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2-Day Template Question


#1

I’ve read 531 and beyond 531 but maybe I missed the answer to my question. In regards to Jim’s article here on training for busy guys, I understand how to lay out weekend training, but am unsure of what would constitute a cycle. Since I’m only doing the big lifts 531 style every other week would i still raise my TM after 3 weeks? I know i won’t need a deload week since I’d have 5-6 days in between. Thanks to anyone who can clarify this for me.


#2

Was just re- reading 531 and another question came up. How do I schedule the 531 in regards to the week of 5’s, 3’s and 531? Would it just be every other week then? God I feel stupid. Book suggestion Jim, 531 for stupid people.


#3

Cycle would take 6 weeks -which is how long it would take you to run the whole progression.

And probably wouldn’t need to de-load.


#4

After reading your post I am not sure what you are trying to do?

Are you training 2 days a week with 1 main lift per day? Or 2 days a week with 2 main lifts per day?

Or are you training on a weekend every second week? Perhaps you could give a rough outline of 4 weeks of training so we can get a better idea of what your having issues with?


#5

What I’d really like to do is:

Wednesday
Deadlift 531
PRESS 531
Assistance

Thursday
SQUAT 531
Bench 531
Assistance

Then off 6 days and repeat.

531 book and an article by Jim on this site recommend basically alternating the heavy work when training 2 consecutive days:

Saturday
Deadlifts 531
SQUAT 5x10
Assistance 5x10

Sunday
PRESS 531
Bench 5x10
Assistance 5x10

Then the next week
Saturday
SQUAT 531
Deadlift 5x10
Assistance 5x10

Sunday
Bench 531
PRESS 5x10
Assistance 5x10

In the first scenario I think I can handle the intensity but wasn’t sure how it would work long term as fat as progress.

Second scenario when would I raise my TM .

Sorry if I’m not being clear, I’ve been lifting for a while but have always just followed preset programs, strong lifts then starting strength and now 531, so I’m getting a little over my head having to think about my programming lol.


#6

If I go with Jim’s weekend scenario then I’m only doing the 531 lifts twice a month, is that enough to still make gains and progress?