View Full Version : Joe D using 5/3/1

06-25-2009, 07:54 PM
Whats going on! this is from his site

With regards to Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 program…

I think it is an incredible program. I love simple programs that produce BIG results and Jim’s 5/3/1 program definitely delivers!

With that being said, my WS4SB template is still the basic template we follow in my gym for most of our athletes. But, we’ve been experimenting with Jim’s 5/3/1 set/rep/percentage scheme for the squat and bench press on Max-Effort Days for some of our athletes. For example, on Max-Effort Lower Body Day, we will use the 5/3/1 sets, reps and percentages each week for the main lift (free squat or box squat); but then we will follow “our” template for the rest of the workout. I’m usually not a fan of “mixing” programs, but I feel this is the exception to the rule. Jim’s set/rep/percentage scheme works great for the first exercise; then our athletes get the extra volume from our template. This is a great combo for younger athletes (high school & college kids) who can handle – and recover from – more volume

Travis Bell
06-25-2009, 08:21 PM
He's trying something new and experimenting. I'm not sure what the problem is?

Are you under the impression that Defranco used to be a lifter at Westside? He has not if that's what you're thinking is the confusion about using a different template

Defranco has just read up on and talked to enough people to understand the template well. I'm pretty sure he's also good friends with Jim and Dave, so it doesn't surprise me that he's trying to mix some of Jim's stuff in there.

Or maybe you're just confused as to how he's doing it?

06-25-2009, 08:29 PM
Its joe defranco the dude who made westside for skinny bastards. Just seemed odd yet cool that he is trying it. figured it might be something that would interest some people here.

06-25-2009, 08:59 PM
Why the confusion, Joe is using what he thinks is best for his football athletes (granted he trains other sports, but I digress) Im glad to see he's evolving...