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3/5/1 Instead of 5/3/1?


I notice that some do 3/5/1 instead of 5/3/1. Is there a reason?


If you push yourself hard it may be beneficial to do the middle week lighter (85% top set, no PRs etc). Some programs have built in 3/5/1 order.

In the grand scale it does not terribly matter which one you’ll use.


As mentioned in the Forever book, sometimes the 3/5/1 has advantages (as Rattus pointed out). It all depends on how you program your training.