I pretty much swore off forums a couple years ago but maybe we can all be adults and get something out of this. I’ve benefited a great deal from the information in Jim’s books so I look forward to his contributions here.
To anyone who hasn’t read Beyond 5/3/1, I can tell you it’s a good book and has helped me. I picked it up the day it came out, since I have the other 5/3/1 books and why the hell not, but my expectations weren’t terribly high because the 5/3/1 program is pretty straightforward and only so much can be said about it.
What I didn’t expect was the craft that went into putting this together, and the wealth of training strategies it contains. I have been using the 'Beyond 5/3/1: Training Maximally" system since June, and the results have been eye-opening. Specifically, I’ve exceeded lifetime PRs (set at heavier bodyweights) in every lift, in several rep ranges.
410x5 to 415x5
430x3 to 445x3
480x1 to 500x1
290x5 to 300x5
305x3 to 315x3
335x1 to 355x1
455x5 to 480x5
480x3 to 535x3
555x1 to 580x1
Did these at around 210, haven’t gained more than a couple pounds since starting. To me, this is good progress for someone who’s been lifting for nearly a decade like I have, and the PRs keep falling.
I also spent plenty of time with the original 5/3/1 a couple years ago when I returned to lifting after a lengthy hiatus, and it served me well, so I have a fondness for this training.
I’m starting this thread both to thank Jim for his latest work, and to see what other people who’ve adopted the new system have done. One of its strengths as I see it is its adaptability; even more than the original 5/3/1 you can take things in any of a number of directions based on what you need.