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5/3/1 Beginners Accessories Progression?

i have been doing 5/3/1 beginners progression for accessories wrong? so every time i hit 12-14 reps on 1 accessory i add weight and dont add until i hit 12-14 again. are we suppost to do it this way or add at the start of every new cycle (3 weeks)? i just started to feel more “fatigued” taking longer resting times sorry for my english

You just have to hit a rep total. Beginners I believe is 25-50 reps, so get that many reps in.

@T3hPwnisher it says from 50-100 reps but i wonder if i can just do 100 reps total from all push/pull/legs exercises (meaning lets say 3 sets of curls with 15 reps 3 sets tricep pushdown 15 sets and 3 sets of 8 reps or so hitting a total of 100 reps from all)?

You can, in the sense that no one will stop you, but it wouldn’t be complying with the program.

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@T3hPwnisher, thanks for clarifying. i just had the doubt in my mind that if i reduce weight to increase reps i might lose muscle or strength (example, going from 120 weight 12 reps on lat pulldown to let say 90 weight and 25 reps. weight reduced to increase reps).

You won’t.

In fact, I’m pretty sure you’ll get stronger and gain more muscle if you do 50-100 reps of anything Wendler describes as an assistance/accessory movement in his 5/3/1 Forever book with the appropriate weight.

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You aren’t going to lose muscle or strength from manipulating the assiatance work since the assistance work isn’t what makes you big and strong.

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