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5/3/1 Reloaded Question


I'm doing the 5/3/1 for powerlifting. I had been doing the regular 5/3/1 for a while now and wanted to switch it up. The only question I had was about the reps. I copied this from the 5/3/1 Reloaded article to help illustrate what I'm asking.

In 5/3/1 for Powerlifting, I switched week 1 and week 2 around and added a few singles, so it basically looks like this:

Week 1: 3 x 3, plus a few singles

Week 2: 3 x 5 only perform requisite reps

Week 3: 3 x 5,3,1, plus a few singles

Week 4: Deload

On the last one I did, on the 3 x 5 week for example, I'd end the final set with as many reps as I can. It only says requisite reps though. Does that just mean 3 sets of 5 reps, or do you still go balls out on the last set? It may sound redundant but I don't know if the balls out set is meant to be included into the "requisite sets."


Requisite reps = 3 sets of 5 reps. No more no less.

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