# 5/3/1 Second Cycle Weight Question

#1

Maybe this is answered in the book or my comprehension just sucks (likely #2) but when I go onto my second cycle of 5/3/1, do I add, for example, 5 lbs. to my max that I figure the percentages off of or to the actual lifts I did?

For example, if I based all my percentages off of a max of 135, I used 90 percent of that number to base my maxes off of - 120 lbs.

For cycle 2, do I go off of 140 lbs? Or just put 5 lbs. onto all the lifts I accomplished in the last cycle?

Much obliged for the help.

#2

You should be adding 5lbs to your training max. In this case, it would be 120+5.

#3

OK. So add 5 lbs. to the 90 percent number, and that's the deal for each cycle, yes?

#4

Sort of.

Add 5 lbs to upper body lifts, and 10 lbs to lower body lifts. Example:

1RM tests:
Bench 200
OH Press 150
Squat 300

5/3/1 Max Weights 1st Cycle (90% of 1RMs);
Bench 180
OH Press 135
Squat 270

Max Weights for 2nd Cycle:
Bench 185 (180 +5)
OH Press 140 (135 +5)
Squat 280 (270 +10)