So I’ve been researching 5/3/1 for a while, read the PDF version online, decided to finally breakdown and get Forever once I figured out I understood a good chunk out of it. (Unrelated, book got lost in shipping for… about 4 weeks. Even though I paid for priority… goddamn mail)
Anyways, I started with BBB because it has a good following, and I haven’t done shit for volume in a while. I’m probably classified as an… experienced beginner. I’ve lifted for years, but only started taking it seriously in the last year or so. SO I’m about two weeks in, and I know it’s supposed to start out very easy. But the actual 5/3/1 rotation feels… way too easy. Almost like I’m not putting in any work. Is this normal? The volume sets are pretty excruciating, which is to be expected considering I haven’t done more than 5 reps in a year with a barbell.
As for the shoulders, simple question: Shoulders feel substantially better, but I wanted to spend some time doing Z-Press as opposed to actual OHP, due to the massive decrease in shoulder strength and a little bit of lingering pain. Trying to retrain them from scratch. As well as adding some extra assistance. Is this a decent assessment? (Bench is around 340, OHP is around 165 now, which seems extremely disproportionate)