Texas Method book to read / re read. Justin is a decent blogger but a terrible book writer, I've skimmed the book twice before but still had to re-read some sections 3-4x to understand what he's really trying to say.. Anyways, this guy above might be in a better place than everyone here, not counting Charly, I never count Charly. He's thick in the right places giving him good leverage and if he has good motor pathways then he probably out squats, deadlifts, and benches more than anyone here except Charly (again don't count Charly). The fact is that Starting Strength and Texas Method will leave you with some muscle imbalances that society has deemed you need to have in order to look like you lift: thick neck, traps and delts. You can try to address it during the program, but the extra volume will eat up your recovery for your strength progression if you are really doing the program right.
That's the question - To go full swolertrophy or to go full strength. They are two separate masters in my opinion and you cannot serve both if you are a beginner. The people we see who have a great figure and are also strong, like the author of Texas Method - Justin and Charly, people who we look up to are able to serve both masters because they are alot further into their fitness career than beginners / novices and I betcha their programs look a ton more different now from when they started.
That is where my quandary lies, which master to serve. As I've said here November is about when I was able to lift 100% again and go back on LP. So I had about a solid 7-8 months of strength training with the slow yet steady 5/3/1. I made progress with it, progress is progress and I've out paced people in my gym who were on Smolov and Sheiko because I had constant and steady gains with no resets. I posted here a few months ago that six months of training my squat deadlift went up 60-80lbs, bench and press about 30-40lbs, and bodyweight went from 160-185ish. I've now switched over to a mostly bodybuilding assistance work template to get things like arms, delts, and triceps to catch up to my new body shape, but I can't help to think I'm spinning my wheels now and I should do this much later in the process. I'm heavily considering doing Texas Method, I don't want to be a program flip flopper. I feel like 8 months of 5/3/1 is a good enough judgement call to compare it to something else I might do. So if I switch over I'm going to have to dedicate 10 months to it which sorta scares me because that's a lot of months of the same movement.
I'm going to finish this last week of 5/3/1 and heavily consider it while talking to the two guys in my gym that did Texas Method until it ran out then did 5/3/1 type stuff after.