View Full Version : 5x3x1 bench next week

Nate IRL
08-26-2009, 01:37 PM
Hey guys I just reached my goal of a 5x5 at 215lb. Couldn't of completed a 6th set with 5 reps, meaning I was pretty damn drained.

I'm interested in switching to a 5x3x1 cause I never do sets with as little as 3 reps, and never do just one rep.

I weigh Approximately 200lbs. The thing that scares me the most is wasting time on a chest day so I want to plug the right numbers in here.

If i can do a 5x5 @215 what do you think my 5x3x1 numbers should be? At least to start and accomplish something. thx

08-26-2009, 01:49 PM
I would try 5x3 and keep adding weight. If you are referring to the 5/3/1 method it does not work like that.

Nate IRL
08-26-2009, 01:55 PM
I thought it was 3 sets. 5 reps, 3 reps, 1 rep. Increasing weight accordingly.
5x3 has always been an option as well.

08-26-2009, 01:58 PM

Buy Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 book if you are interested. This book lays out all of the details on how to set-up this kind of program and its an e-book, which means you will have it as soon as you pay for it. I believe there was also an article on T-nation not too long ago that gave a pretty good outline of the program.

Nate IRL
08-26-2009, 02:04 PM
Definitely not what I thought. Apparently got some wrong information.
5x3 should probably be my next step before switching to a full program this advanced. thanks for ur help

08-26-2009, 02:11 PM
5x3 sounds like it would help you make some progress for now. Eventually you will stall and have to move on to something a little more advanced, but I would keep doing this kind of program until the progress stops.