Just to prelude, I am yet to purchase the book (which I plan to). Would 531 Forever be the best one for me to buy? I have done a lot of reading online about 531 the past few weeks though.
After my first year of training building off of a 5x3, 3x8-10 alternating heavy and light days for each main lift type of program. When I stalled I started incorporating things I’d learned from research, observing other programs, and listening to podcasts. I continued to make great progress and to be fair, I still am (albeit obviously a little slower). I put a lot of thought into what I do each week and sometimes my results aren’t fully as expected so I feel it’s probably time for me to be a little smarter with my training and follow something tried and true.
Please don’t castrate me but in the last month leading up to Christmas, I did my own haphazard version of BBB. Keeping my probably bullshit progression and rep schemes of the main lifts but then doing the 5x10 for the second session of the lift (squat/bench and deadlift/ohp rotating). With the 5x10s at 50% feeling so easy I was adding 10% a week and once I got to around 70%ish x 10 on bench, for example, I was then adding a kilo each week. The highest bench I’ve pushed is 105kg and my 5x10s worked up to 77kg. Even though I managed it I’m sure it’s not sustainable. A week off over Christmas gave me the patience and fortitude to realign my goals and hopefully be more methodic.
My biggest qualm with 5/3/1 (which i’m sure is heard all the time, and I apologize) is the whole training max thing. I’ve gone through phases where i’ve done 3-4x8-10 @ 80+%, And for my heavy days the 5x3 I was on has lead me to rotate rep ranges between 2-5. Usually doing 4 or 5 sets of 90%+. Maybe my intensity has been too high for too long? I’m just fearful of going backwards. I understand the concept of joker sets but most people recommend not to do them every session so i’m still a little confused. After someone confirms the book I should buy maybe I’ll understand things a little clearer but mostly I’m just thinking that going from 4-5 sets of 90% and 3-5 sets of 75-80%+ that the basic alternatives I’ve read might not be for me (or maybe it’s exactly what i need). I know there are solutions to this with all the different templates so i’m still into 5/3/1, I just need to be pushed in the right direction really.
Thanks to anyone who took the time to read this…