Just an update, but first 4 weeks have been great. I had a sit down with the HFC to express my concerns, and fortunately, I was able to get him to buy in to the idea of going for rep maxes every 7-8 weeks (which would just be the 5/3/1+ week).
I would like to get your thoughts on the template I've been using. Kids have absolutely loved the offseason training thus far. In-season (basketball) kids are still following the standard 5/3/1 protocol, but I am using your hardgainer template for our football guys b/c I feel it fits our off-season (non- basketball) athletes' goals much better.
Keep in mind I coach at a very small private school that is in an absolutely brutal region so gaining size and strength is my #1 priority. We looked like a JV playing Varsity kids most of the year. We have 5 combined juniors and seniors, so I definitely feel the responsibility of putting size on our kids, as a lot of our freshman will be starting. Absolutely not an excuse at all, just wanted to give you some background.
Would you recommend the hardgainer program for my situation? Or should I stick with 5/3/1?
I absolutely don't want to come across as a "mix and matcher" or "program jumper", I have just never faced a situation where I feel the responsibility to increase size.
Surprisingly, the widow-maker set on squat day has made a huge impact. Adding that set alone has single-handedly increased the camaraderie among the kids.