1) My main goal is using the 531 and variations for powerlifting purposes. With this in mind I have decided on the Simplest Strength template to begin my 5 cycle plan.
How do the vets recommend balancing the conditioning work when the goal is strength and mass?
This makes no sense - you say you want to do one thing, then do the other.
2) Do you plan 5 cycles in advance or plan them according to the results and feel of the current cycle? My thoughts are:
SST, 531 pyramid, FSL+jokers, BBB, SVR.
I just, JUST, wrote an answer detailing this very thing. It was on this forum so all you have to do is read what I already wrote yesterday.
3) What decisions are the 531 flavours chosen upon? For someone who has a goal of raw strength and size be wise to alternate a strength based variation like SVR with BBB ect for each cycle or two?
No, we program 5 cycles at a time. Again, this was presented just a few days ago on this forum and the past 2 years.
4) When fat loss/conditioning is a priority, how should the training week be modified to accomodate the increase in conditioning work?
When FAT LOSS is a priority, the first thing we do is make sure the person has GREAT eating habits. We do not believe in diet since only fucking morons, literally idiots of the highest caliber, believe in diet. It has VERY LITTLE DO WITH TRAINING.
When CONDITIONING is a priority, the training is always returned to the individual's BASE PROGRAM, which I have discussed many, many times. The only thing that might change is assistance work and the TM. Cutting your calories when conditioning is not always a good thing so I'm not sure when this myth started.
At some point, common sense is going to take over in training. Anyone with me?