Wendler's 5/3/1 Training Program Review?

  1. Wendler's 5/3/1 Training Program Review?


    Hi Everyone,

    I just downloaded some info about Wendler's 5/3/1 training program.

    That is focus on barbell squat, bench press, deadlift, and military press.

    Week One 3 * 5
    Week Two 3 *3
    Week Three 1 * 5/3/1
    Week Four 3 * 5

    After these strength work sets are done, 5*10 or 5*15 can be done for hypertrophy work.

    It seems simple; but, as with anything simple, there runs the risk of over-simplification and in this way stalled gains.

    What do you guys think? Any one try it?


  2. There are variations for the assistance work.
    Big but boring (what you described)
    Dave tates's periodization
    All depending on your goal
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  3. Have you read the book?

  4. What do you guys thinks?

  5. I think many people have been happy with their 5-3-1 progress, but I also believe a lot of them didn't just follow the generic template you find online. The book had many variations of the program to help keep you from plateauing, but like all programs, you can't just run it infinitely.
    It's Bea, fcker. Bea Mother****ing Arthur. Dammit........lol

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  6. It does work and works well. You have to follow the program as written and be sure to do the deloads. I used it for several months for strength gains and made some good progress

  7. I did his original years ago. He has since then upgraded. I think the original had the pressing volume a little low for some.
    Anyway, I never really find the problems in simplicity per se, if the work is hard enough and progress is monitored and programmed, simple layouts can be the best to follow for the masses to gain.
    Example, when I went into WSB stuff (years ago also), I thought the more complicated routines and W/O's would be some kind of magic ride. Actually I was losing strength in the main lifts, because I had no real clue what I was doing, how to track progress, what kinds of intensity to use wek in and week out on differing lifts etc. and also how to and how much canvas they were relying on, even though it felt like I was in touch with all this new tuned in work.
    It can be easy to confuse "simple" and "hard" (as in hard work on just a handful of simple lifts)
    If you google and do some research into Jim's stuff/seminars/articles, (and Tate's as well) he is a pretty seasoned veteran of strength and knowledge.

  8. Found the book:
    .amazon.ca/Simplest-Effective-Training-System-Strength-ebook/dp/B00AJ8CIQM

  9. Bump.

    I just purchased the book online and am interested in people's experiences with running the program. Thinking of getting into more of a powerlifting routine.

  10. I enjoyed this program and it definitely helped me get stronger.
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  11. Quote Originally Posted by puccah8808 View Post
    I enjoyed this program and it definitely helped me get stronger.
    At any time did you think it was not enough volume? I am used to and currently employ more of a bodybuilding style routine but have increasingly been a lot more interested in powerlifting routines specifically because of the possible strength increases. I also looked at the PHAT and PHUL routines for a while but decided to just buy the book and give this routine a shot.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by Demgainz View Post
    At any time did you think it was not enough volume? I am used to and currently employ more of a bodybuilding style routine but have increasingly been a lot more interested in powerlifting routines specifically because of the possible strength increases. I also looked at the PHAT and PHUL routines for a while but decided to just buy the book and give this routine a shot.
    Yes, I hated the low volume, and there were days when I had to go super light and felt like a bum. In my head I was screaming to everyone in the gym, "I swear I could lift more! I'm just following a program right now!" I was pretty amazed at how strong I got, though!
    If I live every moment believing, then the chaos in my heart will be a beautiful thing.-
    I am in love, but not in love with someone or something, I am in love with my life. And for the first time, in a long time, everything is inspiring.-

  13. I just finished the Boring But Big 3 Month Challenge that you can find on his web site. I saw some really good strength gains. I also saw some mass gains in my back/traps from all the deadlifting. I don't think I deloaded enough though - my knees really took a beating squating 2x a week. I'll probably run it again next year.

  14. The three month challenge I think had the BBB assistance be an alternate exercise, like deadlifts on the day you squatted. I do the assistance the same as the main power movement. Really gets your heart rate up too if you keep the rest short. Haven't dropped any weight doing it but the weight lifted is going up.

  15. There are tons of variations
    You can use the black iron beast website to calculate all your lifts for the majority of the 531 programs
    There is plenty of 531 information online for free
    Wendler even stated that 531 is not a power-lifting program. Many have said its very low on volume: it is. I read about a guy doing EMOMs after the Main lift. I tried it and it made a big difference in strength gains
    I see it as a longevity program. Start with a 85% training max and go forth
    Yes, I have used it a few times since the original book when I didnt want to think about programming

  16. Ok. So I have been on the 5/3/1 program for about 2-3 months now and am enjoying it so far. I plan on staying on this program for a while. I am having some concerns with increasing my maxes on my lifts. I have search the internet and have seen some differing views and opinions so I figured I'd ask here.

    If during the course of my training and hit joker sets past my training max do I then use that new max as my training max or do I stay the course? My concern is this: I don't want to wait two or three more months to hit a new weight PR when I can potentially do it now. If I don't it now I can ultimately progress faster. However, the drawback of using the new weight PR is that I may potentially stall earlier.

  17. Still making progress in keto in a deficit on the program. Love it paired with the boring but big assistance template. It's evolved a bit over time. I'd recommend his newest book

  18. Quote Originally Posted by puccah8808 View Post
    Yes, I hated the low volume, and there were days when I had to go super light and felt like a bum. In my head I was screaming to everyone in the gym, "I swear I could lift more! I'm just following a program right now!" I was pretty amazed at how strong I got, though!
    That's why leaving your ego at the door is a thing he tells you to do. With my coach I pulled 400 recently. Haven't touched it once in programming. You are training, not testing. His principles really do work.

  19. I've heard good things about 5/3/1 from some bigger guys at my gym. I don't see why a routine focused on building strength in the major compound movements wouldn't work. Just put in the intensity and get adequate rest. Let us know how you progress.
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  20. Ive been running 5/3/1 for 5yrs now and will never stop running it....Wendler has spent 20+yrs lifting and 10+ writing programs....get the books and read them thru a few times to understand the principles of 5/3/1....that will get u thru life more then program jumping every other week.

  21. I guess no one has any answers?

  22. Quote Originally Posted by Demgainz View Post
    I guess no one has any answers?
    I would say complete your cycle wth your maxes that you have inputed because that's the intention of the cycle. Once you finish then reset your maxes and restart
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