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2 Day Template


#1

Just a short question, regarding this template:

Day One
Squat 5/3/1
Bench 5/3/1
assistance work

Day Two
Deadlift 5/3/1
Press 5/3/1
assistance work

Would this template be any effective for strength gain if it were performed 2 days in a row? E.G I only have the weekends to train. Or would the weekend template in Jim's article "effective training for busy men" be better?


#2

I do it that way occasionally, usually when shit is hitting the fan, but then I alternate the intensity of workout 1 and workout 2 from week to week - so, for example…

squat 5/3/1, bench 5/3/1…deadlift @70-80%, press 70-80% (week 1)
squat 70-80%, bench 70-80%…deadlift 5/3/1, press 5/3/1 (week 2)

I do the 70-80% stuff by feel, 3 sets of 5-8 or one set of AMRAP, or whatever works.

Your 3 week cycle takes 6 weeks, so you can probably deload a lot less frequently as well. I do it this way versus the lower/upper ‘busy man’ split because I do better with full body’ish workouts and don’t handle lots of assistance very well - I do the above Triumvirate style (add rows to bench, pullups to press) and leave.


#3

The weekend workout in the article you mentioned is much better, and Jim Wendler has already “recommended” it by writing the article. I personally would burn out quick trying to hit 4 rep PRs in 2 days.