I have a few curiosities in regards to 5/3/1 and west side nonlinear training . And I'm hoping Mr. Wendler happens to be trolling and sees this.
Correct me if I'm wrong, 5/3/1 is a linear program in terms of progression. You're training within different "intensity zones" and slapping on more weight each week. I'm sure Jim is good with Louie Simmons and the like (west side lifters), and I'm wondering what his opinions were on 5/3/1 when Jim first introduced the concept to everyone. I know Louie advocates rotating max effort lifts, dynamic work, etc.. some of the things Jim isn't really a fan of I guess?
I've read in a few articles that Jim doesn't necessarily favor switching the main lifts either. Now I'm not as familiar with Dave Tate but it seems like Dave follows more of a west side approach also ... I'm wondering if he and Jim just agree to disagree on some things? And Jim, have you ever trained with a west side template ? I'm just curious.
I would like to rotate exercises but I feel like my main lifts will suffer if I'm only going back to them once every 2-3,weeks. Plus , I love the clean and jerk , and ramping up in that and then a ME lift means too much time in the gym for me ...
Personally, I would like to present a 3 week "peaking cycle" that I've made for myself for the bench press and get some opinions... ( I've tried to answer my own questions here guys)I'd like some feed back, I'm going into my senior year of high school competition and would like to stick with 5/3/1 if I can.
1. Bench Press 3x5 65-85% (don't go for max reps)
2. Board/Floor Press - for a few singles (@ what weight/percentage ?)
1. Bench Press 3x3 70-90%(don't go for max reps)
2. Negatives @ 95% as many can do for a count of 5
1. Bench Press 5/3/1 75-95% (don't go for max reps
2. Speed Bench 6-8x3 40-50% w/chains or bands.
- I have other ideas for the squat, dead and push press but I'll stop here.
Would be greatly appreciated