i’m currently in my 2nd cycle of 531, 4-day split-squat day, bench day, deadlift day, press day. off wednesday, friday, sunday. i’d like to do something(farmers walks, complexes, etc.) but don’t want it to compromise my progress of getting stronger and adding mass.
current training maxes are 270, 205, 310, and 145 for squat, bench, dead, press respectively. i’m 34, 5’7" 158-161lbs and est 10-12%bf. just wondering what everyone does on their off days pertaining to training. [/quote]
Do what you feel good doing (the various 5/3/1 books/challenges present lots of options for just about any way you could want to d–or not do–assistance). As long as you aren’t killing yourself, farmer walks and light accessory lifting won’t hurt your progress. As far as getting blood flow to muscles and mobility if you’re stiff from the previous workout, it might even help. If you aren’t already conditioning, the complexes would be fine to do. Being only 2 cycles into 5/3/1 training, you’ve got a lot of learning your body, growth and PRs ahead of you. I’d say as long as you don’t start missing reps on your work sets, go for it.
**My disclaimer in saying any of this is that I have no idea how high your current volume is for assistance work and/or conditioning on main training days. We are always walking the line between increasing your ability to handle volume and proper recovery.