After getting bored with my current routine, I need a change. I decided to go with the 5/3/1, because I've heard nothing but good things about it.
I have the 3 days a week book, and there's a few different variations of it in there. Usually I'm pretty much only concerned with gaining strength, and in which case the "trimulative" variation would be the best for that (one main lift, and 2 assistances lifts per session). However, I have kinda been craving that pump from high volume/high rep work lately, but I still want to keep getting stronger, and the bodybuilding variation of the 5/3/1 seems like it would do just that.
Is there anyone here that did this variation of the 5/3/1? If so what are your thoughts? Too much extra, unnecessary crap in the program, or what?
I'm sure that if it's a variation of the 5/3/1 then the program is solid. In the end it's what you want dude, if you want the extra volume for the pump then go for it. It's already based off of a program that's proven to work so all you need to do it put in the time and the effort.
If you've been doing the strength/powerlifting type training for a while and want to switch things up, go for it. You're advanced enough to know what works and doesn't. What really matters as I mentioned before is what you put into the program.
If you do decide to go with the 5/3/1 bodybuilding variation, I'd be interested in seeing your results, so keep us updated.
Last edited by Cards; 07-27-2009 at 02:29 PM.
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I'm going to be using "some" 5/3/1 starting next week...
Squat 1x20 (light)
Ya, I was thinking about it, and I think mainly the 5/3/1 part just applies to the main 4 lifts. His bodybuilding template has a lot of crappy assistance exercises IMO (like leg extensions and all types of other machines), so I figure I'll just pick assistance exercises that use free weights, and go for it that way.