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    A question about a Jim Wendler routine *help!*

    So I'm doing a routine Wendler recently posted on another website, and day 3, Friday, looks like this:

    Friday
    Exercise Sets Reps
    A Front squat 3 5/3/1
    B Press 3 5/3/1
    C Rows 3 10
    D DB press 3 10
    E 4-Way neck 3
    F Sit-ups 3 20


    My question is, does exercise D (DB press) refer to DB bench presses or DB overhead presses? I have to do this workout in about 3 hours, so a speedy response will be appreciated!
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    It's a little late for you now. What did you end up doing?

    I believe it is Dumbbell Press (overhead). Why? On the bench day he has you do more chest/tri assistance work--dips. So my guess is more work for the delts on the overhead press day. He's a big fan of pressing, so to me this makes the most sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meat_Head View Post
    So I'm doing a routine Wendler recently posted on another website, and day 3, Friday, looks like this:

    Friday
    Exercise Sets Reps
    A Front squat 3 5/3/1
    B Press 3 5/3/1
    C Rows 3 10
    D DB press 3 10
    E 4-Way neck 3
    F Sit-ups 3 20


    My question is, does exercise D (DB press) refer to DB bench presses or DB overhead presses? I have to do this workout in about 3 hours, so a speedy response will be appreciated!
    When I hear DB Press I usually think of Flat Bench using DB's, and when Jim Wendler says "Press" I usually think of standing military press. My guess is the following:

    A = Front Squat
    B = Standing Military Press
    C = Bent Over Rows
    D = DB Bench Press
    E = Neck
    F = Sit Up's

    Just a guess...
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    Given that its a 5/3/1 of overhead pressing, it would make way more sense that the db press is overhead in a different rep range. I'd think you'd do a similar thing on a 5/3/1 benchpress day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMcGuire View Post
    Given that its a 5/3/1 of overhead pressing, it would make way more sense that the db press is overhead in a different rep range. I'd think you'd do a similar thing on a 5/3/1 benchpress day.
    The thing with the accessory work is that he is doing Rows 3x10 the set before, so it would make sense that both are in the same plane but opposing (rows and bench press).

    If the full routine is posted it may be easier to figure out...
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    Thanks for the replies, guys. I've been told Wendler meant DB bench presses, but here's the whole routine if it'll help:

    Monday
    Exercise Sets Reps
    A Squat 3 5/3/1
    B Bench press 3 5/3/1
    C Dips 3
    D Chin-ups 3
    E 4-Way neck 3
    F Sit-ups 3 20

    Wednesday
    Exercise Sets Reps
    A Power clean 3 5/3/1
    B Deadlift 3 5/3/1
    C Incline press 3 10
    D Barbell curls 3 10
    E Back extensions 3 20
    Friday

    Exercise Sets Reps
    A Front squat 3 5/3/1
    B Press 3 5/3/1
    C Rows 3 10
    D DB press 3 10
    E 4-Way neck 3
    F Sit-ups 3 20



    Since I don't have a neck machine, I usually do a trap/delt exercise in place of it: face pulls, upright rows, or db overhead presses. I think that gets enough shoulder work in.
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    I honestly don't think it matters. Just pick one. The shoulders are a small muscle anyways. I can also see Wendler laughing about splitting hairs over something like that
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