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5/3/1 Bodybuilding Template Question/Suggestion


#1

Hi,

I’ve been running the BBB template for 6 cycles. I’m loving the program, and made some amazing progression.

But now I feel like it’s time to switch things up, so I was planning to do the bodybuilding template.
The only thing is, I want to hit my muscles twice a week just like I did while doing BBB. So my ideal template would be an upper/lower kind of thing.

My question is: can I do the main lifts as usual, but change the assistance work so I can hit everything twice a week?

So the template would look like this:

Day 1:
OHP – 5/3/1
assistance: chest/back/arms

Day 2:
Deadlift – 5/3/1
assistance: quads/abs

Day 3:
Bench Press – 5/3/1
assistance: shoulders/back/arms

Day 4:
Squat – 5/3/1
assistance: hams and glutes(RMDL)/abs

I know it’s nothing like the given template, but I’d like to hear everybody’s thoughts on this.

Cheers
(sorry for possibly incorrect english, I’m Dutch)


#2

Incoming.
Brace yourself.


#3

Taking cover…


#4

Try it and see


#5

hey, how are things in maaskantje? i would say your plan looks okay, because it looks very similar to “periodization bible” in JW’s 531 2nd edition. adapt your volume i.e. either push for a PR and lower assistance volume, or do minimal reps/slightly over/ 5’s PRO and push the assistance work.