Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 strength training program is extremely popular for two good reasons: it’s simple and it works. 5/3/1 for Beginners. Original article by Jim Wendler here. This page is intended to serve as a companion to this article, not a complete. In today’s program review, we’re going to be tackling Jim Wendler’s iconic 5/3/1 system. Now, before I begin, it is extremely important to note that 5/3/1 is not a.

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So, you now train for six straight weeks before deloading.

Better Than Before: A Review of Beyond 5/3/1 by Jim Wendler

Dips for Chest vs. Look it up in our Glossary.

In the first month, the lifter increases specificity by wendldr some heavy singles using his training max weight after he does his AMRAP sets. For powerlifting purposes, where technique is paramount, I think it is necessary to choose one of them. The rep scheme is consistent, along with the loading scheme per each workout. Training one body part per day is outdated, and full-body workouts don’t always cut it.

Jim Wendler does not provide any guidelines for rest between sets, so you can tailor this to your recovery and scheduling needs. If you liked this articled, and you want instant updates whenever ijm put out new content, including exclusive subscriber articles and videos, sign up to our Newsletter!

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Yes, that last set is the one that puts hair on your chest, wednler the system doesn’t work without the sets that precede it. However, you also push yourself to new limits with the rep max sets.


Use a specific percentage of your one-rep max to lift 5 reps, then 3 reps, then 1 rep. A lifter will have to judge how their body feels with various increases. I don’t fight the battles.

Wendler has made substantial changes and, in my opinion, improvements to that original template. Main Lifts Programming See the book. I plan my training for a year. But the problem is, people live for today’s workout. Another unique feature is that final balls-out set in each workout.

That’s exactly what I’m 5311. Why people get so bent out of shape about taking two steps back if it means they’ll be taking 10 steps forward is beyond me.

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Again, Wendler seems to have come to this conclusion himself. Let me know which templates you want to see here.

Let’s walk through the Week 1 workout for bench press. The lighter percentages, while great for long-term, sustained progress, completely bias the program towards hypertrophy and away from strength. See the Related Subreddits section for other popular fitness-related subreddits. Rather than predetermining your top set of the day, you simply work up to a top set.

July 12, First Set Last: StrongLifts 5 x 5 Vs. The program has also received criticism from lifters on two fronts: Fuck that, where are you going to be in five years, when you’re still benching with your ass halfway off the bench?


I know exactly what I want to do, and what I want to accomplish 12 months in advance. Hope you’re not doing any of them. Simple Training for Extraordinary Results. Be respectful, civil, and charitable 2. I really want to help people, but if they won’t take my advice there’s nothing I can do. DeFranco Agile 8 and None. The game of lifting isn’t an eight-week pursuit. Crank some Black Sabbath. Note that this is should not be to true muscular failureand you should leave reps “in the tank” on these sets.

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Get a bulletproof core. Today I have different aspirations. You might like your own version of it better than the original, but you can’t attribute your success or failure to the guy who wrote the program unless you’re actually doing the program as he wrote it.

If it doesn’t have a specific percentage based on a specific max, it’s useless. Before each jin, do a warm-up that includes mobility, flexibility, something to raise your core temperature and heart rate like rope jumpingand foam rolling.

There is a difference.