I have a couple students - 18 year old freshmen - who came to my office yesterday. Rather than wanting to discuss the previous day's lecture on satire and Huck Finn, the guy and girl wanted to know my workout plan. Long story, short, is that she's a slender, athletic girl and she wants to lift heavy and "get buff" but the programs in Women's Health and on Pinterest aren't cutting it. He's athletic looking but not muscular. Same goals. They both say they lift regularly with DBs and BBs, just not with heavy weight.
I suggested they consider buying the revised 5/3/1 and starting out with a very basic program to learn the movements. I also said they should find someone (who isn't also their lit professor) who knows what they're doing around weights and to make sure she learns correct form.
After class this morning, the girl had a new question: whether this program was okay for females to follow. I'm not about to start making up answers, so I'll ask here:
Is 5/3/1 appropriate for women?
I honestly have no time, desire, or right to coach anyone. The entire purpose of following Jim is that I get to lift like an expert without having to be one. I don't mind being helpful, but if 5/3/1 will work for her, I'd feel better telling her to read the books, start out slow and low, and then send her on her way to sink or swim.