To begin, I understand you should use a spotter in your power movements. But many of us face situations where we are not lucky enough to have a qualified spotter for those lifts. For those of us that still want to lift to increase strength, is there a program created for us to follow?
I have read both 531, and 531 for Powerlifitng, and have seen that Jim speaks about leaving “one or two reps in the tank.” He typically does not advocate working to total failure. Conceptually, do you think programming in lower %'s for an extra set would be enough to increase strength without the use of a spotter?
Ex: The regular 5’s week is 65%x5, 75%x5, 85%x5(+)
At a 315 bench, you are using a 285 training max, so your sets are 185x5, 215x5, 245x5
Total working volume 15 reps & 3225 lbs moved (should be more based on last set’s reps)
W/o Spotter: 65%x5, 75%x5, 80%x5, 80%x5
315 bench, 285 training max, sets are 185x5, 215x5, 230x5, 230x5
Total working volume 20 reps & 4300 lbs moved.
If you took away 5% from each of the final sets, did an extra set at that same %, and stopped at the prescribed week’s reps, would this be enough/too much to build bench press strength month to month?
Although this changes a lot about the basics of 531, i either have to adapt it in some way, or move on to a different type of programming, as i am getting too uncomfortable working at the final rep weights and %'s to not have a spotter consistently.