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7 Weeks in 5/3/1 BBB


#1

I started this program in hopes of getting my main lifts up to a respectable level. I started with my 1RM for Press - 195, Squat - 345 (I never failed above this but never felt comfortable going heavier), Bench - 325, Deadlift - 475. I never was too concerned with the numbers I lifted but this program really has gotten me focused and using them as motivation. Only using the mirror as a judge has not been a smart move for me and I feel this has been a major change in my mindset.

During the first week I was thinking the program was pretty easy and the 5x10 BBB @ 50% wouldnt be enough of a challenge. I started thinking maybe I should have increased my starting numbers. Well I am glad I didnt. Bumping up to 60% was a challenge in week 4, but by the end of week 6 I was handling it much better and felt much stronger.

During week 6, I worked up to 1RM PR for each lift and am happy to say every lift has greatly increased. Press - 210, Squat - 405, Bench - 345 and Deadlift - 545.

Im looking forward to the next 6 weeks after this weeks deload. At that point I will figure out whats next. Im gonna keep eating big and hoping to get stronger and bigger.

Thanks Jim, great program.


#2

Nice work.

Watch out for that temptation of resetting your weights based on your new PRs.


#3

Yeah the thought had crossed my mind but I know better andI'm scared of being mocked by JW


#4

Great progress and thank your for believing in the program.

I have addressed the "change the TM based on PR" so many times. PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE ON MY BLOG ABOUT THE TRAINING MAX - WRITTEN BY KEVIN DEWEESE. It explains everything.

Once again, as you progress with the program YOU WILL REALIZE that the TM has nothing to do with your strength.


#5

Thanks. Found the article