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The Cowboy Method

By Chad Smith | In Training | on January 31, 2014

Wanna squat more? Then you’ve gotta squat more!

The Cowboy Method was born out of the Texas Method-I originally called this the Big Texas Method but The Cowboy Method is just catchier and Big Texas make me keep thinking about those cinnamon rolls you can buy in vending machines.

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The premise of The Cowboy Method was born out of Glenn Pendlay’s Texas Method squat program. Pendlay’s Texas Method revolves around a 3x/week squatting program of High Volume on Mondays, Low Volume on Wednesdays and a rep max on Fridays or Saturdays, it is a great program that will yield excellent results for you.

“My squat had been stuck for several months and I knew I needed a change. The Cowboy Method has been the perfect change to help add muscle and improve my technique. I started with a 1rm of 235 and now have done that for a set of 5!”-Whitney Churchill

For many people reading this though, you need more, you need more volume, more muscle, more practice of the movements, enter The Cowboy Method. If you are a beginner/intermediate lifter, you need more VOLUME, if you are an advanced lifter, a high volume phase can help you put on muscle, give you a break from the heaviest weights and challenge you in new ways.

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The Cowboy Method doesn’t just include a great plan to help improve your squat, it also has deadlift and bench training, as well as a clever and effective way to improve your MetCon work!

“My squat had been holding back my Olympic lifts and I knew I needed to change something. The Cowboy Method is challenging me every step of the way but after just 8 weeks I’m doing my old 1rm for 3 reps! All my lifts are going up and my work capacity has increased.”-Joel Thompson, Owner of CrossFit Tustin

Check out The Cowboy Method and 100% of the proceeds are going to Autism Speaks, a charity very dear to me.

Get It Here For Just $2.99!

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21 comments
Dan
Dan

Sorry if this seems like a repetitive question, but how did you calculate/design the increase in projected maxes of weight from 10-8-5-etc for Joel in the rep maxes? Or did he calculate this increase post session? Looking to plan a projected max path, however I'm confused on how you got the projected maxes 319-322-326-etc. any help would be appreciated, thanks!

JasonStruck
JasonStruck

apparently it was a limited time only according to their facebook page 3/16/2014

Felipe
Felipe

so it looks like the cowboy method is no longer in the online store...has anyone heard if it's going back up? been checking it for days but nothing.

Ben
Ben

I can't find the cowboy method in the online store.. am I missing something??

Benny
Benny

Is the Cowboy Method still available? I cant seem to find it in the online store? 

T williams
T williams

Chad,

Have been stuck at a 375lb squat max for some time now. Just downloaded this program and can't wait to start it. I'm a little confused on the math. hoping you can answer these 3 questions for me...


1- for the percentages, do i use my current 375lb max? or do i use percentages from my desired max?

2-for the front squat, do u use the percentage of your front squat max or your back squat max?

3- im a little confused on the rep max days..do you just pick a weight thats as heavy as possible that you can get for 10? then on the following monday, you use the percentages based off of what that 10 max rep was projected for a arm?

DavidJones8
DavidJones8

Thanks Chad, that clears that up. Looking forward to starting this.

DavidJones8
DavidJones8

Thanks Chad, that clears it up, de loading after smolov looking forward to starting this.

DavidJones8
DavidJones8

Yep anyone help out? Nice program to try having just finished smolov and want to keep squatting often.

Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster

I was going to ask the exact same question . Help please guys ??

Tom Jackson
Tom Jackson

Hi Guys,


Before everyone face palms, Math isnt my strong point. Trying to use the equation provided (weight x reps x .33)+ weight to work out 10rm, 8rm, 5rm etc for the Fridays. I work in KG and my squat max is currently a paltry 142.5kg , looking for r a 152.5 to 155kg what am I looking to do? Really appreciate the help and apologies if its a stupid question.


Thanks

AlanKissick
AlanKissick

I'm a huge fan of the TM and a fan of Chad's work. Both combined are making awesome. Have been using the cowboy method over the past 10 weeks for the bench proponent and have been getting some awesome results thus far.  

Clutch Barrett
Clutch Barrett

Looks like a good program for beginners (and intermediates who are usually beginners).  I did a very similar method to this on the advice of a freakin' beast at my old gym (ya know the guy all the bros avoid and sneak stares at from the hammer strength machines).  I made massive gains on this.  I put 100 lb on my 5x5 weight in a few weeks.  After that I had to make some adjustments and slow down the progressive overload, but for the beginner phase it was awesome.

NickW
NickW

@T williams  I have #3 as a question also. I get the work up part, but then are you constantly projecting your 1RM based on the rep maxes to then calculate the percentages for the following week?

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