I'm using one of the Texas Method variants. I want to add tabata sprints to my weekly workout. The question is, when? My choices are:

  1. Monday. I'm already doing 5x5 at 80% of squats, bench, power cleans. Plus planks.

  2. Wed. Lighter day: 70% of 3x3 goblet squats and overhead press, plus 3 sets of 12 pull ups and 5 sets of back raises.

  3. Friday I do 1x5 at 90% of squats, bench and deadlifts, plus planks.

Should I make Monday a serious depletion day by adding in the sprints, or maybe Friday would be better so that I have the weekend to recover. Recommendations?

  • Are you a sprinter? Or a lifter?
    – user4644
    Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 17:10
  • A lifter, I'd say.
    – Mark
    Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 18:47

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From what I've read about Texas Method, an option for the Friday is to do dynamic effort sets instead of PR squats. Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore say this (referring to swapping in dynamic effort sets in the Texas Method):

When beginning this type of training, it is normal to continue to use 5 sets of 5 on Monday and replace Friday's workout with dynamic effort sets.

(Dynamic effort sets are explained in more detail in their book.)

The main point is you can do power work (like sprints), and it looks like Friday is the day to do it. My guess is that if you're set on doing Tabata sprints in addition to your heavy squats on Friday, you may have to re-adjust the percentages you're doing across the week to account for the extra load.

As an aside, remember why you've switched to Texas Method, though. It's because the amount of work you needed to do to stimulate adaptation required too much recovery for a novice schedule. The Texas Method gave you a way to do more work (volume day), and have the recovery time you need (light day). Adding in more stuff at this point will be tricky to do.

Rippetoe and Kilgore say this about tweaking the Texas Method:

  • If you stall by not setting PRs on Fridays, but are not failing on Mondays, add more volume on Monday
  • If you fail to set PRs on Friday and regress on Monday, reduce the volume on Monday (fewer warm-up sets, reduce the percentage, or take out sets or reps from your work sets)

I've given a lot of extra info that you didn't ask about, because I'm assuming that you're wanting to add tabata sprints due to stalling progress. So, I wanted to remind you about the standard tweaks that can be done to Texas Method.

  • Thanks. This is helpful. Dynamic effort may be a better option.
    – Mark
    Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 19:29

My preference would be to do conditioning like sprints on non-lifting days. Tuesday would be a good fit: you won't undercut your lifting efforts by tiring yourself out before a max-effort or volume day.

But if I had to do my sprints on a lifting day, I'd make it Friday for the extra recovery time.

  • Thanks. If I do add the sprints, I think I'll definitely do them on Friday. I'm worried Tuesday will inhibit my recovery for the max effort.
    – Mark
    Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 23:06
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    I've found putting my lifting on the same days as practices (basketball) is better than alternating them... having full recovery days really makes a difference. I'm not sure how this transfers to the intermediate stage, though.
    – user4644
    Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 0:54

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