I'm a novice powerlifter training for a meet in March 2009. I've been seriously training for over six months. I started with the Novice Program outlined in Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength; I used it until October, then switched to the Texas Method featured in Rippetoe's Practical Programming for Strength Training. I've made great progress with this routine as well. My 3RM, as of today are:
Bench Press: 270#
I was wondering if anyone else has used the Texas Method to prepare for a meet. I'm torn between keeping it, since it's working fine, or doing a 12 week cycle. Being a novice, I'm trying to read as much as I can, so any help is appreciated. The gyms I train in do not have any bands, chains, or boxes so I can't use any Westside methods. Thanks again.