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531- Do the Days Matter?


#1

Wendler has set it up as Press - Deadlift - OFF - Bench - Squat - OFF - OFF

does the order of the exercises matter, as in did he have a reason for having it in this order, or can I freely move it around without it deviating from "531"


#2

As long as you don't do something stupid with the order, it shouldn't matter.


#3

thanks. of course not planning on back to back squat deads


#4

They do matter...as in choose the upper one and the lower one you are weakest with and put those first in the week.


#5

really? what's the difference?


#6

One would theoretically want to hit their weaker bodyparts first so they can make sure to have more focus and freshness available for the body part. It's why a lot of dudes train calves first, because a lot of times by the time you get to the end of a leg day they are the last thing you really want to think about.

Now, that's not to say that most people DO put their weaker parts first, lol.


#7

After doing it for a while here are some general rules for the split I learned

1) Order does not matter as long as it alternating upper and lower days
2) Don't lift more than 2 days in a row
3) If your bench day was Wednesday the earliest you want to do it again is the following Wednesday, etc
4) Special exceptions for #2 and #3 are fine if you can't make it to the gym for a few days and want to finish a workout earlier, as long as you don't do this often.


#8

If you take two days off for the weekend then the order probably matter more, Monday you being a bit fresher